Collaborative Communities

Get2gether Neighborhood Challenge


Helping to support neighborhood projects!

Whether it’s a neighborhood garden, a community swap, or a tool lending library, the Center for a New American Dream knows that your block, street, or neighborhood has an exciting project just waiting to come to life. That's why we launched the first-ever Get2gether Neighborhood Challenge.

The Get2gether Neighborhood Challenge, held in Summer 2013, served as an opportunity for New Dream Teams across the country to raise funds for projects to improve their neighborhoods.

Applications were accepted through June and July, and the winners include:

NOLA TimeBank Neighborhood Expansion (New Orleans, LA)
NOLA TimeBank will extend their training and outreach activities into New Orleans neighborhoods that are currently underserved. They will acquaint and educate groups with the concepts and the computer skills needed to participate in NOLA TimeBank.

Summit County Seed Library (Summit County, CO)
The Summit County Seed Library will serve as a collaborative effort among community gardeners, local students, and farmers aimed at conserving the genetic diversity of our high-altitude seed stock while developing a regionally adapted collection of vegetable, herb, and flower seeds.

City Share Club (Cambridge, MA)
City Share Club will expand access to household items, such as tools and kitchen goods, for the Cambridge community. Bonus: they will be delivered!

Asheville Tool Library (Asheville, NC)
The Asheville Tool Library will provide access to a wide range of tools, literature, and knowledge to citizens of Asheville, NC, and Buncombe County while reducing consumer waste and strengthening community.

Baxter Community Center's Garden Lending Library (Grand Rapids, MI)
The Baxter Community Center’s Garden Lending Library will create a neighborhood tool library in order to provide gardeners with access to the tools they need to succeed.

Chula Vista Community Garden Living Laboratory (San Diego, CA)
Green Steam Communities, a project of The San Diego Community Garden Network, will develop a "living laboratory" in the Chula Vista community garden to demonstrate the value of hands-on community-based learning that encourages students, kids, and families to learn together about green technology, web skills, local food production, and environmental sustainability.

Phoenix Tool Shed (Phoenix, AZ)
Phoenix Tool Shed will put every tool and skill within the reach of our community members while promoting a stronger sense of community, hosting public service events, and teaching the teamwork and skills necessary for various projects.

Building Community at the UM Campus Farm (Ann Arbor, MI)
The University of Michigan Campus Farm will enhance community and education opportunities, fostering sustainable food citizenship through hands-on, experiential learning opportunities that grow not only food, but leadership, conversations, and collaboration.

These teams raised money for their projects through ioby's online crowdfunding platform. They also received New Dream matching grants of up to $1,000 for their projects!



Funding for the Neighborhood Challenge has been generously provided by Alex Honnold and The Honnold Foundation.
For more information about their work, click here.