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Saint Louis Community Builders Exchange

May 15, 2013


Sustainable Neighborhoods: The Soul of the City

By Catherine Werner, Sustainability Director for the City of St. Louis

Neighborhoods are the soul of the City of St. Louis. They shape and define the City. They drive opportunity and offer community participation at an approachable scale...

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Strong Cities, Strong Communities Initiative Report Releases
Last month the White House Council on Strong Cities, Strong Communities released its first annual report, outlining the initiative, its accomplishments and the future of the program.  For more information click here.

The Sweet Potato Project
Sylvester Brown, founder and director of The Sweet Potato Project is in its second year of teaching area youth entrepreneurial skills that can be used immediately and adapted in their respective neighborhoods.  For more information click here.

Campaign Continues to Support The National Housing Trust Fund
The National Low Income Housing Coalition continues to campaign in support of the National Housing Trust Fund. This fund will assist communities in providing affordable housing to individuals and families.  For more information click here. 

Bernanke Discusses Creating Resilient Communities
On April 12, Ben Bernanke, Chairman of the Federal Reserve, spoke in Washington about the importance of supporting low-income communities and the need to utilize a multi-pronged approach that includes education, jobs and housing.  To watch the video, click here.

Report Released On Housing Affordability For Working Households
The Center for Housing Policy released the Housing Landscape 2013 report, an overview of the burden that housing costs have on working households and the implications it has on homeowners and renters.  To see the full report, click here.


Foreclosure Education Seminar
Shaw Neighborhood Housing Corporation hosts foreclosure seminar sponsored by Commerce Bank to provided education on options available to homeowners who may be facing foreclosure. For more information click here.

Civic Engagement Webinar
UNCA and the Alliance for Children and Families offer this webinar for organizations interested in learning best practices in civic engagement. For more information click here. To learn how to participate in evaluation support program click here.


Chancellor's Certificate in Volunteer Management
UMSL's School of Professional and Continuing Studies offers this noncredit certificate that will teach advocacy for volunteer programs within your organization, volunteer trends and more.  For more information click here.

Advocating for Your Volunteer Program within an Organization
UMSL's Nonprofit Management and Leadership Program offers this course focusing on strategies to reinforce the importance of volunteers in accomplishing the your organizations mission.  For more information click here.

Fundraising Institute
The Nonprofit Management and Leadership program at UMSL introduces the Fundraising Institute from June 17-20 providing courses on grant writing, planned giving, ethical fundraising, special events, and more. For more information click here.



The St. Louis Community Builders Exchange is a partnership between the Community Builders Network of Metro St. Louis, the St. Louis Home Repair Network, and the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis to bring you quality up-to-date community development information. Look for the St. Louis Community Builders Exchange every other Wednesday morning!

Excellence in Affordable Housing Award
Enterprise and the MetLife Foundation is accepting applications for the 2013 MetLife Foundation Awards, recognizing community based organizations and nonprofits that strive for green, healthy service based housing for seniors.  For more information click here.

City Of St. Louis Host The Sustainable Neighborhood Small Grant Competition 
The City of St. Louis has seven, $5,000 grants available to neighborhood organizations and community groups seeking to improve the viability and enhance quality of life in the St. Louis region.  The deadline for the application is June 15. For more information click here.

Assistant Project Manager
The St. Louis Economic Council seeks an Assistant Project Manager in the Real Estate and Community Development Department.  The responsibilities include assisting project managers with developing, funding and managing economic development projects.  For more information click here.

Manager of Research and Analysis
The Partnership for Downtown St. Louis seeks a Manager of Research and Analysis who reports directly to the Senior Manager of Community Development and is responsible for collecting, analyzing and presenting data that will enhance the mission of the organization.  For more information click here.

Program Director
SLACO seek a part-time Program Director who will be responsible for leading and directing the organization's efforts to build strong neighborhood organizations. For more information click here.

Youth Environmental Leadership Program Coordinator
St. Vincent Greenway Inc. is seeking a Youth Environmental Leadership Program (YELP) Coordinator for this summer youth enrichment program. For more information, click here.


Bright Spots in Community Engagement: Case Studies of U.S Communities Creating Greater Civic Participation from the Bottom Up
The National League of Cities with the Knight Foundation reports on innovative strategies to increase community engagement based on work happening in Detroit, Michigan.  For more information click here.

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