2014 Neighborhood Partnership Award Recipients

Over 50 nominations were received honoring and recognizing the outstanding contributions, excellence and accomplishments achieved by neighborhood organizations and civic individuals who partnered with city departments, schools, nonprofits, businesses, institutions and others to improve the quality of life in Roanoke's neighborhoods during 2014. Each nomination was reviewed and scored by an impartial committee of RNA volunteers who selected the winners from the pool of submitted nominations.
  1. 2014 Improvement Award
  2. 2014 City Partnership Award
  3. 2014 Communications Award
  4. 2014 Community Partnership Award
  5.  2014 Volunteer / Leadership Award
  6. 2014 Unsung Hero Award
  7. 2014 Youth Volunteer Award
  8. 2014 Neighborhood  All Star Award
2014 Neighborhood Improvement Award
Gainsborough SW Community Organization History Panel Project,
Constance Crutchfield - President

  • A committee comprised of neighborhood representatives and staff from Hill Studios worked for over 2 to design a way to permanently tell the Gainsboro neighborhood’s story and its contribution to, not only our City, but also to our country.
  • Funds received from a Neighborhood Development Grant, an Arts and Culture mini-grant, and personally donated by members of the Gainsboro SW Community Organization, complemented by in-kind design assistance by Hill Studios and in-kind installation services by the city’s Dept. of Public Works resulted in 8 interpretive history panels being created and mounted on walls within the Wells Avenue Plaza located directly across the street from the Hotel Roanoke’s Wells Avenue entrance.
  • The panels tell the story in text and photos of one of Roanoke’s earliest neighborhoods - the Town of Gainsborough - chartered in 1835 and the settlement and evolution of Northeast and Northwest Roanoke.
  • In addition to telling the neighborhood’s history, these panels also speak to the contributions made by African-Americans from the community who significantly influenced social life, business development and advanced civil rights-locally, regionally, and nationally-highlighting African American role models of the past for citizens today, thereby promoting cultural understanding for future generations to come.