July 14, 2015
Last month, the CSSA Board awarded the Change Grant ($105,000 over three years) to the Village of Hope, a local group working against racism. The CSSA Board feels the time is NOW to live out our faith by engaging with the Village of Hope in this cross-race partnership.
The Village of Hope will use their years of anti-racism organizing experience and the core principles of anti-racism to guide us. (See pisab.org for detailed information on anti-racism principles).
Everyone is invited to participate in monthly meetings with Village of Hope and to share suggestions and ideas. Meetings will be held at 6 pm, first Monday of every month at Plymouth.
Change Grant funds for Village of Hope will primarily be used to support their part-time office staff person, Deborah Green, a long-time Village of Hope member. Having a paid staff person frees up the mainly volunteer force at Village of Hope to focus on their core work of anti-racism activities. This financial arrangement is typical of how other organizations have used Plymouth Change Grant funding in the past to leverage the effectiveness of their organization.
Elizabeth Maher (email@example.com)and Don Bell are the key Plymouth leads on this project. Feel free to approach them or anyone on CSSA with your thoughts and ideas. –Caroline BeckerSubscribe