H&R Block and Nextdoor announce
KANSAS CITY, Missouri, May 20, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — For the third year in a row, H&R block (:HRB) and The next door (:KIND) are teaming up to make every block better in communities across the United States. The partnership brings to life community-nominated projects that improve the spaces and places where neighbors connect. Today the companies announced 11 winning projects from the submissions collected in 2022.
“More than ever, making connections in our neighborhoods is essential to creating vibrant communities,” said Jeff Jones, President and CEO of H&R Block. “I look forward to the third year of our partnership with Nextdoor and our next wave of community projects. When groups of neighbors come together and achieve a common goal together, they can help make every block better.”
An example of a community-nominated project slated for 2022 is a “shared tool shelter” for a community garden in Golden Valley, Minnesota, a suburb of Minneapolis.
“There is nothing more important than sharing a space with others that brings the invaluable gifts of connection, growth and support,” said Michelle Christensen, Make Every Block Better project nominator at Golden Valley. . “The community fosters an environment of human connection and allows people who might otherwise feel excluded to feel included and welcome.”
Throughout the year, H&R Block and Nextdoor will partner with project proponents and local volunteers, including local H&R Block associates, to bring projects to life. Companies will continue to identify and work with local professionals and businesses to maximize impact on the local community.
“Making real connections with people nearby has never been more important,” said Sarah Friar, CEO of Nextdoor. “At Nextdoor, we want to empower neighbors to connect with each other online and in real life. We’re proud to continue our partnership with H&R Block to revitalize the places and spaces we call home and, ultimately, cultivating a kinder world where everyone has a neighborhood they can rely on.
The 2022 Make Every Block Better Community Improvement Projects, listed alphabetically by state, are as follows:
- Anchorage, Alaska – Refreshing a park so neighbors can gather for barbecues and build stronger bonds, submitted by Nicolette Dent and Ellen Devine
- Bridgeport, Connecticut – Cleanup of green space adjacent to a school and playground that has fallen into disrepair, submitted by Christina Smith
- Kona, Hawaii – Revamping a park and refreshing a playground to make it more appealing and welcoming for families, submitted by Maly Romero
- Cedar Rapids, Iowa – Creating a StoryWalk® to encourage movement and reading in a neighborhood, submitted by Norah Hammond1
- University Park, Illinois – Renovating a baseball diamond so local kids can have fun and connect, submitted by Donna Dilworth
- Portland, Maine – Installation of custom-designed artistic lighting in a park in the heart of the neighborhood, extending the use of the park after daylight, submitted by Carol Schiller
- Southaven, Mississippi – Creating a Community Garden to Show Neighborhood Children How to Grow and Eat Healthy Foods, submitted by Ronna Martin
- Minneapolis, Minnesota – Building a shared tool shed for a community garden for residents to start a food co-op, submitted by Michelle Christensen
- Tulsa, Okla. – Establish green space to serve as a neighborhood “front door” where people can come for community building, submitted by Carol Ainsworth
- Newport, RI – Restoring a local park, making it an inviting green space again for neighbors and visitors, submitted by Dan Lackner
- Ogden, Utah – Mural on the side of a local connection center, making the building more festive and welcoming, submitted by Meghan Shaw
1 The StoryWalk® The project was created by Anne Ferguson of Montpelier, Vt. and developed in conjunction with the Kellogg-Hubbard Library. Walk of stories® is a registered service mark owned by Ms. Ferguson.
Through his Upgrade every block A community impact platform, H&R Block aims to bring positive change to 500 communities in all 50 states by 2025 by investing in programs that support small businesses and help communities thrive and connect. Make Every Block Better helps reduce social isolation and loneliness through community connectivity and impactful partnerships. Learn more about the selected projects and the involvement of local organizations, community members and small businesses on the H&R Block website + Nextdoor.
About H&R Block
H&R Block, Inc. (:HRB) provides help and inspires confidence to its customers and communities around the world through tax preparation services, financial productsand small business solutions. The company combines digital innovation with human expertise and care as it helps people get the best results at tax time and better manage their money through its mobile banking app, Spruce. Block Advisors and Vague, the company helps small business owners thrive with innovative products like Wave Money, a mobile banking account and small business accounting solution that automatically handles accounting. For more information, visit H&R Block News or follow @HRBlockNews on Twitter.
Nextdoor (:KIND) is where you connect to the neighborhoods that matter to you so you can belong there. Kindness is at the heart of our purpose: to cultivate a kinder world where everyone has a neighborhood they can count on. Neighbors around the world turn to Nextdoor daily to receive trusted information, give and get help, get things done, and make real connections with people near them – neighbors, businesses, and utilities. Today, neighbors rely on Nextdoor in more than 290,000 neighborhoods in 11 countries. In the United States, nearly 1 in 3 households uses the network. Nextdoor is based in San Francisco. For more information and pictures: nextdoor.com/newsroom.
For more information:
Michaella Gallina, (816) 854-3022
Jordyn Eskijian, (816) 854-5674
Angela David, (816) 854-5798