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Center for Great Neighborhoods Seeks Support, Offers Mini-Grants

The Center for Great Neighborhoods, the City of Covington's frequent partner in individual affordable housing developments, is asking for support from its neighbors as the new year approaches. Here is the text of its request for funding support:

We hope that you are inspired by the positive change happening in Covington. Our goal for 2013 is to keep you informed about all of the amazing growth and improvements - but that's not all. We want YOU to be involved in making Covington great as well!
As you may know, CGN receives only a portion of our funds from grants and foundations. We need the support of friends like you to realize the many development opportunities in our community.
Scroll down to see how donations are put to work, and how your gift could feed lasting change in Covington.
Neighborhoods & Housing

With your help, we are able to provide affordable housing in great neighborhoods. Our work galvanizes residents, provides critical resources for their efforts, and rehabilitates housing that both stabilizes neighborhoods and helps individual families. Eight single family homes were rehabbed this year and two newly constructed for low to moderate income families who need down-payment assistance. Our houses have consistently increased the tax values of property more than 1000% and eight more homes are already in the queue for 2013!

Youth Leadership

Your gift enables us to help youth in Covington discover their gifts, learn by serving their community, and chart a path to success in school and life. More than 750 children participated in our community and character building programs last year. 98% of our BLOCK program students increased their abilities in goal-setting, decision-making, teamwork, and conflict resolution skills. A new program that focuses on 6-8th graders begins this school year - be a part of it and connect with this crucial age group - we need volunteers to be "coaches" (reply to this email if you're interested).

VITA & Financial Education

Your financial support gives us the opportunity to increase residents' understanding of how to make the most of their income. Our Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) and Financial Education programs put needed dollars in the hands of families and offer them advice to help successfully manage their financial affairs. In 2012, we generated more than $1.1 million in tax refunds by providing free preparation and filing for 893 households, and we're looking to surpass that in 2013! On average, that's about $1230 per return that goes directly to families and individuals served at our VITA site.

Thank You

If you've been meaning to make a contribution, NOW is the time to give! [Remember that all donations are tax deductible] The work of the Center could not be done with out you, and from Center staff, we want to sincerely thank you for your generosity and support. Have a wonderful holiday with friends, family and neighbors!

Ready to Give?

1. Go to our website (click here) to make a secure online donation using either your credit card or PayPal

2. Write a check payable to the Center for Great Neighborhoods and mail it to 1650 Russell St. Covington, KY 41011

3. Stop by the office - we love connecting with neighbors in person :)

The Center is also offering mini-grants for the Covington Youth Commission

The Covington Youth Commission has mini-grants available for groups of Covington young people! This is the sixth year that the CYC has made grants of up to $500 available to help youth improve their community.

Past recipients have included:

Prince of Peace 7th and 8th grades for student-produced books that were distributed to waiting rooms in the community, Two Rivers Middle School STLP (Student Technology Leadership Program) for their Eco Expo project, Glenn O. Swing Elementary School Family Resource Center for the Peaselburg Banner Project Celebration, and Ninth District Elementary School Viking Zone for their Green Team Community Service Club Tree Planting.

To view the application for the grants: Click Here