In 2007, the Greater Oswego-Fulton Chamber of Commerce created a new award in Jan Rebeor's honor, the Jan Rebeor Community Champion Award. Every year the chamber presents this prestigious award to a chamber member from the greater Fulton community who has shown an unselfish long-term commitment to the Greater Oswego-Fulton Chamber of Commerce. On Tuesday February 13, 2018, Jan Rebeor chose to present the Community Champion Award to a group of individuals; the Fulton Block Builder Volunteers.
The volunteers are humbled to be recognized by Mrs. Rebeor. She is a long-time advocate for the city of Fulton and embodies the strengths-based approach, Fulton Block Builders (FBB) is founded on. Not one to sit back, Jan is actively involved with Fulton's Project Bloom, the annual City of Fulton Community Development Agency Home. She also lends her time and talent to the United Way Stone Soup luncheons, St. Luke's Foster Burden Fund, Fulton's Tree/Arbor Day Committee, Tunes in June, Friends of Voorhees Park, Jazz Fest, and the City of Fulton's Christmas lighting and decorations, just to name a few.
FBB strives to encourage community activism, like Jan's, in residents by building a sense of community and focusing on civic engagement while empowering residents to work together. FBB's goal is to have residents become engaged in their community and neighborhood and to take a proactive role in creating positive change.
FBB is encouraging neighbors to get together and complete the pre-application for the 2018 Block Challenge, a program that offers matching funds to each participating home owner up to $1,000 (dollar-for-dollar match) to put towards exterior home improvements. There are bonuses for use of historical colors and for corner properties as well as discounts at local businesses. More information about FBB can be found at: https://www.fultonblockbuilders.com or on our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/fultonblockbuilders/
- Friday, March 16, 2018 - FBB Neighborhood Recruitment Forms (Pre-applications) are due
- Wednesday, April 18, 2018 - Final applications are due
- Monday, April 30, 2018 - Deadline to reach the Shineman Match needed to secure $100,000
- Tuesday, May 1, 2018 - FBB grant awardees announced
- Wednesday, May 16, 2018 - FBB Kick-Off Event for awardees and sponsors
Another way to become a part of FBB is by donating to the 2018 Campaign today. What's even more exhilarating is that every dollar you donate is matched 2-to-1 by the Richard S. Shineman Foundation. Remember all donations are tax deductible and go directly to the Block Challenge grants and promotion of the program. There are no paid staff!
FBB donations can be made on the web site at: https://www.fultonblockbuilders.com/donate Or by mail: Fulton Block Builders, 125 West Broadway, Fulton, New York 13069