In addition to making financial donations, the 4MRMarket team has provided site improvements through "sweat equity" and by soliciting donations, both big and small. In 2012, an anonymous donation of $10,000 helped support a NEA grant to build a performance stage. Other private donations and grants are being sought to provide park furniture, a green roof, plant rain gardens and other park improvements. The efforts have received coverage on NPR.
Without these volunteer efforts, the stalled park improvement might have continued the decline into blight. And there is anecdotal evidence that cleaning up the sites has improved safety: when volunteers were removing some of the trees on the site and thinning out the bottom branches of others, a woman expressed her gratitude for making the area feel more secure. She relayed the story of having her purse stolen by an assailant who had hidden among the trees and attacked her when she was waiting for the bus. Likewise, the site improvements have increasingly become self-policing: the more the sites have been continuously cleaned and improved on a sustained, albeit modest, basis, the less vandalism and littering has occurred. There have been boons in crime reduction, increase use of the parks, a general increased feeling of well-being and the beginning of investment interest in the commercial district.