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Winter 2019 N2N Grantees

Quarterly Neighbor to Neighbor grants work to build power and influence at the grassroots level


February 21, 2019

Seattle Foundation’s Neighbor to Neighbor (N2N) program supports grassroots efforts in South Seattle, White Center and Kent that increase engagement, power and influence of community members affected by poverty and racial disparities.

Each quarter, guided by a dedicated group of partners, funders and community representatives, N2N awards funding of up to $6,000 to nonprofit organizations working to achieve greater equity in these communities.

The eight winter grantees and their planned projects are:

  • BUILD (Brothers United in Leadership Development) will conduct a “Barber Shop Series” of community events held in trusted spaces focused on building leadership and community among black males in Kent and South King County. They will focus on addressing the inequitable impacts of the justice and education system in the black community.

  • Centro Comunitario de Autoayuda will conduct a monthly series of workshops and a Mother’s Day festival in the Latin community to teach mediation, yoga and other healthy practices in order to build community, reduce stress and increase resiliency in the White Center area.

  • FIGHT (Formerly Incarcerated Group Healing Together) will facilitate a series of workshops and presentations in South Seattle led and created by Asian Pacific Islander youth focused on the impact of police brutality, deportations and the criminal justice system on API communities. Events would culminate at a Youth Summit at Clallam Bay Correctional Center.

  • Lao Womens Association will increase leadership among Laotian women by training and educating board members on how to run an effective organization. They will also convene a series of focused conversations in South Seattle with Lao parents and their children on how to best advocate for their education.

  • One Vibe Africa will conduct a series of five “Avole Nights” at Cafe Avole, a South Seattle coffee shop. Each will focus on using food as a communal way to build community, resilience and cultural confidence for young African and African American leaders.

  • Queens Project will develop a partnership with Africatown Grow to promote holistic wellness for communities of color in South Seattle through a farm to table community dinner and talk series, titled “Food for Thought.”

  • Somali Family Safety Task Force will support the resilience and healing of Somali refugee families by training community and mosque leaders in trauma and reconciliation and convening a series of trauma healing groups and a community-wide event in South Seattle.

  • South King County LGBTQ Taskforce will conduct a community movie and breakout summit in Kent/South King County as a way to gather and facilitate a community-drive agenda for social change among LGBTQ+ communites of color. They will work to increase visibility, build community power, provide resources and share information about services to empower these residents.

Learn more about Neighbor to Neighbor and our Center for Community Partnerships.

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