The Community Board Project
Building partnerships with local community groups and projects is an important part of our mission at Q Gardens. Accordingly, in 2019 in collaboration with the local project Building Blocks led by Design for Agency, garden friends created a physical space to advance these partnerships: a honeycomb tree guard that features a community board sign in English, Haitian Kreyole, and Spanish.
Every few months, the sign will showcase the work of a local group that is addressing social and/or environmental issues in our neighborhoods. And, Q Gardens and the featured group will pool resources for a community event or action.
We look forward to learning more about the work people are doing in the area to build and support community. For more information about our project or to suggest a partnership, please write to QGCBoard[at]gmail.com.
Local Groups Featured on the QG Community Board
July 2019 – Neighbors in Action. Originating in Crown Heights and now expanded into Central Brooklyn, this group is dedicated to mediation and healing, nonviolence practice aimed at improving intergroup relations, addressing interpersonal disputes, and building the capacity of residents to solve their own problems. Upcoming coming events this summer include free legal aid open hours and support groups for survivors of violence. The organization also has a Neighborhood Services group that offers everything from resume building to tax assistance and help with housing.
Oct. 2019 – Caribbean Women’s Health Association (CWHA). This advocacy and service organization takes a holistic approach to community health, offering assistance in applying for low cost or no cost health insurance and food stamps, free HIV testing, new mom educational workshops, and legal counsel for immigration cases. Monthly events include immigrant rights workshops and breastfeeding and safe sleep workshops. Check out there full calendar here.
Jan. 2020 – FlatbushXR, a neighborhood chapter of Extinction Rebellion (XR). XR is a global environmental movement that uses nonviolent civil disobedience to compel government action against the climate crisis. XR works to preserve our planet for future generations and address the inequalities that have both caused and resulted from climate change. During the early spring of 2020, when New York City was hit hardest by the COVID-19 pandemic, FlatbushXR provided virtual actions and discussion and actions aimed at advancing climate justice.
March 2020 put a temporary stop to our actively partnering with area community-based organizations. With the rise of mutual aid groups and new social initiatives in our neighborhood, rather than partner with organizations one at a time, we have decided to put the community board to use to amplify the work of this emerging network around common themes such as get out the vote, tenant rights, food access, and more. If you work for a community project or organization and there is anything you would like to post on the board, please write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We look forward to hearing from you!