RVMS and engaged residents like you have created profound positive change in Roslindale Village since 1985, when we were established as one of the nation’s first urban Main Street programs. This past year brought along many challenges, but with your support, we've been able to help the Roslindale Village Main Street community adapt and pivot during the COVID-19 pandemic:
We were able to quickly organize a Small Business Mini-Grants Program and gave out over $25,000 in relief grants;
Our Summer Farmers Market became a Grab-and-Market that focused on public safety and food access for at least 800 people a day from June through November -- we will plan a similar market in 2021, hopefully with less restrictions as allowed;
Since we were not able to hold any in-person community events, we pivoted and brought you a Virtual Spring Music Series, Roslindale Squares (an uplifting game show featuring Roslindale Trivia), and several online #ShopSmall contests and campaigns where we gave out over $500 in local biz gift cards to the winners;
We assisted 7 restaurants and breweries in the district with outdoor dining on the public way during the warmer months as well as continued to share funding resources (City, State, and Federal) to small businesses during this unprecedented time.
With the help of our Design Committee volunteers, we were able to implement the final phase of our Poplar Street project, which includes our very first sidewalk mural painted by local artist Laura DeDonato Wyatt and solar lighting in the trees.
To celebrate Small Business Saturday and the holiday shopping season, we hired muralist and sign artist Mandee Made to paint 8 storefront windows with whimsical imagery and text that celebrates our vibrant community.
We continue to face a direct threat to our vibrant community due to the economic, social, and public health upheavals caused by COVID-19, with five businesses permanently closed and many more with a steep decline in sales.
Our organization is working on several initiatives in order to support our business district when it needs #ROSlove the most. The Staff and Board are currently:
Connecting the business community with crisis response resources through our website, e-mail, and by phone;
Promoting businesses as they continue to operate in new and innovative ways, through virtual interviews, social media highlights, and patronage of local shops and restaurants;
Establishing a 2021 financial assistance program for ongoing business relief and recovery.
Organized a safe outdoor Winter Farmers Market in the ABCD Parking Lot and other winter and spring activations in vacant storefronts and in the public realm.
Please consider one of the following giving levels:
Individual Donation of $40
Friend Donation of $60
Household Donation of $80
Sustainer Donation of $100
You can also think about giving a recurring donation - anything from $10, $20, $50 monthly makes a huge difference to your local Main Street program.
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