GrowSouth Vista Update – Gathering Community

In March, the GrowSouth VISTA team hosted or participated in 6 community events and projects in the Southern Dallas GrowSouth area. The outings ranged from mobilizing volunteers for neighborhood association participation drives, to community gardening, to community clean ups and assisted in an upcoming expungement fair.

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Working primarily with communities in West Dallas, VISTA Altha Moore had a very active month. On March 4th, she held a participation drive with the Runyon Springs Neighborhood Association, in Oak Cliff. Together with President Michael Smotherman, they had an outstanding turn out with very positive feedback (group photo above):

“It was absolutely outstanding. I had 15 volunteers, six from the community, 2 from West Dallas, 6 from a non-profit. The neighborhood was organized and so much fun to work with! We finished gracefully with smiles. What I love best is that people came from everywhere and left smiling. You should have seen Michael’s face when people started coming.”

Sharing Educational Resources

On March 21st, Altha worked with Mayor’s Star Council in support of the Westmoreland Heights neighborhood in West Dallas to ensure that they have up-to-date information about how to keep their community safe, stay in touch with local officials, and connect with law enforcement.

Thank you to partners Advocates for Community Transformationand the Westmoreland Heights Neighborhood Association for training and support. Thanks also to Saint Mark Vineyard AME Zion Church for hosting the group for dinner and conversation!

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A Community Who Cleans Together…

On Saturday, March 25th VISTA Danielle Conley organized a community clean-up event with the Tenth Street Historic District community in Oak Cliff. Thank you to our generous volunteers who came from the Tenth Street community, Adamson High School, Education Is Freedom and bcWorkshop. A big thanks to American Care Foundation for providing lunch, and Greater El Bethel Baptist Church for hosting us!

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Welcoming VISTA Coordinator & Two New Team Members

Please join us in welcoming our new VISTA Coordinator, Gabrielle Bolling (left) and two new teammates, Sasha Wigfall (middle) & Mandy Watkins (right)! They are pictured here with fellow Americorps VISTA member David Reeves, of Education Is Freedom. Gabrielle started at the end of February and will be leading the GrowSouth VISTA team. Sasha & Mandy started with us at the end of March. Sasha will be working with communities in the South Dallas/Fair Park area, and Mandy with West Dallas communities. Welcome!!

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