A $15,000 grant to Alberta Main Street from the William G. Gilmore Fund of the Oregon Community Foundation will expand the organization’s capacity to address issues related to equity, diversity, and inclusion on and around Northeast Alberta Street, according to Sara Wittenberg, executive director.
Alberta Main Street is a nonprofit community and economic development organization, engaging residents, small businesses and commercial property owners to seek community-based solutions to challenges by leveraging the resources within the community to develop the street as a vibrant, creative, equitable, and sustainable commercial district serving residents and visitors to our community.
Wittenberg said the funding will be used to hire a part-time equity and engagement coordinator to lead efforts and activities to grow a diverse leadership and volunteer base, conduct outreach, and expand social and economic opportunities for underserved stakeholders.
Alberta Main Street board president James Armstrong said, “This is critical funding for us…not all long-time and minority residents, business and property owners have benefited from the overall improvements seen within the district.” This grant will expand our organizational capacity and help ensure that our efforts reach the entire community, Armstrong added.
The organization is also accepting contributions to fully fund the Equitable Alberta Street project. Further information is available on albertamainst.org.