What We Do
The Avondale Quality of Life Initiative is helping Avondale set goals for its future, prioritize its needs and generally get things moving toward positive change. The initiative is taking everything about Avondale into consideration: schools, parks, health care, child care, safety, social services and economic advancement. We are currently in Phase One of this effort, which calls for interviewing residents and community stakeholders to identify shared community priorities. Once this information is collected, we will develop a comprehensive plan and take action.
“Avondale Neighbors Organizing For Community Change” https://www.wvxu.org/post/avondale-neighbors-organizing-community-change#stream/0
“Avondale residents provide vision for next decade” https://www.soapboxmedia.com/features/Community-engagement-improves-quality-of-life.aspx
Avondale Feet in the Street 5K
ADC occasionally hosts community events to bring our neighborhood together. A great example was the Avondale Feet in the Street 5K & African American Male Wellness Walk, held on October 6, 2018. As we all know, in Cincinnati, African American males live an average of 10 years less than white men due to conditions that are largely treatable if diagnosed early. This was the fifth year of our annual 5K, and was designed to offer a lifeline to at-risk African American males by providing health screenings, counsel and important information – all in the context of a day-long festival where friends and family were offered support and encouragement. This year we had over 600 participants, 125 of which received health screenings, and it was all free.
ADC also has a very robust communications platform to keep residents informed about important issues in Avondale. We have a biweekly email newsletter, a biweekly “robocall” system, website, Facebook page, Twitter feed and Instagram account. And we have a community engagement team that meets residents where they live and where they gather to deliver information and gain feedback about challenges facing our neighborhood.
Pitching for Peace
Pitching for Peace enlists the help of local government, civic business leaders, public and private organizations, residents, churches, schools and hospitals together on a softball diamond. The event is family oriented and friendly. The event will host a softball homerun derby, whiffle ball homerun derby and 7-inning softball game. During the 5th inning of the championship game the vested community groups will give community health, safety and other issues facing Cincinnati communities.Other key partners include the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital & and Medical Center, 101.1 WIZF, 4Awareness, Ronald McDonald House Charities, Avondale Angels Youth Baseball Organization, Stags Barbershop & Spa, and the City of Cincinnati.
“City cops pair with community to preach summer message of peace” - http://www.fox19.com/story/29120101/city-cops-pair-with-community-to-preach-summer-message-of-peace
“Pitching for Peace: Softball game brings community together” - http://local12.com/news/local/pitching-for-peace
Avondale Night Walk
As part of the Avondale Quality of Life initiative, Avondale residents, Avondale Development Corporation, Green Umbrella, GoVibrant, ArtWorks, Landor, City of Cincinnati and the Cincinnati Police Department will be hosting a glow-themed night walk with to enhance community-police relations, disrupt drug trafficking and loitering, and celebrate community collaborations.
Avondale Night Walk will consists of constellation light displays, glow games, glow activities, glow giveaways and a preview to the Festival of Lights at the Cincinnati Zoo.
Avondale Financial Literacy
Residents who have a full understanding of their finances – from managing debt and proper budgeting to retirement planning and foreclosure prevention – are more likely to thrive in an emerging Avondale. And yet, some to 40% of our 12,000 residents are unbanked, and there is no local bank or branch in all of Avondale.
ADC’s financial literacy efforts help ensure that residents who want to stay in the neighborhood are better able to. Our program aims to increase financial understanding among existing and potential homeowners by focusing on savings, budgeting, expense management and credit score improvement, and taking away the fear and embarrassment common among residents for whom the financial world is at best intimidating and at worst frightening.
“New Workshop Promotes Financial Literacy in Uptown” http://www.uptowncincinnati.com/blog/2019/3/28/new-program-offers-financial-literacy-education-for-avondale-residents