This is the second in a five-part series introducing Neighborhood Leadership Academy (NLA) graduates who have been awarded mini-grants to assist with their work in our community.
2016 NLA Grant Recipient – Betty Jones
About Betty Jones
President of the Feiler Park Neighborhood Association, board member of Step Up Savannah, Associate Minister at Lifeway MB
Church, and coordinator of the Lifeway afterschool tutorial program, Betty Jones has been dedicated to service all her life. She also worked in the Savannah-Chatham Public school system as a special education teacher and counselor for many years.
After completing the Neighborhood Leadership Academy (Class 4), Ms. Jones has become even more involved in her community. She is also involved in PACES, an organization which advocates for affordable housing. Through the NLA, Ms. Jones worked with two other classmates, Tithia Young and Tabatha Crawford-Roberts to start a Community 411 resource center. They work to help people in the community get connected with resources that they may need. Ms. Jones said that people don’t always know what resources are available to them; she hopes they will “pay it forward” and work to get the needs of others met too.
Of the training program, she said, “I have been able to become a better disciplined and organized person in my personal life and in the organizations I am a member of.”
What is Feiler Park Neighborhood Association?
The Feiler Park Neighborhood Association, Inc. mission is to work together with officials of the City of Savannah and Chatham County to upgrade and maintain services in the Feiler Park Community that will provide the residents with the quality residential life experience they deserve in their neighborhood.
How will the mini-grant help?
The Feiler Park Neighborhood Association Inc. seeks to provide a place in their community where residents of all ages can express themselves through gardening. A community garden will be open to individuals, families, and organizations in the to plant and harvest fresh nutritious foods. Gardeners will share the harvest with each other so that everyone will benefit.
The Feiler Park Neighborhood Association identified the need for better diet and nutrition for Feiler Park residents. The board feels that gardening would help in various ways, including providing the community with the skills necessary to improve the overall well-being of their families.
Are you interested in participating in Step Up’s Neighborhood Leadership Academy? Applications are currently being accepted, visit www.nlasavannah.org.