White Center Community Development Association Programs
We support White Center children and adults in knowledge-building, access to services, and leadership opportunities that will assist them in achieving their goals. We connect families to schools, community, resources, opportunities and each other.
Our "place" based strategies seeks to attract investment in the neighborhood, support entrepreneurship and small businessdevelopment, improve community health and safety, and increase affordable housing options using a community based economic development approach.
The heart of our work in service of our results in Families and Neighborhoods. We increase resident voice in neighborhoods by supporting resident-led activities, strengthening resident connections and leadership and creating opportunties to build relationships that result in a vibrant, multi-ethnic and proud sense of community.
Recent Successes and Current Challenges
1) In 2013, WCCDA in partnership with collaborative partners formally launched White Center Promise, a long-term initiative aimed at eradicating poverty in White Center. Its goal is that all children in White Center will graduate from high school and earn a post-secondary credential that leads to a living wage career. We began with the Family Success Partners (FSP) work in our elementary schools and have begun our roll-out of services to our families with preschool aged children through our Early Learning Connectors program. We are working with partners to create a pathway for college for families with youth completing highschool as well as supports for residents interested in a technical trade or developing a specific skill that leads to career opportunties for all.
2) With our 2nd Annual 5K Run, we have to date enrolled over 900 individuals who have participated in the run with momentum for even bigger participation in the future. The 5K itself was an inspired by a young adult who grew up in White Center and wanted to promote an event that would support healthy active lifestyle while connecting residents and families to each other. The signature community events including the Annual Summit, Spring Clean and the Promise Celebration have engaged over 10,000 residents over the last 12 years!
Current needs for the organization focus on the key components of our overall work in White Center.
Neighborhood Revitalization-potential work that includes pre-development and capital support for our commercial real estate development work and preservation of our local parks and open spaces/public art. Support for our White Center Fresh Marketplace Initiative to improve access to and diversity of healthy foods in our business district and capacity to attract investiment and grow White Center into a viable site for future entrepreneuers and local involvement of community members.
Community Building-Support for community events to recruit and retain resident leaders for leadership, outreach and trainings to other residents and builidng a sustainable resident led pool of community advocates to continue to grow the work of strengthening community capacity to lead in specific actions and/or activities and increase community engagement efforts.