ABOUT GROWING TOGETHER
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Growing Together is known as a community quarterback. That means we guide and support community members, organizations and funders to create vibrant communities for children. To be a successful neighborhood, children must have the right conditions to live, learn and thrive. We work to change the fundamental conditions of a neighborhood to benefit kids, making it a more attractive, mixed income neighborhood for families and businesses.
But we don’t want to reinvent the wheel. Our job is to be the connection between businesses, non-profit organizations and other programs. Together, we can all improve our neighborhoods.
Eliminate inequalities that stand in the way for families in vulnerable neighborhoods to succeed.
Working alongside community members in Tulsa to create the conditions that we all want for our own kids: great schools; quality, affordable housing; safe and amenity-rich public spaces, and are invested in the economic development and vibrancy of the community.
- The “Growing Together” collaborative was formed and the name created by neighborhood residents
- Replaced Archer Park playground equipment and renovated pavilion
- Remodeled Admiral Park: added new playground and converted tennis court to multi-use court and added pavilion
- Launched partnerships with City Year, Reading Partners, Communities in Schools, CS, TDS
- First phase of Capital Homes completed (10 homes)
- West Park, Tulsa’s first mixed-income apartment community, completed 128 units
- Kendall-Whittier park remodel completed
- Growing Together became its own, independent entity solely focused on comprehensive neighborhood revitalization
- Created a longitudinal data system to track student progress both in school and connected to Extended Learning Time activities
- Recruited focused partnership of Tulsa Habitat for Humanity
- Assisted obtaining a $7m commitment from Zarrow foundation for affordable housing to expand the capacity of Tulsa Habitat for Humanity
- Launched Coffee with Parents
- Partnered with the Tulsa Immigrant Relief Fund (TIRF) to support families that experienced financial hardship due to COVID-19.
- Partnered with Elote to create Food for Families to provide weekly meal kits to families in need during COVID-19.
- Launched the Mi Gente Loan Fund. This fund is is for Latinx small business owners and independent contractors who have been adversely affected by COVID-19. Mi Gente offers funds up to $15,000 with 0% interest and no collateral required.
- Celebrated our 10th Anniversary
- Continued COVID-19 support through the TIRF, Mi Gente Loan Fund, the RESET Grant and Food for Families
- Launched the Community Leadership Institute
Families, cities, and schools: Nonprofit and grassroots solutions By: Jennifer Griffin In part three of our series on Urban Living with Kids, we began a discussion on
Access to food, safe streets and quality schools help make up a thriving neighborhood. When these resources come together, neighborhoods start to flourish.