We are so grateful to the Clayton Baker Trust for their $12,000 grant and the Morton & Sophia Macht Foundation for their $3000 grant to NDC. Their steadfast support makes our Baltimore project work possible!
We encourage anyone who created or takes care of a beautiful garden or knows someone who does please download and fill out the 2014 Beautification Awards Application! We are of course seriously encouraging any of our groups who participated in Clean Up, Green Up 2013. It’s time to get recognition for your incredible efforts! Applications for Spring Gardens are due by April 1st and Summer Gardens are due May 20th. Check the right box, depending on when the garden looks best. Please, if you have any trouble filling out the application contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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We are thrilled to announce the Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation awarded NDC $25,000 with a $5,000 match for general operating. We will be focusing on Staff Development, Community Outreach and Education, and Board Development. This means keep your eyes open for volunteer opportunities in 2014!
The Redevelopment Authority of Prince George’s County awarded NDC with a Community Impact Grant which has supported the creation of our community tool shed and the strengthening of our design studio capabilities. We are ecstatic to be able to increase the level of support needed to make our communities visions come to life. Thanks RA!
Help us celebrate 20 years of Community Design in Prince George’s County and honor Jan Townshend’s 13 years of service with The Neighborhood Design Center!
We’ve got great food from The Iron Bridge Wine Company, music by Le Leyenda, a local salsa band, and more!
It all happens November 7th, from 6-9pm at Joe’s Movement Emporium in Mt Rainier. Registration closing soon
Hope to see you there!
NDC is thrilled to be working with the talented pro bono consultants of the Taproot Foundation. We’ve received a service grant for key messaging strategies, building upon the visual brand developed by MICA’s Center for Design Practice last year. As service grant providers ourselves, it’s an exciting and revealing experience to sit on the other side of the table as the client organization!
Last year we worked with MICA’s Center for Design Practice (CDP) to develop and design our new visual brand. CDP developed a brand strategy and new identity along with recommendations for outreach practices.
Thanks to Sappi’s prestigious Ideas that Matter Grant, NDC will now be able to realize the core education and outreach materials developed by MICA to effectively spread the word and get more community design out to the people.
NDC’s Baltimore office warmly welcomes Matt to the team as he begins his year as an AmeriCorps VISTA Volunteer! He comes to us from North Carolina, where he graduated from University of North Carolina with a degree in public health, a minor in urban planning, and a strong interest in architecture.
Well traveled, Matt recently backpacked throughout Italy, India, and Southeast Asia. He’s also volunteered in Moldova with Engineers without Borders on a water and sanitation project in rural schools. But what you should really ask him about is his hobby of underwater hockey.
Building on a previously completed summer design program at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, Matt is excited to tackle this year’s VISTA project of outreach and research on sustainable construction opportunities in residential communities in Greater Homewood. He plans to pursue his Masters in Architecture after the conclusion of his year of service.
In response to NDC’s call for donations last month, Design Collective stepped up with a generous gift of three HP ProBooks to the Baltimore office. Many many thanks to Matthias Fostel and Anna Dennis for helping coordinate the donation.
With our mission of providing pro bono conceptual design services for community based projects, NDC’s staff are frequently out in Baltimore neighborhoods working with volunteer teams, community associations, and other non-profits. These laptops will facilitate project presentations and otherwise help keep track of things on-the-go.
We are extremely grateful to all the organizations who have offered materials and furniture for our Baltimore and Prince George’s County offices. Your support helps us support community design!
After a year with NDC as a VISTA Volunteer, Mikah Zaslow is moving on. We’re sad she’s leaving, but happy to hear that she is joining Hamilton-Lauraville Main Streets this fall to continue her interest in urban planning.
Mikah worked intensively with the Waverly, Charles North, and Abell communities. She kicked off her year by organizing an Energy Fair for the Harwood and Abell communities where organizations and businesses provided information to residents about how to make their homes more energy-efficient. She coordinated a Healthy Neighborhoods Initiative block project for the 3200 block of Barclay, where volunteers provided design assistance for energy-efficient improvements and design elements that increased community engagement.
Working with Man Alive, Inc, Mikah spearheaded the development of a community garden, orchard, and memorial near their offices in Charles North. The garden will provide an opportunity for horticultural therapy activities for Man Alive’s clients, who are recovering drug addicts. The garden coordinator at Man Alive, Inc. will continue the development of the garden after Mikah’s year is with NDC is complete.
NDC has partnered with Greater Homewood Community Corporation for the past two years on the hosting of VISTA Volunteers like Mikah, and we are pleased to be continuing the partnership next year as well.