RBAC in 2016 “A Snapshot”

Signature Events: A staple of RBAC’s work is done through signature events.  They are used to engage residents and other stakeholders, to share and receive information and to build stewardship and guardianship in the Rainier Beach neighborhood. We will continue these important community building efforts in 2017. Here is a list of those that occurred in 2016

  1. Annual Rainier Beach Town Hall, Date: May 22, 2016, Attendance: 100+
  2. Rainier Beach Back2School Bash, Date: August 20, 2016, Attendance: 900+
  3. Rainier Beach Roaming Town Hall – A Place for Everyone/Transit Justice – Bus Shelters, Date: September 22, 2016, Attendance 30
  4. Rainier Beach Roaming Town Hall – Life Long Learning – Positive Behavioral Intervention Supports (PBIS) and Communities In Action, Date: November 3, 2016, Projected Attendance 75
  5. Rainier Beach Roaming Town Hall – Public Safety – Rainier Beach A Beautiful Safe Place for Youth, Date: December 15, 2016, Projected Attendance 100
  6. 24 Corner Greeters events, Date: Weekly from April 2016 to December 2016, Projected Attendance: 100+

Partners: Partnerships are the key to Rainier Beach realizing its potential.  RBAC has been intentional in forming partnerships to ensure the critical issues impacting Rainier Beach can be addressed effectively and efficiently.  Here is a list of key partners categorized by action area:

  1. A Place for Everyone: Rainier Beach Merchants, Rainier Valley Chamber, Puget Sound Sage, Got Green, Homesight, Rainier Valley Greenways, King County Metro
  2. Life Long Learning: Rainier Beach High School, Rainier Valley Corp, Rainier Beach Community Center (Parks). Southeast Seattle Education Coalition (SESEC), Urban Impact
  3. A Beautiful Safe Place for Youth: Rainier Beach Community Club, Seattle Neighborhood Group, City of Seattle Human Services Department-Seattle Youth Violence Prevention Initiative, King County Boys and Girls Club of King County, Seattle Police Department – South Precinct,
  4. Healthy Food, Healthy Industry: Friends of Rainier Beach Urban Farm and Wetlands, Seattle Tilth, Southeast Effective Development (SEED), Puget Sound Sage, Got Green, ROAR, FEEST

Collaborations: Collaborations are another key element to Rainier Beach being the vibrant neighborhood we aspire for it to be.  These collaborations are targeted to positively impact the lives of Rainier Beach residents and others who work, play, worship, eat and shop in “RB”. You will continue to be updated on these efforts into 2017.

  1. Rainier Beach A Beautiful Safe Place for Youth (RBABSPY)
  2. Southeast Communities Organizing for Regional and Racial Equity (South CORE), Communities of Opportunity (CO)
  3. Rainier Beach Restorative Justice Project (RBRJP)
  4. Rainier Beach Economic Development Committee
  5. Food Innovation District/Center
  6. Priority Hire Community Based Organization
  7. Rainier Beach Emergency Hub, Link2Lake, RSET

SE Seattle FreedomNet: RBAC is committed to changing the perception of the Rainier Beach neighborhood from the inside out.  Our use of social media to contribute to this is a critical part of our work.  This efforts provides information in real time about what is going on in Rainier Beach and it is much more reliable and accurate than outside media. You too can be a citizen journalist and contribute to showing the real deal in RB.  Here is a list of online assets that contribute to a vibrant Rainier Beach.

  1. Rainier Beach News Wire: https://twitter.com/FN_HelpDesk/rainier-beach-news-wire
  2. RBAC Web site: http://www.rbactioncoalition.org/
  3. Download Library: http://www.rbactioncoalition.org/downloads/download-library/
  4. RBAC Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/RainierBeachCoalition
  5. rainierbeach twitter account: https://twitter.com/rainierbeach
  6. RBAC Flickr site: https://www.flickr.com/photos/rbcoalition
  7. SE Seattle FreedomNet Web site: http://www.seseattlefreedomnet.org/
  8. SE Seattle FreedomNet Flickr site: https://www.flickr.com/photos/seseattlefreedomnet
  9. SE Seattle FreedomNet YouTube site: https://www.youtube.com/user/SESeattleFreedomNet
  10. Rainier Beach Economic Development Map: http://www.rbcoalition.org/map-of-economic-development-in-rainier-beach/
  11. Rainier Beach Happenings Magazine: https://flipboard.com/section/rainier-beach-happenings-bGjkyh
  12. 206Rising Video library: https://youtube.com/channel/UCW_kBNLeW1aL6HpSxocEWEw

Capacity Building: With the need to always improve, RBAC has invested in capacity building efforts.  These investments will ensure RBAC can continue to be responsive to the needs that arise organizationally and in the neighborhood.

  1. Non Profit Assistance Center Organizations Development Technical Assistance
  2. Rainier Valley Corps
  3. University of WA Sociology Department Research
  4. Kresge Foundation Fresh/Lo Grant

2017 Focus: Food Innovation Center implementation, Resident Stewardship/Guardianship, SE Seattle FreedomNet Network Expansion, Civic Engagement (particularly youth) Double Down

2016 has been an important year in the evolution of RBAC.  We appreciate your support and interest. We look forward to 2017 with anticipation and excitement. Email us now at rbactioncoalition@gmail.com to get connected.