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:

http://pluralofyou.org/laura-hale-on-funding-good-deeds-to-build-community/

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:

https://www.cctv.org/watch-tv/programs/onegooddeedfund

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

Summer Grant Round Was a Success

Thank you to everyone who submitted an application for funding in our summer grant round.  We received several excellent grant requests and will be providing funds for five of them.  The good deeds that will be done include:

  • getting a pair of shoes for high school student in need;
  • organizing a day of relaxation for the mother of a young child;
  • building a little free library for a community member who spends her time supporting others;
  • paying for a commuter bike for an individual who needs transportation to a new job; and
  • helping with house painting for a person who has lived in the same house in the Old North End for 65 years and makes her living helping others.

We are thrilled to be part of this excellent work!  Our next grant round will end Friday, December 11th, and if you’d like to apply, you can do so through our online form or download a paper copy.

Bringing up the Next Generation of Community Members

We were so thrilled to work with Burlington Children’s Space preschool teacher Charles Winkleman on a grant to help his class help others. We provided 12 sets of tiny gloves and a wagon so that his students could pick up trash while they take walks in the Old North end by their school. Their “Helping Heroes” program is a perfect way to inspire the next generation to be part of their community!

More information on this program is available on the KidsVT blog and in this article from the North Avenue News.  Great work, friends!

burlington childrens space article complete

 

What Success Looks Like

In our spring grant round, we were pleased to award the cost of building a custom bike for a woman who uses her bike every day to commute and it was in desperate need of replacement. Christine applied for funding, we approved it, Dan at Bike Recycle Vermont built it, and yesterday, Kathy got her new bike!  We are thrilled to have played a part in making Kathy’s daily commute safer and easier.

You can see a video of Kathy getting her bike on Bike Recycle’s facebook page and read more about the bike they built on their blog!

It’s Official!

The letter came in the mail today and we are pleased to announce that after months of work, we have been granted official 501(c)3 nonprofit status from the IRS! That means that all donations are now tax-deductible on both federal and state tax returns!

Spring 2015 Grant Round Awards

The spring grant round is closed and we are happy to announce that we are funding 2 grants, and working with 2 other applicants to see if we can make their ideas work with our guidelines! We’ll be awarding the cost of a commuter bike for a woman who uses her bike for most of her transportation needs and has an unreliable one now, and we’ll be funding a game set for a community member who welcomes many people who are new to the neighborhood into his home and connects them to others. Congrats to everyone and thanks for such great applications!

ONE Spring Fling was a Success!

Thank you to everyone who celebrated the Old North End and the ONE Good Deed Fund’s first anniversary at the ONE Spring Fling on Saturday!  It was a great success and we raised enough to cover 5 more grants.  Thank you to everyone who took a good deed from the good deed tree and are out in the community doing those good deeds, and to everyone who decorated a post card that has been sent out to random addresses throughout the Old North End.  We had 60 post cards total, which gave us enough to send one to an address on every street in the Old North End.  Photos from the event are up on our facebook page.