The Good Neighbor Program
The Good Neighbor Program – Providing financial support and navigation to the community resources of our cities for those financially impacted by COVID.
People today need more than funding to help them overcome the complicated and entangled barriers they are facing. They need a community coming together to help them thrive, becoming whom they were meant to be. Our Good Neighbor Program is one avenue where communities can wraparound families and individuals, providing navigation to programs of Mountain View Community Center and community partners where people can find support, build friendships, grow in holistic health, and serve their community.
The Good Neighbor Fund
Mountain View Community Center is excited to share the opportunity for our neighbors to receive assistance through the Good Neighbor Fund as part of the Good Neighbor Program. We are accepting applications to serve our neighbors in need with monetary support to help them cope with the uncertainty and financial hardships brought on by the pandemic,
We are calling this the Good Neighbor Fund because you must be nominated by a neighbor, friend, or referring organization; you cannot self-nominate. All gifts will be paid to a third party (landlord, utility company, childcare provider, etc.), not directly to the nominee. Nominees must live in Edgewood, Milton, or Fife. Nominators can live outside this area.
The fund has been approved to extend through June 2021 as funds allow.
“Due to Covid-19 I lost my job soon after the announcement was made then my husband’s hours were cut, then he lost his job entirely! We have four children and taken care of them was never a problem until now. This fund has helped us with our rent for the month and has taken away some anxiety from our family. We are so grateful for your help!"
-Good Neighbor Program Recipient
"I applaud *Tamie for being a survivor through numerous tragedies. Now has had a huge financial hit due to COVID-19. She was homeless at one point but now has a tenacious spirit of never going back. I see Tamie as someone who does not just want a hand out, but a hand up. She wants to become self-reliant and a productive citizen."
-Good Neighbor Program Nominee
Help us be a good neighbor by:
Click the button below to donate today to support the Good Neighbor Program.
All gifts will be spent only in direct aid of a neighbor.
Nominating a Neighbor in Need
Click the button below to view and/or fill out the Good Neighbor Program Nominee Form. You must provide your information; however, you can choose to be anonymous to the person/family you are nominating.
For more information please email our new Community Resource Navigator, Jeffrey Latham at firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you for being a good neighbor. Together, we will get through this!
5 principles that show why the Good Neighbor Program
leads to real change for families and individuals in financial crisis
Principle 1 – Care: Showing we care in practical ways. When someone is experiencing a crisis, their focus narrows and they often cannot see beyond their immediate need. The Good Neighbor Fund is a fund flexible enough to help individuals and families with their various needs, whether it’s rental, utility, or some other type of assistance. We also have partners, such as the Nourish Food Bank, to help with other basic needs.
Principle 2 – Authenticity: True solutions lead us closer to who we really are. Change that lasts and fulfills happens when we make wise decisions that align with who we are. Our Community Resource Navigator will listen to clients’ stories, work with clients to be a stabilizing presence in times of crisis, and present and help them think through practical options. This will help them make a fully informed decision on the best course of action for their unique situation.
Principle 3 – Community: Programs do not make a difference in people’s lives, relationships do. A community is more than the means to resources. Friends and mentors from the community provide the love, learning and leadership we need to grow. The Good Neighbor Program can introduce people to relational environments at the community center and in our community to help people find the belonging they need.
Principle 4 – Wholeness: If one part is neglected, all are affected. When we neglect one area of our lives, such as our mental or spiritual health, that can affect other areas, like our physical health. No family or even organization alone has all the skills and wisdom an individual needs to grow into the fullness of who they were meant to be. The Good Neighbor Program is integrated into the community and so has access to classes and resources at the community center and around the community to help people grow in all areas of life.
Principle 5 – Purpose: Helping people find purpose-driven solutions. At some point in our lives we learn our life is not ultimately about us. Many want to pursue a career or opportunity where they can be a part of something bigger than themselves and feel like they are making a difference. The Good Neighbor Program will work with local colleges to direct people to careers and with community organizations to direct people to volunteer opportunities where they feel they can make a difference using their passions and gifts.