Middle Border Forward Announced Winning Impact Project Ideas

April 6, 2018

After careful review of the more than 60 applications received, Middle Border Forward announced the following as recipients of the first Community 500 Impact Project sponsorships live via Facebook on Friday:

Name:  EPIC Caswell
Project:  Exotic Animals of Caswell County
Summary:  A field trip for low-income youth to the Conservators Center in Caswell County, with tours tailored to NC Standard Course of Study for 3rd & 4th grade.

Name:  Danville By Choice (and others)
Project:  From These Pages
Summary:  A grassroots spoken word and music event to showcase regional artists at the Fowlkes Gallery in Yanceyville.  Participating creatives will be photographed to produce a small book or set of postcards to serve as a time capsule for the event.

Name:  Corey Williams
Project:  Take My Picture
Summary:  Professionally produced family portraits for low-income families living in public housing who might not otherwise have the means to afford these treasures.

Name:  Sonta Reid
Project:  Tiger Bookstore
Summary:  A student-run bookstore at Westwood Middle School, which will increase access to supplies for students and provide hands-on business education.

Name:  Christopher Stafford
Project:  Ringgold Rail Trail Improvements
Summary:  As part of an Eagle Scout project, remove & recycle old benches & tables along the trail.

Name:  Neal Meyer
Project:  Growing Reader Library
Summary:  Little Free Libraries in Danville, Pittsylvania County and Caswell County, built and maintained by students at Carlisle School.
“The volume and caliber of applications received in this first cycle were impressive,” says Jennifer Gregory, Middle Border Forward’s executive director, “To say it was a competitive process is an understatement.”


The Community 500 initiative was inspired by a series of roundtable discussions hosted by the nonprofit organization last summer.  By allowing individuals and small groups the opportunity to facilitate small scale impact projects, MBF hopes to inspire a greater sense of community pride and encourage a broader idea of civic engagement.

Another round of applications will be accepted in July and August of this year.  More information is available on the organization’s website:  www.middleborderforward.org.

Middle Border Forward is a nonprofit community development organization on a mission to cultivate inclusive leadership, inspire community engagement and create equitable access to opportunities within the Middle Border region – including Caswell County (NC), Pittsylvania County (VA) & the City of Danville.