Integrity is one of the founding members of the English Avenue/Vine City Community Collaborative. The new Collaborative was convened in April to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 on residents of the Vine City and English Avenue neighborhoods. The Collaborative connects community-based organizations with churches and community-based non-profits to identify gaps, needs and issues to support residents.
The partnership includes two neighborhood organizations: the Vine City Civic Association and English Avenue Neighborhood Association, two churches: New Jerusalem Baptist Church and Higher Ground Empowerment Center, plus Choice Neighborhoods, Greater Vine City Opportunities Program, Historic Westside Gardens, Integrity Transformations CDC, Oasis of Vine City, and Sisters Action Team. The Collaborative’s initial project is the COVID-19 Health and Safety Initiative. Free health and safety packs including fresh fruits and safety care items including masks, gloves and hand sanitizer are being distributed at four neighborhood sites.
- Tuesday at 1 pm at New Jerusalem Baptist Church
- Wednesday at 11am at the Higher Ground Empowerment Center
- Thursday at 1pm at the corner of Lowery and Fox Streets
- Saturday at 11 am at the Vine City Civic Association office on Boone Boulevard.
The Collaborative distributed over 200 bags of fruits and care packages on April 20th and 21st, its first two days in operation. This is just the first initiative of the Collaborative. We look forward to even greater things in the future.