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.

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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

Civil Rights and Oral History Workshops and History Tours

The Jackson Center offers interactive civil rights, local and oral history workshops, and history tours for k-12 students. The curricula incorporates oral history, historical materials, and the incredible leadership of dozens of lifetime residents who share their own experiences and lessons with young people. We invite Northside neighbors, allies, students to participate in these workshops as tour guide assistants, helping with the workshop and walking the neighborhood with student tour groups.

Volunteer duties include: help set up and break down workshop spaces, assist with history tours by keeping kids engaged while neighbors share, and learning the history of Northside and helping share it with student visitors.

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

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For more information, please contact:
Zachary Kopkin
Coordinator of Economic Opportunity and Advocacy