Grant Announcement!

This announcement was shared this week. We're honored to be receiving this grant! 

Wichita's District 3 is proud to announce the Neighboring Movement by SoCe Life is one of the recipients of a Neighborhood Grant, awarded from some of the proceeds of the sale of the Hyatt Hotel. SoCe Life has been working in the south central neighborhood since 2015. 

Funding from the grant will enable SoCe Life to hire 4 individuals from 4 different neighborhoods to work part-time for 1 year. The 4 individuals will work as Neighborhood Animators in their own neighborhood, as they learn from and work with Catherine Johnson, who serves as the project director.  The primary work of the Neighborhood Animators will be mapping the assets of their neighborhood. Assets include the gifts of individuals, voluntary associations, institutions, physical assets, local businesses, and the history and culture of the neighborhood. These assets will be reported to the neighborhood leadership, and utilized to bring people together.

 I had the privilege of signing the final paperwork, making our grant official. 

I had the privilege of signing the final paperwork, making our grant official. 

“I’m excited to see people in different neighborhoods learning the skills that we have been using in our neighborhood.” says Johnson. “And I’m especially excited that the Neighborhood Animators will be able to use these tools in whatever way seems best to them and their neighborhood.”

Stay tuned for ways you can be involved in this project.

 Our team, pictured here with the official paperwork, is ready to get started. 

Our team, pictured here with the official paperwork, is ready to get started.