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Community Linc: Sustainable Change for Local Families

Community Linc: Sustainable Change for Local Families

Posted: 03-04-2011

W.K. Kellogg Foundation of Battle Creek, Michigan has awared $1.8 million to LINC community revitalization inc. to launch Community Linc an effort to stabilize families and communities by helping families move out of poverty and increasing the capacity of residents to lead change.

“Years of marginalization, poverty, and unemployment have created a structure of inequality and these conditions are systemically perpetuated within our neighborhoods.” Darel Ross, Co-Executive Director of LINC Community Revitalization Inc. believes, “there are direct relationships between personal asset building and future development; parent’s stability and children’s success and; quality early childhood education and school performance. When addressed in tandem, each of these relationships can positively impact family growth, creating healthier, safer and more prosperous communities.”

The goal of Community Linc is to ensure that residents within historically marginalized communities have access to the appropriate services, trainings, and programs.  The objectives are to move families 200% above poverty, connect parents with quality educationally based early childcare, and improve the capacity of residents to participate in community life; all while intentionally expanding social and professional networks within the neighborhoods for social change. 

“This asset-based development approach will holistically meet the needs of families but also work to utlize the strength and wisdom of residents to shift the social conditions of our neighborhoods” says Jeremy DeRoo, Co-Executive Director of LINC Community Revitalization Inc. “In doing this, it will help break the cycle of poverty, not just for families but for the entire community.

The W.K. Kellogg Foundation, established in 1930, supports children, families and communities as they strengthen and create conditions that propel vulnerable children to achieve success as individuals and as contributors to the larger community and society. Grants are concentrated in the United States, Latin America and the Caribbean, and southern Africa.  For further information on the foundation, please visit http://www.wkkf.org