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Nonprofit Tools for Community Infrastructure in the City of Houston

Are you ready to become
a Neighborhood Leader?

Houston Tomorrow will launch a new program in January 2010 - thanks to seed funding from the Anchorage Foundation - called Houston Neighborhoods. Over time, the project will build a variety of tools for neighborhoods to build better community, improve their livability, and facilitate communication between neighbors and neighborhoods.

Initially, we will focus on building the website tool, which will provide free open source easy to update websites for civic associations and neighborhoods, similar to one we have built for the Mandell Place Civic Association with the free and open source website software, Worpress. These websites will be linked together so that neighborhoods can add feeds from neighboring neighborhoods or neighborhood driven content on a specific subject, and the larger site will aggregate community news, events, and ideas from across the city together in one place.

You are invited to become one of 100 Friends of Houston Neighborhoods by donating or raising $1,000 or a combination of the two. You will then become a Neighborhood Leader and will be invited to meetings with the other 99 Friends of Houston Neighborhoods to develop the Houston Neighborhoods project, guide our focus and energies, and help implement a massive grassroots effort across the city.

Here, you can set up a website to ask your neighbors to contribute to your campaign to be a Neighborhood Leader. 75% of donations will go directly to the Houston Neighborhoods program, with 25% going to the general operations of Houston Tomorrow dedicated to improving the quality of life in the Houston region.

If you do not reach $1,000, you will still be honored as a founding leader of the Houston Neighborhoods project and will be invited to some events, but the four annual planning meetings will be strictly open to 100 Friends of Houston Neighborhoods. Also, we will end the open invitation period once we reach 100 Friends.

Our intention is to initially focus this project on the City of Houston and make it available in other cities in the region at a later date, but if leaders emerge from other cities, we will not exclude them. They will need to take the leadership role of tailoring any programs to their city’s particular situation though.

You can become one of 100 Friends of Houston Neighborhoods
in one of two ways:

  * Donate $1,000 yourself to Houston Tomorrow:
      o Online
      o Send a check to Houston Tomorrow, 3015 Richmond Ave., Ste 201, Houston, TX 77098
  * Start an online campaign to raise $1,000 for Houston Neighborhoods

Photo Credits:
Top right: corn.jpg: Old Shoe Woman
3rd from top right: blues.jpg: rjnagle
All other photos by David Crossley

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.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) said:

I live in one of the disadvantaged Houston Hope neighborhoods, La Bonita, located at the entrance to Northeast Houston.  Our nearest neighbor is Trinity Gardens.  La Bonita and the surrounding neighborhoods are blighted with vacant land that attracts trash dumping, overweeded lots and other unhealthy conditions.  The neighborhood is generally low to very low income.  Our civic club has been working for years to keep the trash off the streets.  The conditions are better but if we slack the slightest, recitivism sets in. 

Our neighborhoods are also surrounded by railroad tracks which have most likely contributed to the rundown conditions in our neighborhoods.  I would like to see the existence of a the rail system running through our communities turned into a postive influence—a scenic and healthy attraction with running, walking, cycling trails running adjacent to the tracks connecting one park to the another.  An advantage we have here though is our trees.  We have plenty of them!

Posted on Jan 19, 10 at 2:09 am

.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) said:

congrats on getting this much needed project started…good luck with it.

Posted on Apr 21, 10 at 12:43 pm

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