Lorain County Passion Project: Streator Park 2.0

By Liz Powers, Partnership Coordinator

WHY

Why would I love to offer an exceptional weekly block party at Streator Park in 2019? My vision is that this block party can be a space where relationships between neighbors are built. That during these gatherings, Next Step volunteers and staff can contribute to a positive and fun community environment. The hope is that these weekly events can be a first step in getting families and individuals connected with their community- illustrating that we all exist within something bigger than ourselves, and that we each have a part to play. There is power in community, in knowing your neighbors, and in viewing your common space with ownership. We hope this block party can be a starting point in bringing a little bit of heaven down to earth.

 

WHAT

Streator Park Block Party 2.0 will be built on two pillars: Community Engagement and Community Celebration. Each week we will be offering some sort of activity for volunteers and community members to take part in. Depending on the week, this could be anything from community Zumba class to educational programs put on by the library to a performance from a local group and beyond. We believe that a shared experience is a great foundation for relationships to grow upon- we are excited to use community engagement activities to make this happen. As far as ‘Community Celebration’ goes, we are eager to use this block party to showcase the amazing strengths of our city – primarily in serving food each week from local food businesses as well as highlighting different local groups during our engagement piece.

 

HOW

Together, we must do this together. Not only will this vision take the generosity of local businesses and individuals, but it will also require overhead financial support. Providing local food, talent, and entertainment (think bounce houses, cotton candy machines, etc.) all have a cost associated with them. I ask those coming out to Lorain County this summer to take some time to pray about their role in these block parties. What are your strengths? What part do you play in our community as believers?

If you wish to contribute financially, here is the link to contribute (nextstepministries.com/donate). When donating, select the drop down “Lorain County” if you wish to give.

 

 

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