Summer 2016  
Opening Doors Newsletter
From your friends at NeighborWorks Lincoln 
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New 2016 Community Build
NeighborWorks Week
NWL in the News
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Commemorating 30th Anniversary with New 2016 Community Build Project
NeighborWorks Lincoln (NWL) is thrilled to announce a new initiative - the 2016 Community Build Project, which will commemorate the organization's 30th Anniversary of making an impact in the City of Lincoln. 
Through the Community Build Project, a new single-family home located at 2336 Q Street will be built and sold to one of NWL's first-time homebuyer clients. This project will be made possible through the support of a number of community sponsors, including the following: Bison Inc.; Ernie's in Ceresco; Hampton Commercial Construction, Inc.; Kidwell, Inc.; Lennox Industries; Paul Sayer Drafting Design; and Wells Fargo. 

The public is invited to attend the celebratory groundbreaking event for the home which is scheduled for September 8, 2016, at 11:00 am at the corner of 24th and Q Streets (across the street from the Community Build home site). Work is expected to be completed in the summer of 2017. We believe this collaborative project is a fitting tribute to NWL's 30-year history of making a significant impact in the City of Lincoln.  

"The Community Build project will enable the construction of a new single-family home for one of our clients in one of Lincoln's most established neighborhoods, through a community-wide collaboration," according to Mike Renken, CEO at NeighborWorks Lincoln. "NeighborWorks Lincoln thanks all participants in this project for their support in helping commemorate this milestone in our organization's history."

NeighborWorks Lincoln would like to say a special thank you to Kidwell, Inc., who has been instrumental in the development of this initiative. 

For more information about the project or how to become a sponsor, contact Shawn Ryba at 402.477.7181 ext. 102. 

Keep an eye out for project teasers and updates on our Facebook and Instagram!
A Week of Celebrations
Scorching temperatures did not stop two community events from happening in Lincoln the second week of June. NeighborWorks Lincoln celebrated National NeighborWorks Week with a Neighbor Powered Networks community engagement event and a 30th Anniversary House Warming. Every year, NeighborWorks Week brings together community volunteers, elected officials, and other area stakeholders to acknowledge the revitalization and transformation of neighborhoods all over the country, by providing home rehab and repair, paint and beautification, tours, education, training and informing.
Earlier this year, a group of like-minded Lincolnites and NWL staff 
attended a National Community Leadership Institute. Numerous brainstorming sessions later, the group developed Neighbor Powered Networks and planned a pop-up event to 
be held at the vacant property at 9th and D streets on June 8th. The event featured sustainability resources including Community Crops, the Bike Kitchen, Smoke House, electronic recycling, Pal's history signs, and a "story corps" collecting area residents' history and descriptions of their neighborhood. "Make it-take it" children activities and food trucks added to the family fun-filled afternoon.
A celebration of NeighborWorks Lincoln's 30th Anniversary took place on June 9th at the organization's office at 2530 Q St. Thirty local artists were present with works of art depicting the theme "home matters" including doll houses, photos and pictures of houses, sculptures of animal homes, and other art medium. The public enjoyed tours of the NWL office (the historic Reynolds house), Jared's and Honeyboy's Super Blues Party, food/beverages, while the children were entertained by face painting and other activities. A special appearance was made by retired NeighborWorks America representative Eric Youngberg, who also helped to found NeighborWorks Lincoln. Youngberg presented NWL with a NeighborWorks America District Grant, the Bill Kitchen Award. This $5,000 award is presented annually to the organization in the 13-state Midwest Region that proposes the best NeighborWorks Week plan.
A special thanks to all of the volunteers, realtor sponsors, NWL Board Members and staff, vendors, artists and community resource agencies that made these events possible.

Recent Grant Awards
NeighborWorks Lincoln has recently received the following grant awards from our generous community supporters:

Bank of the West - $5,000 to support stabilizing and strengthening efforts around N. 27th Street business corridor.

NeighborWorks America  - NeighborWorks Lincoln was selected to receive the 2016 Bill Kitchen Award in the amount of $5,000 to support our 2016 NeighborWorks Week activities; a $10,000 grant award to support our 30th Anniversary events and initiatives; and a $2,500 grant award to support a Peer-to-Peer visit for NWL Community Building Staff.

Woods Charitable Fund, Inc. - $60,000 to support Community Building staffing and projects benefiting Lincoln's neighborhoods.

Wells Fargo - $5,000 to support the NeighborWorks Lincoln 2016 Community Build.

We are truly grateful to these community partners for their incredibly generous support of our efforts. 
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In the Community
Check out these great things going on in the Lincoln community! 

*The language used in these announcements is not that of NeighborWorks Lincoln, and is credited to the respective groups involved.* 

The Colonel Mustard Amateur Attic Theatre Company 
The Colonel Mustard Amateur Attic Theatre Company will be performing "Wanted: Robyn Hood (And Her Merry Men & Women)" on August 25th, 26th and 27th at the empty lot located at 9th & D streets! ADMISSION IS FREE! Gates open at 5 p.m. *Seating is limited, so please arrive early to grab your seat!*

Feel free to bring a picnic, frisbee, and your 10-gallon hat. Sitting on blankets is encouraged; please note there is limited space for lawn chairs due to the 360-degree nature of this performance. There will be pre-show activities and the following food vendors present: Kona Ice, Taco Loco Lincoln Dig-N, Nitro Burger and Gelato 2 Go!
Go to their website or their Facebook event page for more details! 

Malone Community Center - "Race in Lincoln Nebraska, Can We Talk About it?"
You are invited to participate in an upcoming community event. The NAACP, Nebraskans for Peace and the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at UNL (OLLI at UNL) are undertaking a discussion on race in Lincoln on three evenings in August -16, 23 and 30. This three-part community forum will be held at the Malone Community Center, 2032 U St., at  7 p.m. 

"Race in Lincoln: Can We Talk about It?" is designed to educate and begin a dialogue in the community about race that will lead to better racial understanding and will inform public policy. We hope that everyone who attends the forum leaves with an understanding that racism is not an individual phenomenon and that we all have the power to create change. 

We will use a series on race produced by PBS as a basis for discussion. In each of the three evenings, we will watch a DVD and then divide into small groups for discussion. Each DVD segment will take about an hour. Each discussion group will be led by a facilitator for about 40 minutes. 

We hope that you will be able to participate in all three evenings. We know this is a considerable commitment, but we believe that this is important for the future of the city and for the future of our diverse communities.

Lincoln-Lancaster County Food Policy Council
The Lincoln-Lancaster County Food Policy Council is a diverse group of farmers, gardeners, businesses, organizations, and individuals with one with thing in common: we care about improving the local food system. This Council recently released a Lincoln-Lancaster County Community Food Assessment 

This assessment is published by the Lincoln-Lancaster County Food Policy Council, a stakeholder council established by the former Local Foodshed Working Group. Its intended audience is local policymakers and readers interested in learning more about the local food system of our region, which impacts agriculture, economic development, health, the environment, and food security in this region. The goal of this document is to identify the benefits, challenges and opportunities for a successful and sustainable local food system in the city of Lincoln, Lancaster County, and our surrounding region.