Rainier Beach Action Coalition (RBAC) is a result of a merger, in 2015, between Rainier Beach Community Empowerment Coalition (RBCEC) and Rainier Beach Moving Forward (RBMF) out of a desire to increase capacity for the neighborhood.
RBCEC since 2003 has evolved from operating two annual signature events and conducting monthly issue oriented meetings (Action Team Meetings) to an organization that provides a conduit for resources as a fiscal agent in support of neighborhood groups projects and civic engagement. Also providing opportunities for young people from the Rainier Beach neighborhood through paid stipend and civic engagement.
RBCEC continues to operate two annual signature events (Rainier Beach Back2School Bash, Rainier Beach Town Hall Meetings) and a suite of online assets (two websites, two Facebook pages, e-newsletter and neighborhood newswire) and a equipment loan library (4 IPads, 2 Digital Cameras, IMac and 1 Projector).
RBMF transitioned from a City of Seattle run process (as a Neighborhood Advisory Committee with monthly work session and quarterly public open houses), toward a 2-pronged strategy with monthly Steering Committee Meetings and rotating monthly Action Team Meetings for each of the 4 Neighborhood Plan Action Areas: A Place for Everyone, Lifelong Learning. Growing Food to Develop Healthy Industry, and A Beautiful Safe Place. RBMF has from its inception been responding to a high demand of interest in the Rainier Beach neighborhood on the part of City departments and other community building organizations.
RBAC is a grass roots community development action coalition devoted to implementing community responsive renewal and development, focusing specifically on the implementation of the 2012 Rainier Beach Neighborhood Plan Update.