Most people that read the website or are friends with Racine Uncovered on facebook know that a few months ago we formed a group of volunteers called “We Are Racine”. Our intention and determination was starting to fix this city block by block. Giving back neighborhoods to the residents, instilling pride and hope with hardwork into the community. After meeting with Police Chief Art Howell and partnering up with the Jacato COP House and the officers there, the journey began.
In our first 2 months we have helped fixed up an apartment building, bringing volunteers to Jacato Drive. We have worked 4-5 days a week at the COP House on various activities. We started the lunch program with the help of the RPD/COP Officers. Our intention was to never go into a neighborhood and tell people how to live. We are there to lend a hand, not a hand out. Our daily work has enabled us to earn the trust of the residents in that area, get to know them and LISTEN TO EVERYONE with the intention of doing something about it, if it’s within our means and power.
We not only get the children over for lunches, but we get the parents and residents that come over and sit with us. We are working hard on expanding the program as allows to include, parenting programs, CPR programs, dental hygeniene programs, after school programs and homework help.
We have partnered with businesses and residents alike to get this done. We do not rely on any type of government funding, this is all donations (crayons, paper, coloring books, art supplies, board games, water activities, wading pool, 4 picnic tables built and donated by Dino’s and Buona Vita, sports equipment). Sometimes when things are needed, no questions are asked, volunteers do what they can to make sure needs are met.
The latest donation was made today. With the help of volunteer Serena Sosa, Dianna Ruhl donated 2 Little Tyke’s play cubes with slides. Residents came over and helped us put them together (no they just don’t snap together). Kids and people were so happy that the kids will have a little more something to do.
Without all the people that have come forward to help this wouldn’t be growing like it is now. To the volunteers that dedicate countless hours and days every week to make these changes. I thank you!!!
JUST WAIT FOR THE STORY ON WHAT “WE ARE RACINE” has gotten for National Night Out for Jacato. It will amaze you (that later this weekShare on Facebook