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Supporting leadership development is one of the things we do best at Neighbors For Better Neighborhoods in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. We cater to low- and moderate-wealth communities. Find media that our community capacity building organization has created for those we serve on this page and reach out to us for any questions.

For Immediate Release

Dear NBN Community,

Since our founding more than 27 years ago, Neighbors For Better Neighborhoods (NBN) has worked to live up to a simple mission, “Connecting People, Strengthening Voices, and Leveraging Resources.”

NBN's commitment to asset-based community development has never wavered, and our dedication to achieving our vision of “Safe, Just, and Self-Determined Neighborhoods” in every corner of Winston-Salem has never been stronger.

Recent media coverage of the work of the Boston Thurmond Innovation Network's revitalization efforts, specifically its proposal to purchase the Plaza Apartments, has brought to light the importance and the power of resident voices. As the community's only community engagement nonprofit, it is our desire to ensure that every resident in the Boston Thurmond community has the opportunity to have his or her voice heard. That is why we support City Council Member DD Adams' recommendation to delay the sale of the Plaza Apartments to allow more time for residents to give input about the vision and goals they have for their community

For the past three years, NBN has deployed community organizers into Boston Thurmond and other Winston-Salem neighborhoods to ensure that the residents had input into the revitalization and development efforts that were happening around them. Our investigation and analysis of the Purpose-Built Communities model confirms our belief that if residents input is valued and included in the decision-making process about changes in their neighborhoods, then these neighborhood residents will have the decision-making capacity to create a "safe, just, and self-determined neighborhood."

We are proud of the rich history and the diversity of gifts, skills, and talents that exist within the Boston Thurmond community and will continue to do everything in our power to preserve, protect, and enhance the experiences of those who call it home. We encourage everyone to visit www.NBNCommunity.org to connect with and learn more about Neighbors For Better Neighborhoods and the work in our community.


Neighbors For Better Neighborhoods - Board of Directors

Our Annual Report

We work with neighborhoods and community-based organizations to support leadership development and increase the possibility of a community to create sustainable and progressive change. NBN celebrates and utilizes the assets of individuals in a community by fostering an environment where community members work collaboratively to achieve a collective community vision.

As NBN enters its 30th year, its board of directors and staff are more dedicated than ever to fulfilling its mission.

NBN relocated to the Saltbox in the heart of the Greenway community on January 1, 2018. NBN will serve as the anchor institution for the Saltbox, which houses other community-minded organizations such as the North Winston Neighborhood Association, Love Out Loud, School of Love, and The Compass.

The BB&T Lighthouse Project executive team partnered with us to acquire a new office space with a break room, parking lot striping, and an installed retractable wall for its training program. Thank you, BB&T.

2017 – 2018 Achievements

  • NBN continued its place-based work in 13 neighborhoods of East/Northeast Winston-Salem and started training 14 paid interns to work within their neighborhoods.
  • NBN's grassroots grant-making portfolio increased to $95,000 for resident-led projects.
  • NBN’s “We’ve Got Roots” celebration was held on June 15th. This well-attended event allowed us to raise over $14,000 to further our resident-led work.
  • We assisted the Cleveland Avenue Steering Committee in forming a resident-led community development corporation.
  • NBN assisted the residents of Walnut Tree, North Carolina in completing a Kaboom Playground Project.
  • NBN held a community conversation with Edgar Cahn, the founder of TimeBanks USA who has created a time banking community of more than 380 members since the summer of 2016.

  • NBN has led important education on asset-based community development in Winston-Salem, offering race, class, and power workshops to more than 95 participants.
  • NBN reached record membership in its TimeBanking exchange—which utilizes person-hours as currency in place of cash—and became the sixth largest TimeBanking effort in the US and the only active program in North Carolina.
  • NBN’s Grassroots Grant Program was featured on The Grassroots Grantmaking Council’s website. The program assisted more than 35 neighborhood groups in the previous year with grants totaling more than $44,000.

2017 Annual Report

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