Greenbelt Online is a 501c3 nonprofit with a big mission:
- To create resources and stories to enrich the lives of Greenbelt’s residents.
- To promote businesses and artists of all kinds located in Greenbelt and to help connect them with each other.
- To promote, encourage and teach online writing by area students.
What’s on Greenbelt Online
- Greenbelt Online Blog covers happenings, people, movie reviews, how-to information just for locals, think pieces, great day trips, and much more.
- Greenbelt Community Directory of all organizations in Greenbelt that are online. Links are grouped by category.
- Greenbelt Business Directory and Greenbelt Arts Directory are now being finalized and made ready for listings.
- Guides to Living in Greenbelt help residents find local services and places to have fun.
- Unofficial Guide to Greenbelt Homes, Inc. is loaded with home and garden tips for the coop members
- 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.
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 Analytic Design.
Click here to learn more about who’s behind Greenbelt Online.
Greenbelt Online Policies
We encourage Greenbelters to share their stories and opinions on the Greenbelt Online 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.
Greenbelt Online Income and Expenses
The new Greenbelt Business Directory and Greenbelt Art Directory being launched in the spring of 2019 with charge just $20 for artists to be listed (a charge we hope will be one-time-only) and $50 a year for businesses. (There is no fee for Greenbelt’s nonprofits to be listed on the Community Directory.) Rates for advertising will also be posted soon. In addition, we’re exploring grants, and a page for making donations is coming soon.
On the expense side, the only unavoidable expenses are for hosting, site development and maintenance. After paying those essentials we’ll use funds to promote the site and especially the Business and Arts Directories through advertising in the Greenbelt News Review and beyond. Next, we hope to host networking events for Greenbelt businesses and creative people, and also award prizes to winners of student writing contests.
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. Lovers of Greenbelt history are pleased that the site remains online, however, and continues to provide email accounts to a few of its former members.
More History: Greenbelt Online Launched 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 writer-editor Susan Harris met and volunteered to create a bigger, better website to serve the city. Greenbelt Online launched on January 1, 2017 in beta (with Business and Arts Directories in development). Greenbelt Online is incorporated in Maryland and was granted 501c3 nonprofit status by the IRS.
- 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.