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.
The Neighborhood Design Center has received a $10,000 “Green Grant” from BGE for sustainable outreach in the Greater Homewood Community! The grant will fund the activities of NDC’s VISTA Volunteer, Matthew Ragazzo, for the 2013-2014 project year.
Matt will be working to spread the word about sustainable construction techniques and systems. The construction or renovation process is a great opportunity for home and small business owners to make sustainable choices that pay dividends to both them and the environment. Matt will help homeowners with those choices and document the challenges faced when implementing sustainable systems in Baltimore neighborhoods.
NDC’s current work with Messiah Lutheran Church was profiled in this week’s Baltimore Guide. Check it out here.
NDC Volunteers Andy Niazy, Wendy McGee-Preti, and Frank Hong are working with the church to develop plans for facade updates that will allow the exterior to better express the small but vibrant faith community within. Possible interventions include new lighting of the front and sides of the church, signage opportunities, new planters, and a “prayer wall” designed to encourage spiritual community interaction regardless of faith preference.
This is the second partnership between NDC and Messiah Lutheran. The first project in the late 1980s marked the first major investment in a rising tide of change for the community. In partnership with Jubilee Baltimore, Messiah developed the rear portion of their church property into senior housing apartments. An NDC volunteer prepared the initial schematic drawings.
Photo by Eric Zygmont of the Baltimore Guide.