From its inception, the SWFT Neighborhood Association has embraced participation from all neighbors, regardless of whether they rent or own. We believe every neighbor is an important part of the neighborhood. SWFT is currently working on a City-sponsored Neighborhood Small Grants Proposal to fund an interesting project that supports that concept. The inspiration for our “Big Tent” Project came from input received last fall when SWFT hosted a welcome party for the incoming students at the newly opened 303 Flats student apartments. During that event, the (younger) group of residents at 303 Flats enthusiastically embraced the (older) group of CityView residents hosted them. In addition to the engaging conversation, the students suggested numerous creative ways to encourage interaction and promote further engagement among the two groups. Most of their ideas involved various kinds of social and professional networking events throughout the year. If funded, our “Big Tent” Project will: (1) connect neighbors and promote inclusion by allowing us to hold future neighborhood events under a literal “big tent”, (2) strengthen the neighborhood’s connection to the newly constructed butterfly habitat garden and the newly opened 303 Flats student apartments, and (3) increase the number of youth neighbors involved in the planning and helping with the execution of neighborhood events. More details to come soon!
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