WE DID IT, FULTON! Local businesses and individuals have taken the Fulton Block Builders (FBB) over their fundraising goal and allowed it to once again receive a $100,000 award from the Richard S. Shineman Foundation!
Fulton Block Builders
Fulton Block Builders receives support from many community businesses taking them closer and closer to their fundraising goal.
Fulton Block Builders has been receiving strong support from within the Fulton city limits but for the second year in a row, business support has come from outside of the city with a donation from Sweet-Woods Memorial Co. in Phoenix.
Recently Fulton Block Builder (FBB) volunteers sat down to meet with the Oswego Renaissance Association founders Paul Stewart and Steve Phillips. FBB volunteers came with a list of questions for Paul and Steve, who graciously took time to answer each one. They say that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery and FBB administrative director Linda Eagan and the FBB volunteers are anxious to imitate ORA’s achievements. The Fulton Block Builders 2018 season has begun with huge support and interest.
Fulton Block Builders administrative director, Linda Eagan addressed a packed house as she explained the mission of the grassroots organization and answered questions from the community at a recent informational meeting. A room full of Fulton citizens intrigued by the program showed a strong potential for the Fulton Block Builders (FBB) to grow in participants in the 2018 Block Challenge. “In 2018, I am hopeful that a lot of Blocks will expand neighborhood conversations, organize with new people, apply for a FBB grant and re-engage in their neighborhood and our community,” Eagan said. The revitalization program, launched in Fulton in 2017 based off the Healthy Neighborhood Initiative, offers approved homeowners the opportunity to recapture a dollar-for-dollar match up to $1,000 on funds they use to make exterior home improvements.
There will be a community informational session to answer your questions about the 2018 Fulton Block Builder (FBB) application process on Wednesday January 17th at River Vista Conference Center, 810 South 1st Street, Fulton NY at 6:00 PM. There will be a short presentation on how the program works and plenty of time to get all your questions answered. 22 distinct blocks and 127 properties participated in 2017. 2018 is sure to be another amazing year for this program and FBB wants everyone to have a chance to become involved.
The Fundraising Campaign for 2018 has started off with several momentous firsts. Universal Metal Works launched the first business support for the grassroots revitalization project, Fulton Block Builders (FBB) 2018 campaign. Legislator James Karasek, representing the 22nd District in the Oswego County Legislature is the first public official to pledge financial support to the FBB 2018 Fundraising Campaign. Dennis and Kellie Merlino make the first community member contribution in support of the 2018 Fulton Block Builder program. The Merlinos went to the Fulton Block Builder website and made a $10.00 monthly recurring contribution.
The Richard S. Shineman Foundation’s largest third round grant award was given to Fulton Block Builders for its 2018 Block Challenge program. The grassroots organization in Fulton initiated a very successful 2017 Healthy Neighborhood revitalization program, modeled after the Oswego Renaissance Association’s highly successful project. The $100,000 award is a matching grant payable in the spring of 2018 following completion of fundraising in Fulton. There will be a community informational session to answer your questions about the 2018 Fulton Block Builder application process on January 17 at River Vista Conference Center, 810 S. First St., Fulton, at 6 p.m.
The Fulton Block Builders 2017 Block Challenge is seeing the final stages of home renovations being completed as the initiative’s deadline approaches at the end of October. Participants in the Block Challenge from neighborhoods throughout the city have until October 31 to complete their exterior home renovations to receive a matching grant from Fulton Block Builders. Pre-applications flooded the FBB volunteer group with 209 homeowners initially applying. 171 homeowners from 25 blocks submitted final applications with a final decision of 22 blocks with 160 properties awarded Block Challenge grants. Of those properties, nine belong to six landlords that own homes in the city, 95 have completed projects, 37 are still underway before the October 31 deadline and some properties had unforeseen circumstances preventing their completion. In total, $70,000 in Block Builder checks have been written and $180,000 worth of improvements have been made city wide.
This is the first summer for the Fulton Block Builders (FBB) and it has been a very successful one. Linda Eagan, the FBB director, has been extremely pleased with the exterior improvements being made by homeowners, however there is one group she is particularly happy to be working with. FBB has had the opportunity to engage five different landlords who are revitalizing eight different properties throughout the city. One of the guiding principles for Eagan has come from Charles Buki, a founder of the Healthy Neighborhood Initiative; which FBB is based on. “When we say ‘healthy neighborhoods’ we do not mince words. We believe that lack of income should not disqualify people from growing up and living in nurturing communities. So when we say ‘healthy neighborhoods’ we mean a place where it makes sense for people to invest their time and energy and money.” – Charles Buki.