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WHAT WE DO

We Strategically and Safely Create Impact

Many of our residents have lived in our neighborhood for generations, upholding the culture and values of a strong and cohesive community. But how do we continue to further that legacy inter-generationally and in the midst of 21st Century shifts in innovation and new challenges?


We listen. We listen to our residents, who have voiced key areas of improvement that we can focus on to sustain our community while moving forward.


We also do something.


We promote progress through education and introducing new resources that enable self-help and self-determination. Progress has become key themes of our organization and our community, but not at the expense of preservation.

 

PROVIDING IMPACT ACROSS THESE SIX PILLARS OF OUR COMMUNITY

When we asked our neighbors how SPBA can help, these were the aspects of life they deemed necessary to impact in order to create a healthy and productive community.

PUBLIC SAFETY

  • Initiatives: Safe Sanford

  • Projects include Traffic Light Installation


ENVIRONMENT

  • Initiatives: Sustainable Sanford, Homecare

  • Projects Include Love Your Block Mini-Grant Blight Removal/Beautification, West Ward Community Clean Up, Tree Stump Removal Assessment, Tree Planting Initiative


COMMUNITY OUTREACH

  • Projects include Emergency Grocery Distribution, COVID-19 Fresh Food Delivery, Thanksgiving Turkey Give-Away, Essential Worker Celebration, Community Ride-A-Long

EDUCATION

  • Projects include Safe Drinking Water Forum, Voting Processes, Census Process, Focus Groups, Social Justice Forum, City Council Candidate Speaker Series, Community Updates

HEALTH & WELLNESS

  • Projects include: COVID Education, Vaccine Education, Mask Promotion/Sales


ARTS & CULTURE

  • Projects include Winter Wonderland Decor Contest

 

OUR IMPACT IN 2020

EFFECTIVE

Improve the quality of life of over 130 households within community relevant areas of focus.

EXPANSIVE

Reach 1,800 persons per year with informational and educational content.

EFFICIENT

Scaled initiatives to encompass all residents, including, 15 community projects, 11 community forums, and 7 educational forums.

EVOLVING

Targeting nearly $800K in funding over the next 5 years to support strategic initiatives: Homecare Initiative, Safe Sanford, and Sustainable Sanford.

 

SUPPORT OUR NEIGHBORHOOD

BE SAFE, BE WELL, & MAKE A DIFFERENCE

"Where every block that touches ours is safe and sound" has been the mantra for our community since the inception of our block association.


A Sanford Place Block Association & Friends 2021 community survey uncovered that our residents have safety and blight challenges with their homes. Many residents do not meet City of Newark income requirements to qualify for assistance. They are also not able to cover costs of extensive and needed repairs, nor do their ages and abilities permit them on their own.


Your gifts matter. Your partnership matters. Your participation matters. The safety and wellness of our community depends upon them.