COMMUNITY BUILDING & ENGAGEMENT
Sustainability – Primavera’s commitment to social and economic justice in the context of vibrant and revitalized neighborhoods has challenged the organization to integrate its neighborhood revitalization and community engagement activities. The strategy is to integrate community development and community engagement by strengthening resident leadership development and organizing across sectors with multiple community partners in targeted neighborhoods.
Visit our Events Calendar to find out about upcoming community events.
To learn more about our community building and engagement initiatives, contact us at (520) 623-5111 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Arizona Law Enforcement Coordinating Committee
Primavera's Director of Community Engagement served as the Chair of the Tucson Subcommittee of The United States Attorney’s District of Arizona Law Enforcement Coordinating Committee Weed and Seed Reentry Initiative. The Arizona Law Enforcement Coordinating Committee’s (LECC) Weed & Seed Reentry Initiative is a community based, stakeholder-led initiative in Arizona to promote the successful re-integration of ex-offenders in order to reduce crime and recidivism and increase public safety. For almost two years, between 2008-2010, LECC Reentry Initiative subcommittees met in Tucson and Phoenix to assess reentry challenges and to develop key recommendations for executive decision-makers and public policy makers in Arizona. The Final Report was completed in 2010 and is being presented to the Arizona State Legislature for consideration.
Measuring Change at the Community Level
Primavera was invited to participate in a new Success Measures Data System (SMDS) Community Stabilization Pilot Project with other NeighborWorks® America (NWA) chartered organizations. The SMDS project will help us gather baseline data in the City of South Tucson and give Primavera the tools to measure changes over time at the community outcome level. We are working with the youth from the John Valenzuela Youth Center who will assist us, along with residents, COST staff and other volunteers to complete this project. Primavera's community engagement coordinator and interns will coordinate this project with all the partners.
In fall 2010, Primavera, in addition to many community partners, received a large three year grant from the Community Foundation for Southern Arizona (CFSA) to support our community engagement work in the City of South Tucson—consisting of a variety of projects including resident surveys, community gardens, resident training events, community clean-up events, and other activities identified by residents in the surveys. Primavera is the lead organization and other partners include Arizona’s Children Association, South Tucson Prevention Coalition, John Valenzuela Youth Center, House of Neighborly Services, City of South Tucson, PRO Neighborhoods, two South Tucson elementary schools, Southside Presbyterian Church, and Arizona State University School of Social Work.
Read more about the Success Measure tools:
- To read an overview of the Community Stabilization Indicator/Tool Framework click here.
- To visit NeighborWorks® America's overview of the Success Measures click here.
Click here to read more about the Community Foundation of Southern Arizona 2010 Community Investment Collaborations.
Implementing Neighborhood Stabilization: Primavera Case Study
In January 2010, NeighborWorks® America released a report about Implementing the Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP): Community Stabilization in the NeighborWorks Network. The report “presents case studies of 12 nonprofit housing and community development organizations working to stabilize communities hit hard by foreclosures. Each provides a powerful example of the 5 Cs of community stabilization, a paradigm developed by the National Community Stabilization Trust to help define and identify effective local community stabilization efforts.”
Primavera's work to renovate or replace foreclosed housing in the City of South Tucson was included as a case study for the successful use of all of the 5 C's of Community Stabilization.
The National Community Stabilization Trust defines the "Five C's of Community Stabilization" as:
- Comprehensive – Community stabilization efforts should result from a plan that addresses all destabilizing forces in the community.
- Concentration – Community stabilization efforts should be targeted for maximum impact.
- Collaboration – Community stabilization efforts should include a broad array of partners with a strong focus on resident engagement.
- Capacity – Community stabilization efforts should be undertaken by organizations with demonstrated capacity in the planned activities.
- Capital – Community stabilization efforts should be adequately capitalized and explore creative methods to take advantage of new sources of capital.
Learn more about Primavera's efforts in the City of South Tucson by reading the full case study, click here.
Read the entirety of Implementing the Neighborhood Stabilization Program, click here.
Visit the NeighborWorks® page for an overview of the study.
The Primavera Foundation hosts public forums on important issues that affect neighborhoods and the wider community. Past forums include key topics such as poverty; disability and poverty; and prisoner reentry. Forums provide a venue for the discussion of community-based solutions to critical issues in Tucson and Pima County.
No community forums are currently scheduled. Continue to visit our event page, click here, for announcements of upcoming forums.
Community cleanups are important for the health and well-being of communities and have been proven to improve social and economic aspects of neighborhoods. The City of South Tucson is partnering with Primavera to make a visible difference in the community by providing structured days of city-wide clean-up of the streets and neighborhoods, along with trash pickup of bulky unwanted items, such as branches and furniture.
The first ever community cleanup happened on December 4th, 2010. Funded by the Community Foundation for Southern Arizona and NeighborWorks® America, the December cleanup demonstrated the best of community collaboration! Representatives of the City of South Tucson Public Works department coordinated drop-off sites and provided ongoing support to volunteers during the day. Approximately 80 people, including students of the Eller College of Management from the University of Arizona, members of the Nemesis Car Club, representatives from Casa Maria, staff and youth from the John Valenzuela Youth Center, Primavera staff and other community volunteers, worked for three hours that morning to pick up trash in the City of South Tucson.