From El Pomar Foundation:
…El Paso County Public Health was selected as the recipient of a grant for its RISE (Resilient, Inspired, Strong, Engaged) Coalition. El Pomar’s Trustees made a seven-year commitment to help fund the RISE Coalition, especially in its resident-led work. RISE aims to enhance southeast Colorado Springs through citizen-led change and utilizes local resources to reduce barriers to success. In 2017, El Paso County Public Health facilitated the planning process for the RISE Coalition in partnership with the Colorado Springs Black Chamber of Commerce, the Council of Neighbors and Organizations (CONO), and the YMCA of the Pikes Peak Region. Through that process, RISE developed a detailed plan for the southeast Colorado Springs community to cultivate healthier families and a stronger community and economy. Resident leaders were selected to participate on the Steering Committee and provide guidance and accountability for the plan’s objectives. Since the initial planning proposal, additional members have been added and the coalition now involves 50 partner organizations.
The CommUnity Trailer is stocked with games and sports equipment
RISE currently engages resident leaders in southeast Colorado Springs to foster citizen-led action to enhance five main areas in the community: cultural, social, built, human, and financial capital. This means connecting people to people, connecting people to resources, connecting people to places, connecting people to opportunity, and finally connecting people to potential.
In February 2018, RISE’s efforts and collaboration with multiple community partners resulted in the opening of the Southeast Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Clinic, a development that has been effective in providing easier access to the clinic’s services for residents without reliable transportation. Further, RISE worked with the Trust for Public Land and helped develop a mobile trailer stocked with games and sports equipment that can quickly activate parks throughout the community. RISE has also played a key role in the implementation of the Transforming Safety grant program, which supports community development through small business loans and grant programs.
Recently, southeast Colorado Springs was awarded a $1 million Urban Land Institute Healthy Places grant by The Colorado Health Foundation, to be paid over three years and used primarily to develop a community hub space and heighten the capacity of the Solid Rock Community Development Corporation. Since El Pomar’s initial grant in 2016, the RISE Coalition has been able to leverage more than $3.6 million for the southeast Colorado Springs community.
Vision Statement: Southeast Colorado Springs will be a destination for culture and diversity in our city.
Vision: A vibrant, connected community that provides opportunities for all to thrive.
Mission: Enhancing Southeast Colorado Springs from within through citizen-led change.
The framework of Healthy Community, Healthy Economy and Healthy Family committees has transitioned into five areas of capital with relatable goals. Committees will become task forces/work groups based on purpose of the project. The five areas of capital are as follows:
Cultural Capital – Connecting people
Social Capital – Connecting people to resources
Built Capital – Connecting people to places
Human Capital – Connecting people to opportunity
Financial Capital – Connecting people to potential