"Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success."
Thanks to You!
With your support, West Grand Neighborhood Organization has had 6,518 calls, over 800 Facebook messages, 20,000 emails and over 4,300 in person visits. 676 people of all ages that logged in over 4,254 volunteer hours and roughly 131 Special events-meetings were held or hosted including National Night Out, Halloween Party at WGNO, Dumpster Day, the Santa Concert at WGNO, Two- Way Street and help coordinate with other organizations to do events like the Westside Community Cleanup, Comcast Cares Day, ArtPrize, Taste of Grand Rapids and Coffee with a Cop. WGNO made countless referrals to partners & other agencies to help our residents.
This past year with your help we had:
Over 1600 calls, over 800 Facebook messages, 20,000 emails and over 4,000 in person visits with neighbors.
676 people of all ages that logged in over 4,254 volunteer hours
Roughly 131 Special events-meetings were held (not including ones attended).
Over 63 homes have been brought into compliance.
456 cars were VIN Etched for free to help prevent auto theft.
14 dumpsters of trash were cleared from our neighborhood on Dumpster Day.
We had a 90% increase in Membership from 2017-2018
Partnered with over 60 non-profits & businesses on various projects.
Staff worked with renters, homeowners & landlords on different issues, which has led to 63 homes being brought into compliance. WGNO has provided a space for neighbors/business owners to get to know each other, learn from each other, about safety, talk about concerns in their neighborhood and even speak with our city leaders about issues that mean the most to them.
Testimonials & Thank Yous from neighbors
Click the picture below to read them. Hover over them to get the background stories.
To help bridge the gap between residents and city services, WGNO has bilingual staff members. Those staff members have been helping to translate materials and important information so more of our residents can live in harmony with each other, be safe and more!
456 cars were VIN Etched for free to help prevent auto theft. Multiple neighborhood clean ups were held and participated in. On Dumpster Day, 14 dumpsters of trash were cleared from our neighborhood.
We have partnered with over 60 non-profits and businesses on various projects. We strengthened our partnership with our business associations by helping them increase their memberships. We work with our local schools to help provide support to them and let students know more ways they can help their community.
It really does take a village to lift each other up and make our neighborhood a safer, cleaner and ultimately better place for everyone who live, learn, work and play here. It also takes a lot of work! One of the many ways we do that is Grandma's Attic. Grandma's Attic is a program we run that if someone is in need of some help they can volunteer two hours a month in the community and be able to shop in our special hygiene pantry which has items in it like dish soap, toothpaste and other items for personal care! Residents have taken advantage of this program and others! Many of them have become empowered, regular volunteers in their community, gaining new connections, even friends along the way!
This coming year we will be looking to get 5 neighborhood projects off the ground with private partners to spur increased public safety, neighborhood beautification and employment opportunities in our neighborhood!
You are the reason why we are making an impact in our neighborhood!
We could not do this without YOU!
Without your support WGNO would not be celebrating over 40 years in our community!
As we prepare to embark on our 46th year working with you! Today we are launching our #GivingTuesday Campaign. Our goal is to raise $5,000 to continue to expand on our successes and give us the ability to do more for the community! If we exceed that goal, even better for our community!
WGNO is partially funded through grants which are specifically designated for certain programs that we provide. However, the special events and other programs we have come from unrestricted funds/donations, which means we have to raise funds to continue them and provide new ones!
This is why this campaign is so important! Would you be willing to make a special year-end gift of $50, $100 or whatever you can afford? It would go a long way!
Your support will make a real, lasting impact in the lives of our neighbors.
Please, click here to make your donation today.
Thank you for your continued support and friendship.
A special thing that you can do to help is Donate straight to our Facebook Page after 8 AM on November 27th as Facebook will be matching funds donated up to 7 Million dollars!
So the more of our supporters that do it the better chance we have of getting those dollars matched! All you need to do is click the Donate button at the top of our Facebook page to have it count!
Additionally, you can help support West Grand Neighborhood Organization by designating us on Amazon Smile as your charity. Just do your normal shopping by using Amazon Smile and a portion of the sale will go to us! Go to the following link and choose West Grand Neighborhood Organization: smile.amazon.com/ch/38-2360945