Greenbelt Online is an independent, 501c3 publication with a 4-part mission:
- To create and promote resources and stories that enrich the lives of Greenbelt’s residents.
- To promote organizations, businesses and artists of all kinds located in Greenbelt and to help connect them with each other.
- To showcase Greenbelt’s unique history, culture and natural resources for visitors and potential residents.
- To provide free web pages for Greenbelt organizations and artists in any medium.
To reach us, email Editor@GreenbeltOnline.org.
What’s on Greenbelt Online
- Greenbelt Online Blog has hundreds of stories covering Greenbelt-based people, organizations, and businesses, plus opinion and fun stuff like “day trips.” Subscribe for 1-2 emails weekly containing new articles.
- Guides to Living in Greenbelt are resources that help residents find local services and places to have fun. Most popular: Home Services Recommended by Greenbelters.
- Unofficial Guide to Greenbelt Homes, Inc. is loaded with home and garden tips for the coop members
- Greenbelt Creatives is our directory of Greenbelt-based creatives of all types.
- Community Links lists all organizations in Greenbelt that are online, grouped by category.
- Videos about life in Greenbelt, a curated selection from Greenbelt-based YouTube channels. They can also be found on the new Greenbelt Maryland YouTube Channel.
- Returning in 2021: Events – a guide to what’s happening soon or a regular monthly basis, plus all major events of the year.
- Greenbelt Business Directory – coming in 2021.
Who We Are
Greenbelt Online’s editorial team, responsible for its content and policies, is composed of Susan Harris, Shaymar Higgs, Jeff Lemieux and Julie Winters. The website continues to be improved and maintained by Tanya Amaya and her team at Mosaic Data Services.
We encourage Greenbelters to share their stories and opinions on our blog. The editorial team will help with editing, layout and illustrations. Blog posts must be about Greenbelt, or day trips for Greenbelters. Authors, who may live anywhere, must:
- Abide by copyright law.
- Strive for accuracy and make corrections when needed.
- Use family-friendly language. (This applies to comments, too.)
- Be respectful and constructive in any criticism.
- Be transparent as to their identity.
Income and Expenses
The website and social media channels are supported by:
- A grant from the State of Maryland, through Maryland Milestones.
- The generosity of dozens of sponsors, especially our major sponsors – Beltway Plaza, McCarl’s Dental Group and Realtor Kim Kash. We have no advertisers; just sponsor logos.
Listings in the Greenbelt Creatives Directory, the Directory of Greenbelt Organizations and the Community Links page are free. Businesses listed in our planned Greenbelt Business Directory will be asked to pay $50/year.
On the expense side, the only unavoidable expenses are for hosting and maintenance. After paying those essentials we use funds to improve and promote the site, primarily through paid ads in the Greenbelt News Review.
Way back in 1996, Greenbelt welcomed its first community website, Greenbelt.com, which served as a directory of all things Greenbelt and offered web space for local organizations and even private citizens. It also made email addresses available to member for a nominal fee, and over 100 people took advantage of that deal, with addresses like John@Greenbelt.com.
All those services were provided under the auspices of the Greenbelt Internet Access Cooperative, which sadly dissolved in 2006, after which the site was no longer updated. The domain name Greenbelt.com has been transferred to the City of Greenbelt for safekeeping.
Greenbelt Online Launches in 2017
In early 2016, Greenbelt MakerSpace founder George Boyce called a meeting to discuss Greenbelt’s need for a community website and other digital services. That’s where web developer Tanya Amaya and Greenbelt blogger Susan Harris met and volunteered to create a bigger, better website together to serve the city. .
Susan’s “Greenbelt Live” blog, which began in 2012, was exported to the newly created Greenbelt Online for its launch on January 1, 2017. Greenbelt Online is incorporated in Maryland and was granted 501c3 nonprofit status by the IRS.
How to Get Involved
- Write for the Greenbelt Online Blog, just once or more often. The editorial team will help with editing, illustrating and layout for the web, and you’ll have a link to your article to share and put on your portfolio..
- Tell us if your organization is missing from the Community Directory, or if the link is bad. Help make the site all-inclusive and error-free!
- Help promote Greenbelt Online (and therefore Greenbelt itself).
- What else? We’re excited to hear your ideas.
To contact us about volunteering or with your suggestions, just email us.