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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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!
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.
This spring 2015 grant round we are pleased to offer up to 5 green belt garden installations! Green belts are the strip of land between the sidewalk and the street, and they can often be neglected. If you know someone who would love a green belt garden and either owns their property or can get permission from their landlord to have one installed, the ONE Good Deed Fund will provide the plants and the volunteer labor to install the gardens! You can apply using the same application we use for all of our grants and specify that you are requesting a green belt garden. The spring grant round deadline is May 15th, and we hope to hear from you!
The ONE Good Deed Fund has been working with ONE Arts, Whirled Tree Arts, and CVOEO’s Fair Housing Project for months to organize “HeART and Home: Celebrating Inclusive Neighborhoods for Fair Housing Month”. There will be 9 ongoing exhibits and 3 special events – including our ONE Spring Fling event on 4/18 – that will be happening in Burlington and Winooski throughout the month of April! Check them out: http://www.cvoeo.org/fileLibrary/file_162.pdf and follow along on facebook.