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Urban Neighborhood Alliance DC

(Image courtesy UNA)

The following column is from Stephen Rutgers, vice president of the Urban Neighborhood Alliance. Borderstan is a member of the UNA. We welcome similar columns — you can reach us at [email protected].

From Stephen Rutgers

We know there are a lot of New Year’s resolutions out there, but how about adding one to help change the community and bridge the gap between businesses and residents?

If this sounds like something you want to do, then come join the Urban Neighborhood Alliance (UNA, like the game UNO but with an A at the end). The Urban Neighborhood Alliance is the new kid on the block, but in less then a year we have made a positive impact on the community.

Some folks learned about us early on and have been wondering where we’ve been. We have been raising money to pay legal fees to acquire non-profit status, building relationships with other organizations, supporting other groups through planning and media, and running the 17th Street Festival. Every member is a volunteer and many have intense full-time jobs. Our work comes from a passion to move our community forward in a collaborative way with all!

UNA has a lot of things planned for 2012:

  • 3rd Annual 17th Street Festival
  • co-sponsoring a city council candidate forum
  • helping reform the DC taxicab regulations
  • exploring strong, viable school options for every family in DC
  • organizing a spring community cleanup and community rummage sale

We are looking for residents, business owners, local workers who want to get involved in the process of making DC a better place to live. We meet on the second Tuesday of every month at Century 21 Redwood Realty. We are looking for people who want to be on the Board of Directors, help with social media, or just be apart of the process. Membership is free to anyone who wants to get involved. Of course; any donation is also appreciated, as it helps us to support other causes, forums and festivals.

More Information on UNA

If this sound likes something you may be interested in check out the UNA website, our Facebook Page, follow us on Twitter @unadc, or contract me at [email protected].

You can also come check UNA out at our next monthly meeting on Tuesday January 10. Time is 7 pm at Century 21 Redwood Realty, 1701 Q Street NW. We want you to be involved. So why not start off 2012 right by helping the community become a better place to live?

About UNA

The Urban Neighborhood Alliance (UNA), 501(c)(3), brings businesses and residents together to develop innovative solutions to community challenges. We seek to create a livable and prosperous neighborhood by working to affect positive change in our dynamic downtown environment, in which we have chosen to live. An Application for Recognition of Exemption Under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code (IRS Form 1023) has been filed with the IRS. The Urban Neighborhood Alliance’s tax exemption is expected to be retroactive to the date of incorporation. Donors will receive receipts reflecting the Urban Neighborhood Alliance 501(c)(3) status as soon as it is approved.

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