Heavenly Groceries (Food Justice/Community Action)
St. Joseph CME Church, inside of which we have our office, has hosted an incredible food pantry program for over 10 years. The Jackson Center helps support this ministry by recruiting and training volunteers for weekly shifts. Heavenly Groceries reclaims food from several local grocery stores and redistributes it daily to any person that walks into the church. Most of the food is fresh produce, fruits, meats, and cheeses. Additionally, it is one of the only food banks in the entire state that allows patrons to select their own food.
Volunteer duties include: driving delivery vehicle; food pick-up; unloading; sorting and cleaning; working with Patrons; clean up
Oral History Archive (Research/ Public History)
The Jackson Center has over 100 recorded oral histories with community residents. Our challenge however is to make these interviews accessible both online and in physical form. In order to do those, we need to have each interview processed, include a Tape Log of key moments, and an abstract. By participating in this process, hear the stories that guide our work. We are grounded in these stories and they drive every one of our initiatives. It is becoming increasingly more important to make these stories public and accessible.
Volunteer Duties include: listening to interviews; creating Tape Logs and Abstracts; creating an online and physical catalogue
Northside News Distribution (Community Organizing/Civic Media)
Our beloved monthly newsletter, Northside News, is our main tool for community organizing. Each issue includes a column from one of our community residents, local news, announcements, and excerpts of local history. We produce a copy monthly and have increased our distribution plan to include almost 700 homes. We need to ensure the community knows of the Jackson Center and other local resources, and is in the know on the latest news. This is the absolute best way to get to know the neighborhood and meet people!
Volunteers Duties include: passing out the newsletter; knocking on doors and engaging residents; solicit feedback and promote community input in newsletter
For more information, please contact:
Coordinator of Organizing and Advocacy