We donate our time, resources and funds to those who are less fortunate than others. Our program, "Sharing on Wheels" caters to the lives of the homeless in little ways by providing them with toiletries, blankets, socks, tee-shirts, gloves, scarves, thermos bottles/containers and other personal hygiene items (i.e., soap, towels, toothbrush, and toothpaste).Volunteer for this Event
S.A.G.A. Empowerment Services Coalition, NFP (SAGAesc) is transitioning to support Healthy Choices Initiatives. This direction allows SAGAesc to advocate, educate and provide healthy choice awareness and resources in underserved communities.
SAGAesc, is a Illinois registered 501c3 not for profit organization, established November 01, 2004.
Reducing vacancies, engaging absentee landlords/ property owners to help reduce blight and create healthier homes and communities were topics discussed at the Housing and Community Development's On the Table. Another topic was harvesting vacant land to eliminate food deserts with locally grown food while creating jobs.
Organic food can be grown on village or land bank vacant lots using organic and/or aquaponics/ hydroponics farming methods to provide locally grown produce and fish as well as jobs for Southland residents. The food can then be sold at pop-up farmer markets or corner stores.
SSMMA's On the Table luncheon took place May 10 at the East Hazel Crest offices. A second event, Mayors for Manufacturing, was held at Prairie State College in conjunction with Cook County and the Technology & Manufacturing Association (read more about it here). On the Table is an annual forum, founded by the Chicago Community Trust, designed to elevate civic conversation, foster new relationships and create a unifying experience across the region. This year, CCT added a $1,000 competition, "Acting Up," to help ensure creative and actionable ideas come into fruition.
If SSMMA and our sister organization--the South Suburban Land Bank and Development Authorit--are selected, we would use the $1,000 to fund a symposium to identify and partner with public-private partnership organizations to acquire land, develop aquaponics/hydroponic farms and/or greenhouses. The goal would be building educational programs, eliminating food deserts, boosting workforce development and increasing opportunities for healthier and sustainable communities.
Photo and article credit (more photos can be viewed here also): http://ssmma.org/healthier-people-and-communities-were-on-the-table-at-ssmma/
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S.A.G.A. Empowerment Services Coalition, NFP (SAGAesc) is transitioning to support Healthy Initiatives. Our definition of Healthy Initiatives was derived through the eyes of one of our founders, CEO Dawn Haley and seeing a disparity of healthy options in underserved food dessert communities. She has advocated for healthy lifestyles through her practice of healthy choices. For many years Dawn and her husband Fred Haley have been involved in a broad array of marathons, bike-a-thons and other rigors physical activities that require mental and physical preparedness. This preparedness requires a good understanding of one's body and its needs. Recently Dawn began a strict organic juice therapy to overcome a life threatening disease, cancer which was unconceivable to her doctors. However strapped in her strong faith in God and change in diet, she's fighting the disease with rigor and ready to share how important nutrition is to the body. This journey encouraged everyone in her circle to become even more aware of the impact of what we put in our body directly affects our health, mind and soul. (Read Dawn's full story.)
SAGAesc, is a Illinois registered 501c3 not for profit organization since November 01, 2004.
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