Residents coming together to forge connections at Neighborhood Summit

GENESEE COUNTY — There is no official count of the number of block clubs, associations and neighborhood groups in and around Flint. But neighborhood level organization, interest and activity, is on the rise.

To help build connections between them, a neighborhood summit will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 19 at Calvary United Methodist Church, 2111 Flushing Road in Flint.

“Connect the Blocks: Flint Neighborhood Summit” is being hosted by the Community Foundation of Greater Flint’s Neighborhoods Small Grants Committee in partnership with Building Neighborhood Power.

This free event is open to all residents, neighborhoods and community-based groups in and around Flint to come and share ideas, access community resources and inspire positive community change.

Among planned activities, participants will learn how to design a project and to think creatively about how to use available community resources.

Registrations were requested by May 14 but anyone interested in attending can inquire by calling (810) 257-3088, ext. 536.

During the Summit, the Community Foundation will release information on the 2012 Neighborhoods Small Grant program and how to apply for a grant.

The Neighborhoods Small Grants Program reaches out to the Flint community to address pressing issues identified by residents. Established in 1993 through a grant by the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, nearly $218,000 in small grants have been made to support a number of projects that bring people together to create positive change.

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