Our Community Building department focuses on transforming neighborhoods and civic engagement. We engage people from all walks of life in activities that will increase their leadership skills and connect them to the community. We infuse new life into neighborhoods through carefully designed strategies to address physical, economic, and social issues by collaborating with residents, local churches, businesses, government agencies, and other nonprofits.
Community Leadership Forum (CLF): This program is a compressed two-day version of the national NeighborWorks® Community Leadership Training Program. The goal of this program is to allow for a large group setting where residents from diverse neighborhoods come together to learn, exchange ideas and experience the leadership development process. The CLF can serve as a precursor for participants who wish to further develop leadership skills in the seven-week Community Leadership Institute.
Community Leadership Institute (CLI): This seven-week institute guides a cohort through an in-depth leadership development process. Building and expanding on the skills from the CLF, the CLI invites local leaders to teach classes on such topics as effective communication, working with community leaders, business development, and more. The CLI frames these skills through the lens of asset based community development.
Community paint and beautification days (CPBD): During CPBD, we assist existing homeowners with limited incomes to improve their homes by providing exterior painting and light landscape restoration.
Community paint and beautification days brings together NHSSF staff, sponsors, community and corporate volunteers to work alongside residents on a shared common goal, helping to break down socio-economic barriers that exist in our community. The mission of CPBD is to empower homeowners with a sense of pride in their home and community while helping to revitalize their neighborhood’s physical condition.
Other Volunteer Opportunities: NHSSF occasionally seeks clerical/administrative assistance and also hosts one-time community service projects. To find out about any current volunteer opportunities visit www.nhssf.org/volunteer.
Your volunteer project will be a team building experience that provides an opportunity to strengthen leadership, communication, and management skills while supporting NHSSF’s mission. NHSSF invites your organization to participate in our Corporate Community Engagement Program!
What You’ll Give:
- Primary contact as Team Coordinator
- Volunteer group (minimum 15 team members)
- $150.00 donation per participant
- Approximately six (6) hours of service
What You’ll Get:
- NHSSF Project Manager
- On-site training & orientation
- Discussion of neighborhood context and history
- Fun team building experience
- Tools and materials
- Snacks, lunch and beverages
- Social media photo gallery
- Recognition on NHSSF Facebook page
- Certificate of Appreciation
Comprehensive Community Development:
The 79th Street Corridor has suffered from blight and disinvestment for over 30 years. Partnering with the 79th Street Corridor Neighborhood Initiative we brought together a cross-sector of over 25 organizations to form the 79th Street Coalition for Change (79StCFC).
The 79StCFC conducted an area market study and created a Community Action Plan to drive socio-economic progress in the area under six strategic pillars: