Rainier Beach Community Empowerment Coalition Programs
Annual Signature Event
- Rainier Beach Town Hall Meeting, the fourth Thursday each January, brings together 100+ residents, organizations and businesses to create priorities for the neighborhood in the coming year.
- Rainier Beach Back2School Bash, the fourth Saturday each August engages 700+ families, gives away 600+ backpacks and brings together 43+ organizations.
- Rainier Beach Action Team Meetings, the third Thursday of each month, brings 30+ people together around the topics of transportation, economic development, public safety, education, environment and family life.
Strategic advocacy for the interests of the neighborhood which includes strategic presence at key meetings e.g., Southeast District Council, City and King County Council meetings and hearings, and other neighborhood based gatherings. We strive to get the right people on the "bus" (names, goodwill) to serve on action teams, board of directors and be eyes/ears for neighborhood
Leadership sustainability that strategically engages youth/young adults with employment opportunities where they shadow action area stewards, do event planning and implementation.
Recent Successes and Current Challenges
Securing resources to launch a "strategic communications initiative". This initiative serves a information "getter outer" to neighborhood residents and stakeholders. We seek to have all activity concerning economic development, education, transportation, environment, public safety and family life occurring in Rainier Beach communicated through email, social networks (Twitter, Face book), electronic/coffee house newsletters, gatherings, one on one meetings and signature events. Thus far the number of month to month contacts through these means surpass 600/month.
We seek to form a pool of "trusted advocates." These individuals will out to organizations that serve the cultural ethnic groups as well as individuals. These groups in turn be asked to become members of RBCEC, to join us in the organization of our signature events, and be included in the development of other neighborhood improvement projects. Communities targeted will include but not be limited to Vietnamese, Somalia, Ethiopian, Latino etc.