Community Breakfast on April 28th

We are thrilled to announce that instead of the ONE Spring Fling we’ve hosted annually in the past four years, we will be hosting a free community breakfast on Saturday, April 28th from 10 – noon! More details to come, but we can share that our goal is to bring people from all backgrounds living in different parts of Burlington together and give them the chance to get to know each other, and leave feeling a deeper connection to our community.

Clean Up / Clean Out Event June 24th

Saturday, June 24th
10am – 2:30pm
Sustainability Academy, 123 North St, Burlington VT
Paved lot next to the playground
Entrance on Murray St.

Join your Wards 2, 3, and Central District City Councilors to clean up and clean out! If you have trash and other household items that have been cluttering up your home, yard, or neighborhood, this is your chance to get rid of them for free. Bring them to the Murray Street entrance to the Sustainability Academy where Murray and North St intersect between 10am and 2:30pm on Saturday, June 24th and you’ll have access to dumpsters from Casella Waste, and recycling hauling thanks to CarShare VT’s truck and volunteers.

If you have questions, would like to volunteer, or need help getting items to the dumpsters, please contact:
Laura Hale

If you have household goods that are in good shape, ReSource VT will pick them up for free Monday through Friday. Call (802) 658-4143 x19 to schedule a pick up.

2017 ONEderful Award Winners Announced

Thank you to all who submitted nominations for the ONEderful Awards we’ll be giving out at the 3rd Annual ONE Spring Fling on 4/8! We are thrilled to be able to celebrate this year’s ONEderful Award winners Bonnie Acker, Mellisa Cain, and Carol Ann Wooster.  Why are we so excited?  Because they are fabulous people doing fabulous things in the Old North End.  See what their nominators had to say:

“Bonnie is the “Gardening Queen” in the Old North End. In addition to her gorgeous artwork that adorns many walls in the ONE, Bonnie has spent countless hours designing, planting, and maintaining vegetable and flower gardens at the Integrated Arts Academy. Many an early morning finds Bonnie weeding, watering, and nurturing at IAA. During harvest, neighbors can stop by and taste a sweet berry or fresh bean. Bees happily buzz around the flowers, gathering nectar.

Manuka, a junior in high school, stopped by one day with her father to thank Bonnie for the fresh food they’ve gotten from the gardens. Through sign language and Manuka’s translation, her father was describing his gratitude. Because of Bonnie’s gardens, a neighbor with a 3-year-old has decided that she wants her own garden now. Thank you, Bonnie, for sharing your skills and your excitement about getting fresh food to so many!”

“Mellisa volunteers for every possible thing I know about in the neighborhood. She is nonstop in her commitment to the community. She does the community dinners, she does rights and democracy, she organized a vigil against the election, she volunteers with neighborhood teens. She goes and she goes. She is a total champion.”

“What does Carol do for the Old North End? The Sunshine Free Library— a continuation of always giving! I’ve known Carol for 20 yrs. At Burlington College we collected & distributed art works by community members in a book for free. She is constantly stepping out in her community to help make people feel loved, appreciated, and have their unique gifts be seen & celebrated. She is a champion of the MS walk, having navigated this disease for many yrs herself. Even with her own struggles, she reached out to let neighbors know they have support in rough times, like when I had cancer. She is someone who has lived in & loved the ONE before it was popular to do so. She shares her respect & love of her neighbors w/out basking for fanfare so I think it would be wonderful to give her some.”

New Neighborhood Project and Event Grants Available

After much planning, we are pleased to offer grants for neighborhood projects and events in the Old North End.  This new funding option was created to meet a need we see in the community for individuals and small groups who want to improve their neighborhood and bring people together, but aren’t part of a nonprofit and don’t have access to traditional grants and fundraising.  Grants of up to $250 are available on a rolling basis.

What we fund:

  • Neighborhood projects spearheaded by individuals and groups in the Old North End
  • Neighborhood celebrations and events that bring Old North End residents together

What we do not fund:

  • Projects outside of the Old North End
  • Projects run by nonprofits and businesses (exceptions may be made for very small groups – please contact us)
  • Events that do not primarily benefit ONE residents
  • Events for which there are multiple sponsors

More information and applications are available on our funding page.

