Apply now for the 2017 Neighborhood Leadership Academy
The Neighborhood Leadership Academy is a free, eight-session program that empowers South Bend residents to make positive change in their communities. Think of it as ‘boot camp’ for community organizing! The Academy will help you explore your ideas, create a plan for action, get local officials on your side, and build a valuable network. Launches September 21. Applications are due July 29. Learn more
Thank you, Academy Partners!
The Neighborhood Leadership Academy would like to thank these local organizations for supporting the 2017 Academy:
Receive up to $150 for your neighborhood block party
Did you know the NRC’s Block Party Grant Program supports block parties with grants up to $150? A block party is more than a great way to meet your neighbors over food, music, and laughter -- it is also a springboard for forming a strong neighborhood association and building the respect and relationships needed to solve community problems. Learn more, or apply now
What makes the city’s Popular Annual Financial Report so “popular?”
Is it because all the other financial reports want to be like it? (No, but they should!) The City of South Bend’s award-winning Popular Annual Financial Report is so-called because it’s written for everyday people, not just people with budget expertise. See the "Popular" report (and literally dozens of other public financial reports) on the city Division of Finance & Administration's website. A big thank you to John Murphy (CFO), Jennifer Hockenhull (Controller) and Amy Shirk (Senior Budget Analyst) for helping a full house of South Bend neighbors make “cents” of the city budget on the morning of Saturday, July 8.
Interested in having a say in city finances? The 2018 budget process is underway, and opportunities for South Bend residents to become involved begin on August 16, at 5:00 p.m. with a city-wide budget overview. Watch the Common Council's Upcoming Committee Meeting Notices and the NRC newsletter for additional opportunities to become involved before the October 9th adoption of the budget.
Where's Gerome the Gnome now?
South Bend's favorite neighborhood gnome is making his summer travels. Guess where Gerome is now, and pick up a prize! An NRC gnome T-shirt is awarded each week. Be sure to like the NRC Facebook page to join in the gnome fun.
Congratulations to Frank Held, our most recent weekly winner! All weekly winners are also entered into the monthly drawing for the grand prize, a choice between two tickets to NRC's Trivia Around the Bend on November 10, or two South Bend Cubs game tickets where winners go on the field for the South Bend Brew Werks community partner check presentation.
Sustainability in South Bend Neighborhoods
Ready to “go solar”? Solarize South Bend is making it easier than ever to install solar panels on your home or business. A community-led initiative, Solarize South Bend is working to help South Bend residents:
1) Get a Discount: Let's leverage our buying power!
2) Get a Fair Quote: Pre-selection of solar installer, equipment, pricing.
3) Make it Simple: Attend a workshop to learn more.
Participants should sign a contract before Sept 30th, 2017 to receive discounted installation before the end of the year, when changes to utility policy will reduce financial benefits. To learn more, visit Solarize South Bend’s website
, or attend a free workshop
As solar grows rapidly
in South Bend, the City of South Bend is also working
to make it easier, faster, and more affordable for residents, businesses and other to go solar and will soon be a SolSmart
-certified “solar-friendly community”.
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