When our focus shifted, we were met with opportunities to develop coordinated services and supports through multiple partnerships and collaborations to support families efficiently and effectively. This includes a collaboration of 15 Black-led organizations, known now as Dane County Collaboration of Black Service Providers ("DCCBSP" or the "Collaboration"), which is composed of small, grassroots to mid-sized community-based organizations that have been mobilizing since early March to meet the needs of those most affected by COVID-19. The collaboration was awarded $200,000 from the United Way of Dane County's COVID-19 Relief Fund, and is managed by the lead-applicant, Brandi Grayson, founder and CEO of Urban Triage, Inc. and Karen Reece, Vice President of Nehemiah Community Development Corporation. DCCBSP represents an unprecedented partnership to mobilize a coordinated efforts aimed at mitigating and minimizing the health, economic, and social impacts of the current crisis on communities of color.
“Our organizations have spent years building trust within Black communities and within systems and are deeply rooted in the communities we serve,” says Grayson. “The collaboration has created a people-centered process by providing a coordinated rapid response to immediate needs.”
Each of the 15 organizations has been inundated with urgent requests for assistance that far exceed their individual capacities. The funds will be divided evenly among each organization to serve individuals and families in their areas of expertise. The collaborative will connect individuals and families directly to organizations that can best meet their needs as well as coordinate to provide wrap-around services efficiently.
“Never has this collaboration been more important as the communities we collectively serve absorb the health and economic shock of the COVID-19 pandemic”, said Foundation for Black Women’s Wellness CEO and President Lisa Peyton-Caire. “These dollars are enabling us to alleviate the mounting stress individuals and families are facing right now, and as we urge our local and state leadership to devise recovery efforts that center equity and build resilience for all Wisconsin citizens.”
The organizations represented in the Collaboration include:
- Urban Triage, Inc.
- Nehemiah Community Development Corporation
- Foundation for Black Women’s Wellness
- FOSTER of Dane County
- Freedom Inc.
- Harambee Village Doulas
- Healing Our Hearts
- The House Urban Arts Initiative
- Madison Alliance of Black Economic Empowerment
- Mentoring Positives
- Neighborhood Connectors
- Peace Network
- Sherman Avenue United Methodist Church
- Unique Madness Social Club
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