Founded in April 2010, Grace Klein Community exists as an educational & charitable 501(c)3 nonprofit
providing relief to the poor, the distressed & the underprivileged, lessening community tensions, eliminating prejudice & discrimination, and combating community deterioration & juvenile delinquency. Our mission is to create authentic community by uniting individuals, businesses, ministries, and churches to work together to meet physical and spiritual needs both locally and globally, allowing us to show people that they are deeply valued and that we all have something to give.
Who does your organization benefit/serve?
We serve individuals and families in need in the Birmingham area, providing food, clothing, furniture, home repairs, emergency assistance, to build long term relationships, a key factor in alleviating poverty. Our volunteers serve over 230 families, assisting over 900 people monthly. All visits take place in homes of food recipients providing us firsthand knowledge of their situations. Volunteers assess needs & help develop long term solutions. The need is growing.
What makes your organization unique?
More than 1 in 4 children in Alabama come from families that experience food hardships according to Luther Strange, Alabama Attorney General. The American Academy of Pediatrics recently released a policy statement dated April 2016, entitled, “Poverty and Child Health in the United States” identifying that almost half of children in the US live at or near poverty. The article also stresses the importance of home visits and employing strategies to help both the parents and children (2-generation strategy).
We believe that our food distributions, completely based on volunteer and recipient relationships, set us apart from other programs. Our intention is to build long term relationships that cross racial, social, and economic barriers, sharing our lives with one another and gaining trust in meaningful friendships. The depth of involvement allows volunteers and recipients to broach difficult topics such as using SNAP resources most effectively while many reside in “food deserts” with inadequate transport, helping with life skills that were not taught from prior generations (ie. FlipSide articles written by such volunteers who are trained dietitians or nurses), learning job skills and securing job placement, and developing community strategy to involve other friends in sharing sweat equity to care for their homes. Life coaching is most effective when bot parties hold a mutual trust for one another.
Tell us why your organization deserves to win Uptick’s Marketing Magic City Makeover Competition!
As a small organization who operates in donated workspace, we value every dollar that is raised as a resource to assist others.
By maximizing our resources, we can make a big impact on the city of Birmingham. One of the downsides of being so small and so constrained by our budget, is that we are unable to hire a professional to assist us with getting our message out. By winning the Magic City Makeover, we would have the Uptick experts on our side allowing us to raise awareness for what we do in the community, as well as secure new volunteers and donors, which would ultimately lead to us making a greater impact on the world around us. As an organization, we are implementing what Mother Theresa said, “I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples.”
They Need Your Vote!
Remember to vote for Grace Klein Community via social media from May 19 – 27. Simply visit the Uptick Marketing Facebook page, find the post about Grace Klein Community and then like, comment, and share it!