NeighborWorks Pocatello recently received a Community Challenge Grant from the AARP Foundation in the amount of $4,250 to create a mobile Block Party Trailer for the purpose of activating public spaces and to bring neighborhoods and the community together. The Block Party Trailer will be officially unveiled on Saturday, October 27 at Alameda Park in Pocatello at 3:00 p.m.
The Community Challenge grant was highly competitive in that 1,600 nationwide applications were submitted to the AARP Foundation. NeighborWorks Pocatello was just one of 129 applicants selected and just one of three organizations in the State of Idaho.
The Block Party Trailer includes all of the equipment necessary for groups to host events that connect neighbors and the community together. The AARP grant was significant, in that it covered the cost of a 22-foot long enclosed trailer. Subsequent to receiving the grant award, NeighborWorks Pocatello has been busy soliciting sponsorships from other entities to pay for some of the contents of the trailer.
At this time, the trailer is stocked with a gas barbeque grill, several collapsible picnic tables, chairs, a large commercial-grade canopy, a large “movie” screen, portable sound system and microphone, collapsible garbage cans, games and more. NeighborWorks Pocaello already owned some of this equipment but was able to add 10 collapsible picnic tables and a large 20’ commercial-grade canopy to the trailer because of additional funding it received from Idaho Central Credit Union and six resident-lead neighborhood associations, including Alameda, Lewis & Clark, Bonneville, Whittier, College and the Neighborhoods of Historic Old Town.
NeighborWorks Pocatello is still in need of some additional equipment for the Block Party Trailer. The greatest need at this time is for a commercial-grade barbeque grill. For those entities that still wish to sponsor equipment, they will be acknowledged with their name or logo on the outside of the trailer. If you are interested in a sponsorship or have more questions about the Block Party Trailer, call NeighborWorks Pocatello Executive Director Mark Dahlquist at 208-232-9468.