Help Build Your Downtown Community

‘Motu Viget’ is a Latin phrase meaning ‘strength through activity’, which is the City of Grand Rapids’ motto. In this spirit, the community welcomes and rewards people who take an active role in improving the City. There are many ways to get involved, participate purposefully and make your neighborhood better.

Neighbors have a real opportunity to make positive changes in Grand Rapids. Getting involved also provides an opportunity to meet your neighbors, make social and professional connections, acquire new skills and help solve problems or seize opportunities for you and your community.

In 2024, Downtown Neighbors are focusing on three primary areas to improve the Downtown living experience. Learn more below and sign up to play a role!

Step Up Your Involvement


We’re advocating, educating and activating neighbors to be a part of solutions for safer streets for pedestrians and cyclists.


Downtown residents know that our neighborhood is a gem. Be a part of activating neighborhood spaces to gather and connect. 

Community Garden

Are you ready to go green in your Downtown residence? We’re growing a Downtown Community Garden!


Neighborhood safety is in your hands! Participate in the DNN safety block audit. Share what you see as you walk around town. 

Other Opportunities

Want to work on a specific issue and not sure where to begin? Reach out today! We’d love to hear from you. 

Neighborhood Leadership Opportunities

Neighborhood Associations are a great way to help transform your community. Here are the neighborhoods we collaborate with regularly.

Neighbors of Belknap Lookout

Creston Neighborhood Association

Heritage Hill Neighborhood Association

John Ball Area Neighbors

Heartside Downtown
Neighborhood Association

Monroe North Business Association

Roosevelt Park Neighborhood Association

Seeds of Promise

West Grand Neighborhood Organization

DNN Events & Meetings