Posadas in the Park is an interactive, community event where American and Latino Christmas traditions intersect in pursuit of unity in the East Lake community. Seeking activities that initiate and heal community relationships, ELLA (East Lake Language and Arts) decided: what’s better than to celebrate together? The event, in partnership with East Lake Neighborhood Association, OPEN East Lake, and East Lake Community PTA, includes a neighborhood potluck, a Christmas song sing-along, and a gingerbread house project. A Christmas party for the whole neighborhood, Posadas in the Park is an evening where families of all colors and backgrounds can come together, eat good food and celebrate the holiday season.
The Soddy Daisy Food Bank has been serving Northern Hamilton County's population since 1989. Through providing nutrient dense fruits and vegetables, the Food Bank is working to improve the overall health of both individuals and the whole community. The Food Bank raised money to purchase and distribute 1,700 pounds of fresh produce each week to prevent food insecurity and chronic health problems for their growing number of elderly residents. Along with the food parcels, the Food Bank also provided healthy recipes so their clients could easily incorporate the foods into their daily routine.
During the week of Thanksgiving, Causeway shut down the block between Miller Park and Miller Plaza for a city-wide Thanksgiving potluck lunch in the middle of Martin Luther King Boulevard. No fee, no expectations and no agenda, just an open invitation for neighbors to get to know each other and to give thanks for this city, together. Causeway was founded with a vision to make Chattanooga the most collaborative city in the country, where people of all backgrounds naturally come together to find meaningful solutions to our community’s most pressing challenges. One Table brought Chattanoogans together over a shared meal in a common space to represent the wonderful city in which we live.
Project Leaders: Causeway
The Community Cafe connects Chattanoogans to nutritious, affordable food, to job skills, and to each other through a pay-what-you-can cafe. In this day in age people are so focused on the business of life. Healthy eating options that don't break the bank are so few and far between that many times we miss out on a chance to stop and share a meal with people. Open Table Cafe is seeking to provide a place of community where Chattanoogans can come together and share a meal that is affordable and healthy for all. The cafe employs a “pay-what-you-can” policy to provide seasonal, nutritious meals and a space for people of all walks of life to build community once a month.
Project Leaders: Ella Sanders, Elizabeth Ayers and Shelby Denton
Winner of Causeway Challenge I in 2014 that asked “How can we make Chattanooga a more connected city?"
Graduated from Co.Starters in 2014
Quality food access is limited in urban Chattanooga. Khristy Wilkinson proposed to create the Highland Park Commons Market, a farmer’s market that would take place in a “food desert” neighborhood. The market would serve to connect people with the local food ecosystem through community events promoting sustainable living, developing a community garden, and creating affordable access to local produce.
Graduated Summer 2014
In partnership with the Chattanooga Community Kitchen, Tracy Hightower and Star Warren raised $1,500 to provide Christmas packages to the city’s homeless population. In all, 450 packages were distributed containing personal hygiene items such as toothbrushes, soap, and deodorant. Having control over one’s own cleanliness is a dignifying privilege that is not always afforded to a homeless person. Over 50 volunteers pitched in to offer this simple but powerful Christmas gesture in 2013.
Project Leaders: Tracy Hightower and Star Warren