First Annual ONEderful Award Winners Announced

Thank you to all who sent in nominations for our first annual ONEderful Awards to honor Old North End residents who make the neighborhood a better place through their volunteer work.  We are thrilled to announce this year’s five recipients:

  • Megan Humphrey, a long-time ONE resident on St. Louis St. and volunteer who has been a great friend to her neighbors and given her time and resources to several causes including the community gardens, the Old North End Arts Business Network, the Ramble, and her own organization H.A.N.D.S (Helping and Nurturing Diverse Seniors);
  • Jess Hyman, a resident of N. Champlain St, who has gone way beyond her work with the VT Community Garden Network to support gardening efforts in the ONE as a volunteer and has been a constant champion of Green Up Day, H.A.N.D.S, and The Ramble;
  • Karl Lukhaup, who took it upon himself to reach out to his neighbors on Russell St. when drug dealing became a problem and spearheaded a neighborhood response based in community connections;
  • Sean Melinn, also on N. Champlain St, who has given hundreds of hours of his time to volunteer for Bike Recycle VT, the Old North End Arts & Business Network, and the Ramble, and is a constant presence in the neighborhood; and
  • Rosie Senna, a life long Old North End resident on Lafountain St. who is affectionately known as “Auntie Rose” to generations of kids and has made caring for neighborhood families her life’s work through the VNA Family Room and her every day interactions with her neighbors.

We will celebrate them and the difference they’ve made in the Old North End at this year’s ONE Spring Fling and hope you’ll be able to join us!

Nominate Someone for a ONEderful Award!

We love to celebrate the good work that is going on in the Old North End!  If you know someone who has made the neighborhood a better place, we welcome you to nominate them for a ONEderful award.  This is non-competitive, and everyone who meets the criteria for the award will be recognized at our ONE Spring Fling on April 23rd, 2016 and receive a free ticket to attend.  To nominate someone for a ONEderful award, please download our nomination form as either as an MS Word .doc file or a PDF, or fill it out online.  Nomination forms are due by Monday, April 11th at 5pm.  The award criteria are:

  • The recipient must live in the Old North End of Burlington, VT (defined as the area between Pearl Street as the southern border, North Willard Street as the eastern border, Manhattan Drive as the northern border, and North Avenue as the western border),
  • The recipient’s actions make the Old North End a better place to live and work, and
  • The recipient does this work as a volunteer.

Nominate someone today and come to our ONE Spring Fling to celebrate!

Let’s Create a Wall of Kindness!

Have you heard of the Wall of Kindness movement in Iran?  To help homeless in many cities around the country, people have put up hooks on designated walls where anyone who has extra warm clothing can leave it and anyone who needs it can pick it up.  (read more about it here).  Given the needs in our own community, we’re exciting about the possibility of starting a Wall of Kindness here in the Old North End.  We’re still in the very beginning planning stages of this project are looking for folks who would like to help organize.  We’ve scheduled a community brainstorming meeting on Thursday, Feb. 11th from 6 – 7:30pm at ONE Arts Center at 72 N. Champlain St. in Burlington and all are welcome.  If you’d like to join in, contact us and we’ll keep you in the loop!

Interviews are online for your viewing and listening pleasure!

Would you like to know more about how the ONE Good Deed Fund came to be and the vision for future?  Board president Laura Hale had two opportunities in the last month to discuss just those very things.

The Plural of You is a podcast by Josh Morgan who interviews people who are trying to make the world a better and kinder place.  You can listen to the episode featuring Laura online and/or download it here:

Progressives Today, a show on Burlington channel 17, covers progressive work happening in the community.  For many years Richard Kemp hosted the program, and after he stepped down, Laura had the pleasure of being the first person interviewed by new host Charles Winkleman.  You can watch it online here:

If you’d like to support the fund’s upcoming grant rounds, please consider making a gift.