Americans Building Community
Americans Building Community is a not-for-profit community development corporation based in Vancouver, WA since 2007 dedicated to empowering people in neighborhoods to address their needs – together. So often people feel powerless to help themselves, but with someone who will come along side, encourage them, connect them to resources and helping hands – powerful things happen. Community has been something lost over the past five decades as we have become a society of do-it-yourselfers. We exist at the neighborhood level where we facilitate community to be re-created by helping people connect and help one other. We help identify two or three pressing issues together with residents of neighborhoods. We mobilize volunteers who are passionate about helping to address those needs. Then we go to work to create infrastructure for a sustainable system that will help to provide for the needs. In the process, we identify a credible agent who the ongoing responsiblity can be handed off to – then we repeat the process in another neighborhood.
Our current work has focused on our community gardens that help people in several Vancouver neighborhoods support their family's food needs with produce resulting from their own work. People connect as they work on their plots which helps build the social fabric of these neighborhoods. ABC could use your support to provide seeds, replace tools, for water that is provided and other general maintenance in the gardens. We trust you will view this as double help in building community, as well as, helping to provide better food and end hunger in Southwest Washington.