Home Restoration Project

The WBRP aims to improve the quality of life in the community through housing. Many individuals feel that they are unable to begin or complete home repair projects because they need the help of others. With the help of PNC Bank, the WBRP has received grant funding for exterior home repair projects for owner-occupied properties.

WBRP Home Restoration Application

These projects include:

  • Window repair and glass replacement
  • Exterior painting
  • Porches, steps and railings
  • Gutter and siding repair
  • Fences and gates
  • Landscaping
  • Other exterior maintenance; handicap access ramps may be considered

These projects do not include:

  • Plumbing
  • Electrical work

This home restoration initiative promises a good faith effort for professional grade work. Necessary building permits will be acquired from the city of Bloomington’s PACE Department. This initiative applies to low-to-moderate income families. Homeowners will be expected to participate financially in the cost of building materials. This modest financial responsibility may range from 10% to 25% depending on the homeowner income. The homeowner will also be required to contribute 20% of total hours of duration of project with volunteer labor. For instance, if your job will require 50 person-hours to complete, your obligation would be 10 hours. You can either meet this obligation yourself or arrange for a friend or family to meet it on your behalf.

It is the goal of the WBRP to assist approximately ten homeowners throughout the first year of the program. Interested homeowners should fill out an application for their desired project as soon as possible. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis through the spring of 2013 and for subsequent years of this project. If homeowner applicants are eligible, they will move to further rounds of consideration. Homeowners should be aware that they will be expected to share the details of their financial situation. There is no fee for applying, so apply today!

Interested community members that may not qualify for this program are encouraged to consider volunteering their time for these exterior home repair projects. Helping your neighbors and working on projects people can be proud of will benefit West Bloomington.

In addition, community members should look into the Tool Library for their variety of repair needs. Workshops will be developed from commonly identified needs for community members.


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Veggie Oasis

Volunteers are needed to assist with the Veggie Oasis, a partnership with the Farmer’s Market, West Bloomington Revitalization Project, and McLean County Wellness Coalition. Volunteers will glean food from farmers at the close of the market on Saturdays. Food will then be distributed for free to walk up customers at the Tool Library. More info and sign up available

We need volunteers to glean from the Farmers Market and bring it to the Distribution sites for collection by community members! 11:45 am -12:00 pm – glean from Market, Downtown Bloomington…
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Before and After

Before & After: exterior wall of the West Bloomington Revitalization ProjectOffice at 801 W Washington

Great art project by ARC student, Leo Martinez. He worked with students at local elementary schools and asked them to draw what community means to them. He transferred the drawings on to a large pieces of plywood and the kids painted their drawings to create this unique mural. Look for kids playing, going to sporting events, and yoga in the park (shout out to the The OM Tribe).

Thank you for Brad Butzuris, the awesome landlord for the WBRP office, Leo and his team of IWU volunteers, and all the students who shared their artistic talents with the W11289543_10155619288560066_5986583060840125323_o 11267162_10155619288835066_8085476188200202211_oestside.

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Tool Library

State Farm is giving $1 million in grants through its Neighborhood Assist program.

Staring today through March 29, applicants can submit their projects that would benefit education, community development or safety.  Only the first 4000 applications will be accepted.

“If you know you need a park in your neighborhood, you name it,” State Farm spokesman Matt Edwards said. “We’ve seen everything from camps for kids to dog parks to tearing down a dangerous building.”
A youth advisory board will select 200 finalists in the spring and the public will vote on the top 40 projects that will get $25,000 each.  The Neighborhood Assist program is in its fourth year.

Click http://www.stationcaster.com/player_skinned.php?s=711&c=3781&f=4103063 for Susan’s interview with Matt Edwards on WJBC.

Tool Library
In 2012, the Tool Library on Bloomington’s west side opened after getting a Neighborhood Assist grant from State Farm. Andy Maxwell is director of the free tool lending program.

“First time I walked in, I was just blown away by how much there is, the great tools they can to rent,” Maxwell said. “Talking to community members who come in, you can tell this is something people are really happy to have and people really want to get engaged with it.”
Click http://www.stationcaster.com/player_skinned.php?s=711&c=3781&f=4103143  for Susan’s in depth interview with Andy Maxwell and fellow tool librarian Robert Bosquez on WJBC.

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Innovation Fair Application Deadline Extended

Community Innovation Fair Application(2)

Community Innnovation Flyer – Seeking Applications (3)

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