"Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we've been waiting for. We are the change that we seek"~ President Barak Obama
Since the early 1900s, community organizers have worked tirelessly to overcome national, regional, or local problems in an effort to increase their quality of life. It has been the sweat, blood, and tears of these organizers that have been the catalyst of change, whether it’s been for abortion rights, to small local efforts such as getting stops signs installed on street corners.
Community organizers have been the backbone of our democracy and will always be the cornerstone of tackling complex issues.
Why community development organizations are essential for black communities
The approach to revitalizing and redeveloping neighborhoods cannot be achieved utilizing traditional development strategies. Instead, neighborhood development has to utilize a bottom-up approach, where residents are at the center of creating change by developing strategies, becoming political, and acquiring resources. This is especially true in underserved communities because of the complex and intertwined web of social, political, and economic decay that have a direct impact on residents quality of life.
HOW WE HELP
We assist residents and other community stakeholders in establishing and developing formal Community Development Organizations (CDOs). CDOs are organizations that are created to support and revitalize communities. They are especially useful in black communities and underserved areas that need political voices and representation. It is our philosophy that every predominately black community should have a formal CDO so that residents can take charge of, develop, and fight for their communities.
We assist in developing strategies around the areas of:
- Creating and spreading a vision
- Recruiting members
- Developing leadership
- Forming and maintaining a cadre
- Launching the organization
- Research and planning
- Evaluating process and product
- Staffing the organization
- Implementing plans
- Tapping Resources
- Building and strengthening interorganizational relations