During the month of November, the Fourth and Gill Neighborhood porch restoration committee, the F+G board, and many of your neighbors will join together to raise money to build a new Fourth and Gill Neighborhood Center porch. You can donate HERE!
Neighbors are asked to join the porch restoration campaign with a gift by Nov. 23. If the goal of $12,000 is raised, the committee hopes the City of Knoxville will provide a matching grant covering 2/3 of the cost of the porch restoration.*
The Porch Restoration Committee has already raised more than $1,000 with pre-campaign pledges. But, they need everyone’s help to cross the finish line!
Every gift matters — $25, $50, or even $500 — and neighbors are asked to chip in with a donation that’s meaningful to them. Gifts will be accepted through Nov. 23 so the board can include the contribution total in its grant request.
Donations can be made via PayPal right now. Or, you can make a check out to “Fourth & Gill Neighborhood Organization” and drop it off at Joe Miles’ home. (Reach out to the committee for the address.)
If you’re on the fence about donating, consider the following:
- A gift of $200 will enter you to win a special line drawing of your home by neighbor Ashley Pace. Every additional $50 that will result in another entry into the drawing! (All donors will be recognized on a plaque displayed permanently after the porch is built.)
- The center is one of the most visible entrances to the F+G neighborhood, located at the corner of the streets that give our neighborhood its name: Fourth Avenue and Gill Street.
- The Fourth and Gill Neighborhood Center is owned by your neighborhood organization; therefore, all improvements will directly benefit F+G. Not to mention, restoring the neighborhood center porch will add to the value of properties in F+G.
- The neighborhood’s investment of $12,000 could result in a more than $20,000 investment from the City of Knoxville.*
Stay tuned on the listserv for messages from donors to the campaign—including one who remembers the neighborhood center as a vibrant center of neighborhood activity in the 1970s and 1980s, as well as new neighbors who see a bright future for the center.
*The Fourth and Gill Neighborhood porch restoration committee will submit its grant request on Nov. 28. This historic preservation grant requires recipients to fund 35% of the total cost of the request. If awarded, F+G will be shovel-ready by Jan. 1. If not, funds raised by neighbors will be applied to vital Fourth and Gill Neighborhood Center repairs. For a full list of these repairs, contact Brent Waugh at BrentWaugh [at] gmail [dot] com. If you have additional questions, you may contact a member of the fundraising committee, including Bryan Alexander, Julie Braude, Katy Hawley, Joe Miles, Grace Novinger, Kaye Osborne, Sue Russell, Brent Waugh, and Bob Whetsel.