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May Lunch & Learn: Orlando Neighborhood Improvement (MO CO-OP)

MO CO-OP (Metro Orlando Cooperative for Thriving Neighborhoods) is a membership association improving quality of life in distressed Central Florida neighborhoods. Each month the CO-OP covers a topic related to Asset-Based Community Development and shares lessons learned from the field. If you are involved in community work or would like to become involved, the CO-OP is a great place to meet-up with like minded individuals and organizations.

NON-MEMBERS ARE ALWAYS WELCOME. Current members include  LIFT Orlando, POLIS, Kaley Square, First Presbyterian Church of Orlando, Emmanuel Fellowship, St. Lukes United Methodist Church, South Street Ministry, and 306 Foundation.

Note on Parking: Please use the additional parking lot located on the southern side of the UP Campus. This parking lot is surrounded by a white, iron fence. The COOP Lunch & Learn will meet in Suite E.

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April Lunch & Learn: Orlando Neighborhood Improvement (MO CO-OP)

MO CO-OP (Metro Orlando Cooperative for Thriving Neighborhoods) is a membership association improving quality of life in distressed Central Florida neighborhoods. Each month the CO-OP covers a topic related to Asset-Based Community Development and shares lessons learned from the field. If you are involved in community work or would like to become involved, the CO-OP is a great place to meet-up with like minded individuals and organizations.

NON-MEMBERS ARE ALWAYS WELCOME. Current members include  LIFT Orlando, POLIS, Kaley Square, First Presbyterian Church of Orlando, Emmanuel Fellowship, St. Lukes United Methodist Church, South Street Ministry, and 306 Foundation.

Note on Parking: Please use the additional parking lot located on the southern side of the UP Campus. This parking lot is surrounded by a white, iron fence. The COOP Lunch & Learn will meet in Suite E.

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Polis Stakeholder Accountability Model

Polis Institute designs solutions to social problems by valuing the perspectives of everyone with a stake in addressing the problem. We serve our three stakeholder groups (Residents, Investors, and Service Providers) in a parallel process —as facilitator— in order to achieve goals that bring the greatest benefit to those directly impacted by the issue, often the local residents.

Residents - People who live in neighborhood, Investors - Those investing capital to help residents, Service Providers - professionals who provide support that work for smaller nonprofits

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Why Place Based?

In 2015, Dr. Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, president of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, issued a statement that “a child’s life expectancy is predicted more by his ZIP code than his genetic code.” In the United States, the 12th richest country in the world, there are neighboring  ZIP codes that have a 20-year difference in life expectancy. That should give everyone pause. It should make us all ask why this is the case … and then move to do something to change it.

The most common factor in neighborhoods with relatively lower life expectancy is lower than average income levels. Low-income neighborhoods tend to have less healthy amenities (e.g. bike paths, sidewalks, access to fresh produce, parks, and exercise facilities), while also having more conditions that are antagonistic to health (e.g. factories, traffic, brownfields, and crime). Add to that mix the fact that opportunities for advancement are often stymied through chronic stress, overly restrictive housing and employment policies, and underperforming schools for the next generation.

“In the United States, there are neighboring ZIP codes that have a 20-year difference in life expectancy.
That should give everyone pause.”

And yet, these very neighborhoods are filled with people fully aware of their dignity and worth; people with talent and passion whose gifts are far too often neglected or ignored. This costs all of us something. This is precisely why place-based philanthropy is so vital — we need the people who live in these neighborhoods to be a part of strengthening our cities and making the world a better place.

This is an excerpt from our 2017 Annual Report.

 

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March Lunch & Learn: Orlando Neighborhood Improvement (MO CO-OP)

MO CO-OP (Metro Orlando Cooperative for Thriving Neighborhoods) is a membership association improving quality of life in distressed Central Florida neighborhoods. Each month the CO-OP covers a topic related to Asset-Based Community Development and shares lessons learned from the field.

