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Published Date: 02/15/2012
SSW SWCOS Receives Funding for Continued Support of the Neighborhood Fellows Program
Summary:
Director Dick Cook and Faculty Field Instructor Lane Victorson of the SSW's Social Work Community Outreach Service (SWCOS) received funding from the Baltimore Neighborhood Collaborative for the continued support of the Neighborhood Fellows Program.
Announcement:

SSW SWCOS Receives Funding for Continued Support of the Neighborhood Fellows Program

SWCOS Director Dick Cook and Faculty Field Instructor Lane Victorson received a $15,000 grant to support the Neighborhood Fellows Program. The grant runs from December 2011 to October 2012.

This grant from the Baltimore Neighborhood Collaborative will be combined with other resources to continue the Neighborhood Fellows Program for a 7th year. SWCOS will continue to place diverse graduate social work students in organizations adding capacity in their efforts to build stronger neighborhoods in Baltimore City. Fellows placed at these sites will again continue to combine several goals and strategies including:

* Building on neighborhood strengths such as schools, parks, or community-managed open spaces and engaging community members in projects that create socialization opportunities while strengthening and preserving these neighborhood institutions;

* Forging strong connections among neighbors resulting in improved blocks and community spaces through neighborhood and block improvement grants;

* Working to increase home values through marketing and assisting with home improvement projects and programs;

* Engaging diverse populations of all ages throughout the community in the effort of neighborhood revitalization

Community gardens, tree plantings, board development, home improvements, increased marketability of homes, block improvements, neighborhood preservation efforts, traffic lessening, and improvements to neighborhood schools have been some of the recent outcomes of this work.