Thursday, January 28, 2010

War on Poverty-Florida receives $20,000 grant

The War on Poverty-Florida has received a $20,000 grant from the Jaguars Foundation in partnership with Baptist Health. The grant dollars were awarded in support of War on Poverty-Florida’s initiative to combat childhood obesity through its flagship Build a Healthy Community Childhood Obesity Prevention Project in Jacksonville.

New Team Member

Please join us in welcoming Karen Phillips, J.D. to the War on Poverty-Florida team!  Karen will serve as Project Coordinator/Policy Analyst in our Miami office.

Karen gained previous community development experience when she served as President of the Peggy Quince Chapter of Black Law Students Association, where she coordinated outreach/ mentoring programs for youth. Prior to her position with War on Poverty-Florida,  Karen worked in the legal field in the areas of Commercial Litigation and Immigration.
A graduate of St. Thomas University School of Law, Karen holds a Juris Doctor degree and a Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Leadership and Group Communications from Trinity International University.
Karen is a member of Christway Baptist Church, The Gwen S. Cherry Black Women Lawyers Assocation and the proud mother of two daughters, Kytana (13) and Kyrsten (6). 

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

A New Beginning and Bittersweet Ending

On February 3rd, our long-time Community Organizer, Amanda Hood will leave us to embark upon a new journey several hundred miles from Florida.

Mandy (as she prefers to be called),  is trading in her flip-flops for snow-boots and moving up the East Coast to become the newest Union Organizer for the Service Employee International Union in Pennsylvania.

During her three years with the War on Poverty-Florida, Mandy has been instrumental in developing relationships within the Miami Gardens and Opa-Locka communities in Miami-Dade County.  She has been known for her ability to "hit the ground" and flex her organizing muscles, connecting with many community members and residents.  When she moved from Miami to our headquarters office in Jacksonville, Mandy wasted no time getting out in the community, passing out flyers, making connections and bringing individuals to our doors to provide resources and assistance when needed.

Our Executive Director believes Mandy is one of the BEST community organizers that Florida has ever seen and notes that she will be sadly missed, both in our office and in the community.  We will also miss her compassionate ideals on community organizing, her laugh, and her creative vegan meals.

Mandy, we wish you the best...and please know that once you are connected with the War on Poverty-Florida, you are always connected with the War on Poverty-Florida.  You are a part of our family!  Safe travels, and see you soon!

Monday, January 25, 2010

Get your Finances in Order!

Attend our new Budget Bootcamp workshops and learn how to create and maintain a budget and tips for maintaining good credit.  The workshops are held the first week of each month in the Jacksonville office.  Visit our website for information or to register.

What is the War on Poverty Florida?

We focus on building community by creating asset building opportunities for families and increasing capacities of community based organizations to achieve self sufficiency and positively impact the economic capacity of underserved communities.  We work in communities in Florida. To date we serve Jacksonville, Miami Gardens and Opa-locka.

Five strategic priorities that guide our work and service offerings include: Economic & Workforce Development; Homeownership & Small Business Development; Financial Education; Organizational Leadership & Capacity Building; and Social Policy.

Our vision is to be a builder of communities.  We recognize that work is not done solely through one organization, but through collaboration and partnership building and actively seek opportunities to strengthen efforts and affect change.