In late fall 2015, a group of young professionals who live and work in Goddard, aptly named the Young Professionals of Goddard (YPG) started meeting regularly to discuss how to help young citizens and families better plug-in to the social and service aspects in our community. YPG identified a need for a united service day of some sort that could bring together many of the existing constituent groups.
About this same time, the Goddard High School and Eisenhower High School Student Council leaders met for a retreat with Superintendent Dr. Justin Henry. During that session, they each expressed a desire to identify a cause that both campuses could jointly support.
The synergy was evident. And, Neighbors United was born.
Neighbors United is a day of service fueled by gratitude.
The name, Neighbors United, was generated by combining named submissions from both high schools. It signifies the existing neighborly bond present in Goddard while emphasizing the action of uniting as a community to help one another and our city.
Neighbors United is coordinated by the Young Professionals of Goddard, students from Goddard High School and Eisenhower High School, and through partnering organizations across the community.
The logo was inspired by three high school students, Jordan Burden and Jared Arrendendo, both from EHS, and Kaitlyn Tibbitts, from GHS, who each submitted original graphic design ideas. YPG then created a digital logo.
The 2016 inaugural Neighbors United event empowered over 300 volunteers to serve as many citizens and organizations possible through designated project sites. In 2017, the number grew to nearly 500 volunteers.
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