Community Wise

Kathy Merchant

The sum of many efforts

By Kathy Merchant
President/CEO, The Greater Cincinnati Foundation

Transformation of Covington's neighborhoods is advancing at a rapid pace! Just 15 years ago, only a few community organizations toiled in the trenches to slow neighborhood decline – even as the riverfront was being successfully developed in Covington and Newport. Last month we took some GCF donors to see Covington's revitalization, starting at the Center for Great Neighborhoods where community developers... More[+]


Celeb chef stirs excitement at healthy food hub

Until recently, West Harlem was a NYC community with few healthy food options for low-income residents. But that changed this month with the opening of the West Harlem Community Healthy Food Hub. Celebrity chef Marcus Samuelsson was on hand for a cooking demonstration alongside funder Laurie M. Tisch. West Harlem Group Assistance, a longtime LISC NYC partner, manages the site that provides a range of services including a client choice pantry, food stamp enrollment, nutritional counseling, and cooking classes. It’s all part of LISC’s place-based initiative funded by the Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund to address issues of diet-related diseases, poverty, and unemployment. More[+]...

All aboard for the Green Line

Little Mekong

When a city develops new public transit stops, communities along the line are all too often displaced and dismissed. But, not in the Twin Cities, where LISC is working with community groups and city leaders to ensure that the benefits of the new Green Line are shared by all. Built on a decade of strong planning, the redevelopment effort is bringing in new affordable housing, businesses and jobs while preserving the diversity and culture of nearby neighborhoods. More[+]...

It's now a little easier to make it in Peoria

Peoria FOC opening

LISC CEO Michael Rubinger joined Michele Sullivan, the president of the Caterpillar Foundation, to celebrate the opening of Peoria's first Financial Opportunity Center (FOC). In Peoria and at more than 70 other sites nationwide, LISC's network of FOCs use proven tools to help low-income families manage their finances, find better jobs, build credit and improve their net worth. More[+]...