For Bronxites who live near it, the Bronx and Pelham Parkway is a mini Central Park. “When you’re here, you’re isolated from everything else for a moment,” says ioby Leader and nearby resident Roxanne Delgado. “It gives you a moment of zen.”
Sadly, this two-mile-long zen oasis has developed an ugly problem: untamed garbage. As a CBS New York story reported in December 2017: “Instead of taking their trash to the curb, people are taking it to a public park in the Bronx, and residents are outraged.” Roxanne says she was seeing everything from bags of clothes and kitchen scraps to bathroom sinks and window frames strewn around the lawns. The situation reached a breaking point for her last spring, when she saw a squirrel—one of her favorite features of the park—rummaging through a pile of trash. She decided enough was enough, and founded Friends of Pelham Parkway to promote stewardship of this prized green space that serves residents of several adjacent neighborhoods.
Continue reading Awesome Project: An Oak Tree for Bronx Squirrels
If you walk around any city or town in America, you’ll see them. If you have one in your neighborhood, you’ve certainly wondered how it came to be there. If you’re like many in our ioby community, you imagine all the great things you could do with it.
Why, it’s the ubiquitous vacant lot!
Continue reading “Whose land is this?” How to find out who owns vacant lots in your neighborhood
Samoy Smith grew up in Detroit, with a Jamaica-born mother who wasn’t comfortable letting her venture far from the family’s tight-knit Jamaican community. It wasn’t until a school friend invited Smith to her church’s youth group one weekend, during middle school, that she really saw just how fulfilling it could be to build one’s own diverse “chosen family,” to accept invitations from neighbors and then extend them right back out to the next person.
Continue reading AWESOME PROJECT: Creating a multi-generational green space in Bagley, Detroit
New to ioby? New to crowdfunding? Trying to decide whether our platform is right for your idea?
Our introductory webinars give a basic introduction to crowdfunding with ioby, including our top tips for successful campaign planning, proven grassroots fundraising techniques, case studies of successfully funded projects, and an opportunity for you to ask questions.
We offer a general webinar, “Secrets of Crowdfunding Success,” that is geared toward anyone with an interest in crowdfunding for neighborhood projects. We’ll be conducting this webinar three times in coming weeks:
- Thursday, May 28th @ 12:30 – 1:30 pm EST
- Wednesday, June 3rd @ 5:00 – 6:00 pm EST
- Tuesday, June 9th @ 9:00 – 10:00 am EST
Click here to register for one of our introductory webinars.
We also regularly offer introductory webinars in major topic areas such as parks, safe streets, and community gardening.
We’re offering Crowdfunding for Parks Projects on Wednesday, May 27th @ 12:00 – 1:00 pm EST
Click here to register for our “Crowdfunding for Parks Projects” webinar.
If you’re interested in finding out more about crowdfunding for neighborhood projects but can’t make any of these times, or want to ask specific question about your idea, feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.