The Republic Services Charitable Foundation has unveiled its 11 National Neighbourhood Promise grants for 2021, funding neighbourhood revitalization projects across the country in communities where Republic Services customers and employees live and work. The majority of this year’s projects support neighbourhoods that have experienced disinvestment, and many of them address food insecurity and sustainability efforts.
“After a year of unprecedented challenges, our diverse neighbourhoods need support more than ever, and we’re proud of our continued commitment to creating spaces where people can thrive,” said Donald W. Slager, chief executive officer. “For three years, the Republic Services Charitable Foundation has partnered with proven local organizations to strengthen communities in need by providing support designed to build and support neighbourhood revitalization.”
The Republic Services Charitable Foundation launched the National Neighbourhood Promise program in 2018, partnering with select nonprofits to fund neighbourhood revitalization efforts. The Foundation provides these projects with grants, donated products and services, and, when it is safe, volunteer opportunities for Republic employees. Since 2018, the Foundation has funded close to 60 National Neighbourhood Promise projects.
In 2021, the Foundation is awarding grants ranging from $100,000 to $200,000 to 11 community partners:
• California: Rebuilding Together Peninsula
• California: Rebuilding Together Sacramento
• Delaware: Habitat for Humanity of New Castle County
• Georgia: Rebuilding Together Atlanta
• Kansas: CHWC, Inc. (Community Housing of Wyandotte County)
• Minnesota: Rebuilding Together Twin Cities
• Nevada: Rebuilding Together of Southern Nevada
• Ohio: Habitat for Humanity of East Central Ohio
• Oregon: Rebuilding Together Portland
• Pennsylvania: Rebuilding Together Pittsburgh
• South Carolina: Habitat for Humanity of York County
Funded projects include expansion of a local food bank, buildout of an incubator for minority-owned small businesses; renovation of community and learning centres; and creation and revitalization of parks, trails and gardens. The 2021 projects also mark the Foundation’s first charitable efforts in Pittsburgh; Kansas City, Kansas; and Wilmington, Delaware.
“We are excited to continue our partnership with Republic Services to bring about change and revitalization to Atlanta’s historic southwest neighbourhoods. Block by block, park by park, Rebuilding Together Atlanta and the Republic Services Charitable Foundation are creating and revitalizing neighbourhoods for our neighbours to play, work and live,” said Mike Orum, executive director of Rebuilding Together Atlanta. “We look forward to our continued work with Republic Services leadership and the staff to make a difference in the lives of our Atlanta neighbours living in NPU-H and in providing a revitalized Nature Preserve that all can enjoy.”