The Tepe Park neighborhood is not community of need. Instead, it is a community of potential waiting to be activated!
In an effort to build a movement that leads to action, Community One partnered with the Tepe Park Neighborhood Association to launch early action projects in 2018.
Early action projects involve a formal application process with accountability from winners. The most important outcome is simple – neighbors resourced to bring their vision for change from an idea into reality!
Here are highlights from four successful early action projects from this past year:
- Vernon purchased lawn equipment to mow yards for Tepe Park neighbors who aren’t able to do so for themselves. This is a kind and loving thing to do for others, but it also keeps the neighborhood clean and well kept.
- Cathy and Lisa launched a youth-centric movement called the Southside Stars Youth Zone last year. Early action project funds supported their early efforts to connect youth, their families, and the community through service activities, building leadership skills, and improving communication. SSYZ even won the Sam Featherstone Youth Award from Leadership Everyone this year!
- Rhonda completed a fence painting project with four other residents. Their work beautified the neighborhood and inspired a sense of pride in the community.
- Carmen is building a community good box so neighbors can both leave and take nonperishable food and personal hygiene items to benefit the whole community.
This is only the beginning for resident-led early action projects! Community One and TPNA plan to do another round later in 2019. Stay tuned to our Facebook page for details!