East Winter Garden Neighborhood Alliance Celebrates One-Year Anniversary
Last weekend, the East Winter Garden Neighborhood Alliance celebrated its one-year anniversary at the Maxey Community Center. The East Winter Garden Neighborhood Alliance is a group that St. Luke’s helped found in 2016 as part of our Community Transformation Initiative funded by the Commit Campaign. The Alliance is comprised of East Winter Garden neighborhood residents, volunteers, and community partners dedicated to breaking the cycles of poverty in East Winter Garden by taking concrete actions that support education, family stabilization, neighborhood stabilization, and housing improvement. At the anniversary celebration, an intergenerational choir of 32 individuals from 9 churches came together and performed, a striking example of the social and creative bonds this alliance fosters between individuals who may not have otherwise interacted. Community partners and residents were thanked and honored for their contribution to the Alliance, and two programs founded by the Alliance, Arts After 5 and Door to Curb, were recognized for their accomplishments. Arts After 5 is a program that offers visual art, theater, robotics, dance, and sports classes to 65 East Winter Garden children after school hours, and Door to Curb is a program that helps homeowners with exterior housing improvements and beautification projects while developing resident leadership and organization. One housing project has been completed so far, with five more in the works and a goal to complete 20 houses’ minor exterior repairs and landscaping by the end of next year. If you are interested in learning more about the East Winter Garden Community Transformation and how you can help, visit www.st.lukes.org/community.