Belington Initiative Recieves Home Depot Grant


BELINGTON, WV (April 27, 2010)

The Belington Community Beautification Project, a collaborative volunteer initiative which aims to make the city more attractive to citizens and guests, was recently awarded a $2,500 grant from Home Depot’s Building Healthy Communities program.

 

This grant will be used to purchase not only the materials to construct public benches and trash receptacles, but also landscaping materials.   An estimated 50 community volunteers will be donating their time and skills to complete this construction and landscaping at Belington City Park, the Belington Civic Center, and downtown.

 

The projects made possible by Home Depot grant will enhance the improvements already completed by the Belington Revitalization Committee (BRC), the Belington Board of Parks and Recreation (BBPR), the City of Belington, and Woodlands Development Group (WDG).

Woodlands Development Group (WDG) partnered with the City of Belington and the BRC to assist with implementation of community-led projects. WDG obtained a grant from the Rural Community Development Initiative (RCDI) in 2008 to hire a full-time AmeriCorps VISTA Volunteer to serve as the Community Coordinator.

Specific activities for the Belington VISTA Project include implementing a community-led revitalization plan for the Belington City Park, obtaining funding for a pedestrian trail connecting the City Park to the downtown area, and developing and implementing a business plan to make the Belington Civic Center sustainable.

For more information on the Belington Community Beautification Project, please contact AmeriCorps VISTA Volunteer Heather Browning at [email protected].



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