Community Collaboration

Economic Development

Robbins Civic Association

NMFRC helped form the Robbins Civic Association. The Civic Association has several work groups: Downtown Appearance, Education, Recreation, and Cultural Arts, all working to create a stronger community in which to live and work. The Civic Association organizes events and celebrations intended to create a sense of community in the Town of Robbins.

 

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) grants:

NMFRC helped Robbins apply for and receive several EPA grants. The latest approved EPA grants will allow Robbins to clean up the old mill site. Once cleaned up, developers can revitalize the property for new economic development projects designed to increase community pride and to move the community forward.

NMFRC building

In 2015, the town of Robbins voted to lease its former fire and rescue squad building to NMFRC for ten years for $1 per year. In need of substantial renovations, NMFRC enlisted the aid of Christine Dandeneau of Dandeneau Architecture in Pinehurst, N.C. Working with NMFRC pro bono, Dandeneau designed the renovations in three phases. When all three phases are complete, the NMFRC building will have four HOPE Academy preschool classrooms, two large multi-purpose areas, NMFRC offices, a kitchen and a teacher workroom.

Free Tax Return Preparation

NMFRC partners with AARP each year to provide free tax preparation for families in the northern Moore area.

Housing

Northern Moore County has a shortage of safe, affordable, energy-efficient housing. NMFRC has initiated several activities designed to improve housing opportunities in our community.

 

Home ownership program

From 2010-2013, NMFRC offered a home ownership program. Funded through a grant, the program’s goal was to help hardworking families accumulate assets through financial education and home ownership. In order the help families develop a habit of saving, the program participants were required to save at least $50.00 per month until a goal of $1000.00 is reached.   Workshops focused on developing a spending plan, building credit, credit repair, and understanding loan and closing documents. The grant provided a $2000 match to be used at closing for a down payment.

Through the program, more than forty Moore County residents participated in seven financial education classes and nine families became homeowners. After the program ended, four additional families purchased a home.

 

NMFRC and Habitat for Humanity

In the past few years, NMFRC facilitated conversations between the town of Robbins and Habitat for Humanity. As a result, Robbins sold Habitat for Humanity a piece of property owned by the town for one dollar. The first home has been completed and was dedicated on June 8th, 2017. The new homeowner is a local Robbins resident who participated in our home ownership program’s financial education classes.

 

Purchase and renovation

In 2010-2012, thanks to a grant from the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation, NMFRC bought and renovated an old mill house. One of the families in our homeownership program purchased the home in 2014.

Green Spaces

Tracy C. Brown Park

In 2014, NMFRC applied for and received a grant from KaBoom!, a non-profit organization which provides playground equipment for economically challenged areas. The grant provided new equipment for Robbins’ Tracy C. Brown Park, which is across the street from NMFRC’s offices and HOPE Academy.

The town of Robbins owns and maintains the park and NMFRC owns the new equipment, which it leases to the Town for $1 a year. Families come for picnics in the park’s cleaned up pavilion, older folks come to sit and read and enjoy the outdoors, parents and their young children come to play in the fenced area, and HOPE Academy classes visit the park for a play break almost daily. The park collaboration benefits all.

 

Green Space Project

NMFRC and the Town of Robbins are collaborating to create a community green space, stage, and basketball court. The area will include a fenced in space to be used by HOPE Academy. NMFRC and the Town of Robbins look forward to the space being used for large group activities like the annual Farmers Day celebration.