Neighbors For 
Better Neighborhoods

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Neighbors for Better Neighborhoods (NBN) is a community capacity building organization and neighborhood support organization (NSO).  We work with neighborhoods and community based organizations to support leadership development and increase the possibility of a community to create sustainable and progressive change. NBN celebrates and utilizes the assets of individuals in a community by fostering an environment where community members work collaboratively to achieve a collective community vision.  As NBN enters its twenty-eighth year, its Board of Directors and staff is more dedicated than ever to fulfilling its mission.

NBN relocated to The Saltbox in the heart of the Greenway community, on January 1, 2018. NBN will served as the anchor institution for the Saltbox, which houses other community-minded organizations such as North Winston Neighborhood Association, Love Out Loud, School of Love, and The Compass.

The BB&T Lighthouse Project Executive Team partnered with NBN to up fit its new office space with a breakroom, parking lot striping, and installed retractable wall for its training program. Thank you, BB&T.

2017-2018 Achievements

  • NBN continued its placed-based work in 13 neighborhoods of East/Northeast Winston-Salem and started training 14 paid interns to work within their neighborhoods
  • NBN's grassroots grant-making portfolio increased to ($95K for resident-led projects.
  • NBN “We’ve Got Roots” celebration was held on June 15th.  This well attended event allowed us to raise over $14,000 to further our resident-led work.
  • Assisted the Cleveland Avenue Steering Committee in forming a resident-led Community Development Corporation
  • NBN assisted the residents of Walnut Tree, North Carolina in completing a Kaboom Playground Project
  • NBN held a community conversation with Edgar Cahn the founder of TimeBanks USA and has create a Timebanking community of over380 members since the summer of 2016
  • NBN has led important education on Asset Based Community Development in Winston-Salem, offering Race, Class, and Power workshops to more than 95 participants. 
  • NBN reached record membership in its Timebanking exchange-which utilizes person hours as currency in place of cash—and became the sixth largest Timebanking effort in the US and the only active program in North Carolina.
  • NBN’s Grassroots Grant Program was featured on The Grassroots Grantmaking Council’s website. The program has assisted over 35 neighborhood groups last year with grants totaling more than $44,000.