June 7, 2017

What we’ve learned from more than 200 stories of American renewal

Celebrating The Renewal Project's 1st birthday with a look back at memorable moments from a year of covering strength in communities

One of this year's Renewal Awards finalists was Hack the Hood, which supports young people in Oakland, California, who are learning how to code. Photo courtesy of Hack the Hood.

The Renewal Project is celebrating a year of sharing and highlighting stories of innovation in America. When we launched on June 6, 2016, I wrote about the resilience that characterizes so many of our cities—communities that got knocked down, especially during the Great Recession, only to come back stronger. Today, I’m happy to report that we’ve heard from hundreds of individuals on the ground who are supplying their neighborhoods with this strength.

From Hawaii to Vermont, and Detroit to Dallas, we’ve shared the stories of the creative problem solvers and tireless volunteers.

Below are just a few highlights from our inaugural year. We hope you’ll tell us your community’s story before our 2nd birthday!

We didn’t just focus on big cities. These smaller communities are renewing, too:

An artist turns an abandoned home in York, Alabama into a community center.

Another Renewal Awards finalist, Tides Institute & Museum of Art, serves its tiny community of Calais, Maine.

The Renewal Project has been listening to the expertise of leaders who know their communities the best—mayors:

This past year, a few themes especially resonated with our fans:

Innovating in education: The nonprofit Profound Gentlemen supports students by supporting male teachers of color.

Renewal by the numbers:

4: Renewal Series events around the country.

33: States (and the District of Columbia) covered by The Renewal Project.

80: Contributors who have shared their stories of community renewal.

206: Stories published on The Renewal Project.

100,000: Dollars awarded by Allstate to nonprofits to continue their work.

555,000: Likes on The Renewal Project Facebook posts. Thank you!

The Renewal Project is made possible by Allstate.

Margaret Myers

Margaret Myers

Margaret Myers is the editor of The Renewal Project.