For a Monday, it has been a busy but very productive day. I had a couple thoughts on my mind for today’s post, but never really got the time to sit down and fully develop them. So instead I’ll tell you about what I have been working on this evening. Grants, grants, and more Grants!

As some of you may know and some of you might not, I’ve been working with the Dante Community Association to help revitalize Dante. We’ve got some really big visions, but right now we are in the trenches trying to get some practical projects completed. The first project we are looking to knock out is a playground for the youth, and we’ve been fortunate enough to receive a $15,000 grant to get us started. The project is likely going to run double that, so we’ve all been working on other grant options and fundraisers (click on that link and you might be able to help) to allow us to complete this project. Like I said we have some big plans and have already been helped out by Virginia Tech with some wonderful design concepts, but still have a ways to go.

I’ve never lived in Dante before, so why did I get involved? Both of my maternal grandparents are from Dante, the first home my parents lived in was in Dante, and that home happened to be in the same hollow where a certain blue-eyed girl I feel in love with lived too. So while I’ve never had an address in Dante I find I’ve got many ties to it and is holds a very sentimental place in my heart. If you’ve read to this point I might as well hit you up, we’ve got some momentum started but still could use a lot of help, so if you up for a challenge we’d love to see you volunteer. Message me, call/text or email josh @ dante dot org if you would like more information.

Slow reading day today outside of grant guidelines, but I did get a chance to read one good article: