Loving My Community

June 5, 2009

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About eight months ago I became the project lead in my office for the creation and implementation for a new City program entitled “Loving My Community Neighborhood Improvement Grant”.  My coworker Pamè La and I have taken what was once a very general concept for a program handed to us from the City Manager’s Office and turned it into a viable and, dare I say it, impressive grant program.  We’ve been through highs and lows the past 8 months facing potential cuts to our funding and complaints from various critics all the while diligently fine tuning the details of the program.

On Monday, May 11 I presented our program to the Dallas City Council Quality of Life Committee meeting as our first official “roll out” of the details of the program.  Council then voted to authorize the LMC Grant as a program on May 27, and as of this week we have launched our website and are no longer “in progress”. To check it out and get an idea as to what I’ve been working go to www.dallascityhall.com/scs/community.html.  I’ve even been interviewed by the local press http://blogs.dallasobserver.com/unfairpark/2009/06/how_much_do_you_love_your_comm.php to get my comment on the project.

A brief summary of the LMC program.  Loving My Community is designed to award financial assistance to neighborhood groups that present a vision, passion and a commitment to conduct a community operated project or program to address specific needs within their neighborhoods and help improve their quality of life.  We hope that this program will spark neighborhood creativity and involvement and ownership of local communities City-wide.  The LMC Grant will award selected projects up to $10,000 to implement their project idea.

I’m pretty excited about this program.  In my job I see tons of neighborhoods who have a need and desire to better their communities but either don’t know how to go about doing it, or don’t have the money to implement their idea.  I think this program has a chance to really make a difference in the City of Dallas.  And while we don’t know how long we can continue this program into the future with a tight and currently in the red City budget this year, we’re doing our best to do what we can with what we have now.  Hopefully we can get some outside sponsors for the program in the upcoming year to help keep it going.

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