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Local Neighbors Come Together to Celebrate Community during National NeighborWorks Week

Local Neighbors Come Together to Celebrate Community during National NeighborWorks Week

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Great Falls, MT— The week of June 2nd – 9th residents and supporters will celebrate what makes Great Falls unique, as part of a week-long celebration of neighborhood activities nationally recognized as NeighborWorks Week.

During NeighborWorks Week, NeighborWorks Great Falls and other NeighborWorks organizations across the country will mobilize tens of thousands of residents, business people and government officials in a week of neighborhood change and awareness, including painting and landscaping properties, recognizing successful partnerships and hosting a number of events that educate, train and inform. NeighborWorks Great Falls will celebrate with two events. First the Most Improved Awards, which are meant to honor and celebrate those who have invested in our community. This year’s celebration will be held at the Springhill Suites at noon on June 6th. The second event is NeighborWorks annual Neighborhood Tour – this event will showcase the impact and positive change in our community over the past 38 years. This tour will be on a 32 passenger limo bus on June 7th at 2:30pm. For more information on either event, visit: https://www.nwgf.org/features/events or call NeighborWorks office at 406-761-5861.

The 2018 NeighborWorks Week theme is “Advancing Opportunity,” and NeighborWorks organizations advance opportunity by empowering residents and communities with the tools, skills and services they need to help everyone thrive. The National NeighborWorks network is celebrating their 40th year in 2018.

Sherrie Arey, NeighborWorks Executive Director says, “The impact of the NeighborWorks network is far spread throughout the country, NeighborWorks Great Falls is proud to be a network partner and participate in celebrating the advancement of opportunities in our community, as well as on a national level over the last 40 years”.

NeighborWorks Great Falls is part of the national NeighborWorks network, an affiliation of more than 240 nonprofit organizations located in every state, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. Over the past 40 years, NeighborWorks and its network have assisted close to 8 million people through affordable housing and counseling. In 2017, the NeighborWorks network provided housing and counseling services to 455,100 people, repaired 71,300 homes, and created and maintained 43,600 jobs.The NeighborWorks network was founded and is supported by NeighborWorks America, which creates opportunities for people to live in affordable homes, improve their lives and strengthen their communities.

40th High School House Completed

40th High School House Completed

Friday, May 18, 2018

NeighborWorks Great Falls and Great Falls Public Schools celebrated the completion of the 2018 High School House yesterday with students, teachers, and the support of many community members. This year Great Falls High and CMR Students worked together to build the home. Students from both schools worked throughout the school year to build the home from the ground up located at 2108 6 th Ave South. Interior design students choose the finishings of the home. Each year, four students, two from CMR and two from Great Falls High are chosen as Student Builder of the Year and Design Student of the Year. This year’s winners from CMR included Joel Lorang as Student Builder of the Year and Teagan Tabacco as Design Student of the Year. Great Falls High winners included Thain Johnson as Builder of the Year, and Brynn Dart as Design Student of the Year. All four students received a plaque for their accomplishment and $100. Great Falls Public Schools’ Student Culinary Program also participated by providing appetizers and desserts for open house guests. NeighborWorks would like to thank the many community partners involved in making this project possible year after year.

About The High School House Program

NeighborWorks Great Falls was founded in 1980 with a mission to revitalize the city’s historic neighborhoods, provide affordable housing and help residents become first-time homebuyers. A primary strategy in our work is collaboration with local partners, and one of the most significant examples of this is our High School House program.

NeighborWorks Great Falls joined forces with Great Falls public schools to create the program, which provides new homes for residents with low or moderate incomes and gives high school students valuable employment skills. The students provide the labor while NeighborWorks supplies the lot, arranges subcontractors and finances the construction. We also work with potential homebuyers to get them mortgage-ready with homebuyer education, individual homeownership planning and down payment assistance through a matched savings program.

For more information on the High School House program: https://www.nwgf.org/Highschoolhouse

 

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