New City Neighbors A Place Called Home

join us in empowering youth to reach their full potential

Fundraiser Info


  • Date: June 24th through June 26th
  • Schedule: 
    • June 24th: 6pm-9pm, VIP guided tours
    • June 25th: 11am-7pm, guided tours
    • June 26th: 10am -5pm, guided tours
  • Address: 1115 Leonard St SE Grand Rapids, MI 49503
  • Parking: Street parking along Herrick Ave. Parking at East Leonard Church is available on Friday and Saturday.


  • Mobile Auction Bidding: Event attendees will be asked to use mobile devices to bid on items and make purchases. Before the event, please read the "How to Use Mobile Bidding" section of this page to read about how this works.
  • Text to Donate: Use your phone or other mobile device to make a direct donation. Consider these giving levels:
    • $10,000 will allow us to erect a greenhouse at our new farmhouse site. 
    • $2,500 covers the cost of professional development for our high school employees as they build skills that will lead them toward a bright future.
    • $1,000 covers the cost of employing one teen from the summer. 
    • $500 helps cover the cost of bringing high school employees to our farm site at GVSU, where they will experience a college campus while growing food that stocks shelves at area pantries.   
    • $100 will allow one child living in the Creston Neighborhood to participate in hands-on learning in our Gardening or Greenhouse Club programs. 
  • Purchasing Gift Cards: Donate $100 and receive a $50 gift card, or donate $50 and receive a $25 gift card to these local businesses. 
    • Field & Fire
    • Malamaiah Juice Bar
    • Wormies Compost
    • Hamburger Mary's 
    • Graydon's Crossing
    • Lucy's Cafe
    • Frosty Boy
    • River North Public House

How to Use Mobile Bidding

With mobile bidding, bidding for items is now easier than ever! Once you have checked in you will receive a welcome text message with a link. Simply tap on the link to load your confirmation page.

  • Register to Bid: Register to bid ahead of the event to secure your bid number. You will receive a text and/or email once you are able to register to bid. Registration includes credit card info so that you can start bidding right away. 
  • Place bids in seconds: Either swipe up and browse items or tap MENU to search or filter items. Once you find an item you wish to bid on, simply tap Bid/Info, More/Buy or Donate to bid, buy or donate. From there you simply choose an amount and we’ll do the rest.
  • If you're outbid: We keep track of your bids for you and once you have been outbid we’ll immediately send a text message to your phone and show you an on-screen alert. You can easily jump back into your account and make sure you don’t miss out.
  • Watch your bids like a pro with My Bids: You won’t miss a beat with your bidding history filters which show you items you are winning, watching and losing. We keep this page focused on the items you’re interested in so you don’t get distracted and lose an item. You can find your filters under the MENU button.
  • Donate: If you would like to donate outside of the silent auction, text NCN to 56651. You will receive a text message with directions on how to make your donation.
  • If you need help: If you ever need help you can locate a bidding assistant to remove a bid, lookup items, or bid on your behalf. We’ve got your back!


  • Better security: Mobile bidding allows guests to enter their payment information on a secure platform that allows them to know that their information will be safe.
  • More efficiency: Because mobile bidding will send you updates when you are outbid, mobile bidding allows you to track items more efficiently. And, because receipts will be sent to each guest's email through a secure platform, this will also allow you more immediate access to a detailed receipt of your expenses. 

Thanks to our Sponsors!

Ginko Studios Floral Design

About New City Neighbors

New City Neighbors is a faith-based community development organization in Grand Rapids’ Creston Neighborhood. Through urban farming and social enterprise, we provide wholistic programing for youth. Our mission is to empower youth to reach their full potential. 

Our mission is to empower youth to reach their full potential. Click here to meet some of our youth and hear about our programs. 


  • New City Café: The café successfully launched as a social enterprise in 2017. Youth work together to run a weekly farm-to-table restaurant from July to September. The café sells delicious youth-made soups, salads, wood-fired pizzas and baked goods on our outdoor patio using produce grown on our farm. 
  • New City Farm: The Farm provides youth employment while increasing access to produce for 250 farm share families each year, supplying local businesses and supplying food pantries. Youth employees plant, weed, tend, harvest, market, and sell the vegetables and fruit that they grow, while engaging in leadership development. Low income families can stretch food dollars while making healthy choices by using EBT/SNAP benefits and Double Up Food Bucks to purchase farm shares.