Our recently opened community center, otherwise known as the Neighborhood Innovation Center, has been at the center of our efforts to maintain and grow our ongoing efforts to develop a better Dutchtown for all. But we need your assistance as we approach the end of the year!
Because the building is owned by a for-profit entity, the building is still subject to real estate taxes, for which the NIC is responsible as the tenant. This year's tax bill is thousands of dollars, and we need to raise $3,000 by December 31st to keep the doors open.
The NIC has been essential to maintaining a sense of community in Dutchtown during the pandemic. The building has a big enough indoor space for Dutchtown organizations to hold meetings safely, and the parking lot has been the site of numerous neighborhood events over the last many months.
We've hosted food trucks, movie nights, outdoor happy hours, backpack giveaways, Black Lives Matter marches, business assistance workshops, and so much more.
The NIC regularly hosts events and meetings for DT2 • Downtown Dutchtown, the Dutchtown Community Improvement District, the Mount Pleasant Neighborhood Association, and more. We're also home to the Dutchtown headquarters of Cure Violence, an initiative to reduce crime and gun violence in our neighborhood. And last but not least, the NIC serves as a centrally located and accessible polling place for 25th Ward voters.
Without help, Dutchtown could lose what has become an integral part of our efforts to bring and keep our community together through the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond. Please donate today to help keep our doors open and to continue to build on the momentum towards a better Dutchtown!
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