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Got Green 

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GOT GREEN is bridging the gap between communities of color and low income communities and a progressive, ecologically aware future.

GOT GREEN is a grassroots community organizing group located in racially diverse Southeast Seattle. We engage, recruit and build leadership among low income workers, people of color, low income women, and young adults in SE Seattle and beyond into South King County.

Our goal is to turn the promise of the new, green economy into tangible benefits for our communities while cultivating new leaders for the environmental and social justice movements.

Mission Statement
GOT GREEN works to give low-income people and communities of color in Seattle/King County access to the benefits of the green movement and green economy - good green jobs, healthy food, energy efficient and healthy homes, and quality public transportation. We do this by cultivating leaders to educate, advocate, organize and build coalitions.
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Got Green
3518 S Edmonds St 
Seattle 
WA
98118 
(206) 290-5136 

Jill Mangaliman 
Executive Director 

Programs

Got Green Programs

The Women in the Green Economy/Access to Healthy Food Campaign elevates the voices and leadership of women of color and low income women to put more healthy food dollars into the pockets of low income families of color, and increase physical access to healthy food in Southeast Seattle communities.

2014 GOAL: Lead a Women’s Leadership Institute on food access/food justice issues that involves at least 20 women of color and/or low income women; increases the size and capacity of our Food Access Team; and deepens the knowledge base and skill set of grassroots women leaders to mobilize in their communities for great access to affordable, healthy food.

The Green Jobs/Construction Jobs Equity Project
leads community organizing and coalition-based advocacy strategies to win living wage jobs and training opportunities on construction projects that are being “built green” or are an outgrowth of transit oriented development.

2014 GOAL: Get a Targeted Local Hiring ordinance passed by the Seattle City Council that will guarantee construction-related jobs and training opportunities to workers living in the most economically disadvantaged neighborhoods in our city.

The Young Workers in the Green Economy Project
was launched in 2013 to promote the voices and leadership of young adults of color – ages 18-30 – around the issues of jobs and employment. This project engaged 150 young adults of color in a face-to-face survey, roundtables, and organizing efforts that will shed light on young workers challenges in and hopes for the green economy.

2014 GOAL:  Identify and launch a community organizing campaign that builds the power of young workers; connects them to a broader movement; recruits, involves and trains new youth leaders;  and advances a specific demand to solve at least one issue raised in the Young Workers in the Green Economy Project [barriers to public transportation; financial access to higher education; living wage, paid work experience]

Recent Successes and Current Challenges

SUCCESS
In 2013, the Women in Green/Food Access Team worked to turn the Fresh Bucks pilot program into a permanent food access program that provides matching dollars for low income individuals and families using food stamps/EBT cards at neighborhood farmers’ markets. Now, Seattle families on food stamps or EBT cards can double their dollars at neighborhood farmers markets.
 

Our advocacy for farmers’ market bucks caught the attention of the City of Seattle. The City responded by creating a pilot program for low income families shopping at neighborhood farmers’ markets;  “Fresh Bucks” gave more healthy food dollars to help put more healthy, local food on families’ tables.

To ensure that Fresh Bucks would come back each and every year, our women's team collected 450 petitions from members of our community in Southeast Seattle, and personally delivered the petitions to Seattle City Council members and the Mayor's office. The women also mobilized and testified at city council hearings, created a music video, published media articles and blogs, and shared video testimonials to show the benefits of the Fresh Bucks program on low-income Seattle families.

NEED
Got Green needs funding to staff each of the grassroots leadership committees to support them as they strive to create a place for people of color and low income people to grow their leadership and lead campaigns to win changes in public policy that increase access to the benefits of the green economy - good green jobs, healthy food, energy efficient and healthy homes, and quality public transportation.

Evaluation


Got Green engages and builds the capacity of historically hard to reach populations in order to ensure that all in our community are participating in and reaping the benefits of environmental preservation. The new focus on a clean-energy economy presents a unique opportunity to engage low-income communities and communities of color in the green jobs movement to promote stewardship of the environment and economic development, while empowering underrepresented communities.

Proven Success
While a relatively new organization, Got Green has been steadily growing its membership and activities. It is frequently around the table with public officials, working to give underserved communities a voice in the green economy movement. It was included in a stimulus grant recognizing its success in engaging these communities.

Its work with Women in the Green Economy was born out of more than 200 face-to-face surveys with low-income women who identified “access to healthy food” as a priority. With Got Green’s support these women have organized an advocacy effort that helped save the successful Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program from state budget cuts.

Use of Best Practices
Got Green’s work is based on the idea that change needs to be led by those who are affected by it. For its home weatherization apprenticeship program, they formed a historic partnership with the Laborers Union of North America (LiUNA), capitalizing on both organizations’ core strengths- LiUNA has the ability to offer respected credentials, and Got Green can design the recruitment and enrollment process to be accessible for people of color and women.

Additionally, Got Green leads an annual strategic planning retreat with staff, board, and volunteer leaders that provides an opportunity to evaluate its work and plan new programming or strategies to address gaps or emerging issues.

Accessibility
Got Green is an innovative grassroots organization led by people of color that works on issues of access to and equity in the green economy. It does specific outreach to low-income communities of color, recent immigrants, ex-offenders, and young adults to identify potential community leaders and support them on community identified campaigns. Got Green provides the infrastructure and training to elevate the voice of the community.

Collaboration
Got Green is working to build a broad-based coalition of organizations and institutions (places of worship, schools, etc.) in communities of color around the issues of access to and equity in the green economy. Existing partnerships include: White Center Community Development Association, LiUNA, Puget Sound Sage, Emerald Cities Seattle, Green For All, El Centro de la Raza, APRI Black Pastors Group, Creatives 4 Communities, Rainier Beach Empowerment Coalition, the Workforce Development Council of Seattle-King County and Umoja Peace Center.

Grant History with The Seattle Foundation:

Grants Awarded through The Seattle Foundation Grantmaking Program:

DateAmountPurpose
9/24/2014 $3,000.00honorarium for community-based organizations participating in the Communities of Opportunity Design Committee.
5/30/2013 $20,000.00support general operating expenses. Equity LOI grant.
3/10/2013 $16,000.00support general operating expenses.
6/10/2012 $15,000.00support general operating expenses.
3/10/2011 $10,000.00support general operating expenses for Got Green.

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