It has become more and more evident to me with conversations and doing a little research that good neighbors provide the answers to a lot of common community problems. The isolation of our era with being inside and online, stuck to our virtual world instead of sharing deeply with those next door is overwhelming. But when it comes to meeting neighbors people tend to feel awkward. It feels like your trying too hard if you go over with cookies more than once. My proposal is to use this grant to create almost a mini grant for multiple communities within Centre County. We could buy 8 or 9 new picnic tables with $1000 and give them away to people who commit to hosting a block party for their neighbors this summer. We could also paint them to stand out and show that they were gifted through Meet at the Trailhead to raise more awareness for opportunity to do fun and cool stuff throughout the community!
Funded by State College, PA (June 2018)