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Your Support Means [Community] Progress

Written by on May 5, 2020

#GivingTuesdayNow 6 Ways Your Support Helps Create Community Progress  For more than 10 years, the Center for Community Progress has helped America’s highest-need communities respond to the challenges of vacant, abandoned, and deteriorated properties. From addressing the unjust policies and impacts of America’s past to raising our voice in response to community needs today, our work helps neighborhoods…

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Why Investing in Communities Matters More than Ever in the Time of Coronavirus (Webinar)

Written by on April 27, 2020

Get answers! The COVID-19 pandemic is emerging as not just a health crisis but as a community crisis. What is the role of community development investment and cross-sector partnership with healthcare in strengthening resilience and equity in our post-COVID-19 world? Dr. Akilah Watkins-Butler, CEO and President for the Center for Community Progress will join Build Healthy…

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New Podcast: Community Progress CEO Shares on Leadership During COVID-19 & the “Existential Threat” to Nonprofits

Written by on April 27, 2020

How are nonprofit leaders across the United States “holding it together” during the COVID-19 pandemic? Authors and producers of Nonprofit Quarterly’s TinySpark Podcast, Amy Costello, and Frederica Boswell, recently took on the topic engaging senior-leaders across the country to better understand how the public health crisis is impacting non-profits today. Dr. Akilah Watkins-Butler, CEO and…

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Problem to Purpose: From Landlord Neglect to a Circus for Youth

Written by on March 24, 2020

Newburgh’s Creative Solutions to the Vacancy and Deterioration Challenge Kids flying through the air on isn’t uncommon in one community north of New York City. There, residents and leaders converted a vacant lot owned by a negligent landlord into what’s known today at the Zip Zap Circus — a circus for social change that works…

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Event Update – Cornerstone Webinar Postponed, Recordings Available

Written by on March 23, 2020

To our Community Progress Partners and Supporters,  As we all face the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we know you are playing vital roles in your communities, engaging in crucial tasks aimed at protecting public health and safety.   To show our support, we have made the decision to postpone our upcoming Cornerstone webinar, Strategic Code Enforcement: Building a “3-E” Ordinance Program – Equity, Efficiency, and Effectiveness; originally…

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Community Progress Joins 200+ Nonprofits in Supporting “Charitable Sector: COVID-19 Relief and Economic Stimulus Package”

Written by on March 23, 2020

The Center for Community Progress is proud to join more than 200 fellow nonprofits including Smart Growth America,   Habitat for Humanity, United Way Worldwide, Meals on Wheels America, and Girl Scouts of the USA  in requesting support for a $60 billion infusion of support to nonprofits to enable them to help the most vulnerable…

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Problem to Purpose: Indiana Teens Recycle to Turnaround Vacant Lots

Written by on March 17, 2020

Tired-A-Lot Transforms Vacant Properties While Creating Youth Volunteerism Teaching teens to give back can yield more than positive values and great character; it can help change a neighborhood. Studies from the University of Pennsylvania and Northeastern University show there are positive connections between youth volunteerism, health, and academics. One hybrid group of local officials from the Zoning Land Use…

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Problem to Purpose: Teens Create Deterioration Answers in Colorado Springs

Written by on March 3, 2020

A Camera and $500 Turn into a Deteriorated Property Solution “Eventually the youth started asking, ‘Why can’t we just make the changes?’” explained Mia Ramirez of The Colorado Trust. That one powerful question spurred a student group from the Leaders Engaged and Amazingly Determined (LEAD) in Colorado Springs, Colorado to improve a deteriorated property in…

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#LoveThatLot – Help Tell America’s Big Revitalization Story, Score National Exposure

Written by on February 14, 2020

#ValentinesDay six years ago was just the start. For six years, you’ve shared #LoveThatLot stories of your revitalization wins that have turned vacant lots and homes into beautiful additions to your community. We can’t say thank you enough and how excited we are about your work… so excited that one day or month wasn’t enough.…

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Problem to Purpose: 10-Week Safety Turnaround through Public Art

Written by on February 4, 2020

Massachusetts Placemaking Lighting Display’s Downtown Impact The eerie feeling of a dark alley and dim-lit underpass isn’t just a feeling. A recent New York City study showed that increased lighting can reduce crime by as much as 39 percent. Also, when an area is seen as the “dark” side of town, that physical impression can impact neighborhood…

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