Community Engagement

Community Engagement

 

Southside Community GardenWe don’t just train residents of low-wealth neighborhoods, we engage residents on multiple levels, working to build community capacity and completing hands-on projects that make neighborhoods healthier and more sustainable. GO is working to build inclusive, community-based solutions to local economic, health, and environmental problems.

 

Current Projects Include:

 

•  Serving free, healthy meals four days each week in the Southside Kitchen.

•  Bringing the Y’s Healthy Living Mobile Market to the Edington Center every second Wednesday of the month to distribute fresh fruits and vegetables to the Southside community, through a partnership with the YMCA of Western North Carolina.

•  Jointly operating a community vegetable garden at the Edington Center, in partnership with local residents and community leaders. The Southside Community Garden-constructed in 2015–is currently operated by a coalition of community members from the Southside neighborhood and beyond. Produce from the garden is used by the GO Kitchen Ready program and distributed to local residents, food pantries, and garden participants. 2017 garden workdays will take place on Saturday mornings from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM. All ages and experience levels are welcome at garden workdays.

•  Hosting Job Club in the Edington Center computer resource lab, in partnership with A-B Tech. Job Club is a place for local job seekers to gain one-on-one assistance with the job search, from preparing a resume to completing online applications. Job Club is open Monday through Friday from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM.

•  Constructing and installing a pergola at the Hillcrest Community Orchard, in partnership with Asheville GreenWorks, the Housing Authority of the City of Asheville, and the Hillcrest residents.

 

 

Our primary strategies for impact include:

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•  Public education and activation within the greater community to support our programs and trigger institutional change
•  Novel and effective partnerships that bridge neighborhood resource gaps and build capacity
•  Youth engagement and job-readiness activities that leverage and connect existing community resources

 

We believe that nonprofits can advocate as well as serve. While we work to prepare people for transitions out of poverty and joblessness, we also seek to address the social, economic and historical causes for those conditions.