NON-MEMBERS ARE ALWAYS WELCOME. Current members include  LIFT Orlando, POLIS, Kaley Square, First Presbyterian Church of Orlando, Emmanuel Fellowship, St. Lukes United Methodist Church, South Street Ministry, and 306 Foundation.

If you are involved in community work or would like to become involved, the CO-OP is a great place to meet-up with like minded individuals and organizations.

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February Lunch & Learn: Orlando Neighborhood Improvement (MO CO-OP)

MO CO-OP (Metro Orlando Cooperative for Thriving Neighborhoods) is a membership association improving quality of life in distressed Central Florida neighborhoods. Each month the CO-OP covers a topic related to Asset-Based Community Development and shares lessons learned from the field.

NON-MEMBERS ARE ALWAYS WELCOME. Current members include  LIFT Orlando, POLIS, Kaley Square, First Presbyterian Church of Orlando, Emmanuel Fellowship, St. Lukes United Methodist Church, South Street Ministry, and 306 Foundation.

If you are involved in community work or would like to become involved, the CO-OP is a great place to meet-up with like minded individuals and organizations.

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MVP Families February Mid-Month Meeting

In May 2017 we began a mid-month MVP Families gathering for our MVP parents to focus on in-depth family goals and for the kids in our program to receive tutoring opportunities. We’re excited to be a part of this resident-led program and to help families in 32805 meet their academic, financial, and health and wellness goals.

Mid-month meetings are located at the POLIS office (1123 W. Conroy Street, Orlando, FL 32805) and happen from 6:30pm to 8:30pm. A light dinner is typically provided. If you’re interested in attending and live in the 32805 area, please contact us via shawn @ polisinstitute [dot] org.

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January Lunch & Learn: Orlando Neighborhood Improvement (MO CO-OP)

MO CO-OP (Metro Orlando Cooperative for Thriving Neighborhoods) is a membership association improving quality of life in distressed Central Florida neighborhoods. Each month the CO-OP covers a topic related to Asset-Based Community Development and shares lessons learned from the field.

NON-MEMBERS ARE ALWAYS WELCOME. Current members include  LIFT Orlando, POLIS, Kaley Square, First Presbyterian Church of Orlando, Emmanuel Fellowship, St. Lukes United Methodist Church, South Street Ministry, and 306 Foundation.

If you are involved in community work or would like to become involved, the CO-OP is a great place to meet-up with like minded individuals and organizations.

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MVP Families December Mid-Month Meeting

In May 2017 we began a quarterly, mid-month MVP Families gathering for our MVP parents to focus on in-depth family goals and for the kids in our program to receive tutoring opportunities. We’re excited to be a part of this resident-led program and to help families in 32805 meet their academic, financial, and health and wellness goals.

This month’s meeting will be a combination of our usual mid-month opportunity and a planning meeting for our upcoming participation in the Citrus Bowl Parade. We’ll be building a float together again this year on Friday, October 30th (more information to come).

Mid-month meetings are located at the POLIS office (1123 W. Conroy Street, Orlando, FL 32805) and happen from 6:30pm to 8:30pm. A light dinner is typically provided. If you’re interested in attending and live in the 32805 area, please contact us via shawn @ polisinstitute [dot] org.

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Nov. Lunch & Learn: Orlando Neighborhood Improvement (MO CO-OP)

MO CO-OP (Metro Orlando Cooperative for Thriving Neighborhoods) is a membership association improving quality of life in distressed Central Florida neighborhoods. Each month the CO-OP covers a topic related to Asset-Based Community Development and shares lessons learned from the field.

NON-MEMBERS ARE ALWAYS WELCOME. Current members include  LIFT Orlando, POLIS, Kaley Square, First Presbyterian Church, Emmanuel Fellowship, St. Lukes United Methodist Church, South Street Ministry, and 306 Foundation.

If you are involved in community work or would like to become involved, the CO-OP is a great place to meet-up with like minded individuals and organizations.