Organizations Funded 2017-2018

Here are the organizations that were granted funds for 2017-2018. Click on the links to be directed to the organizations' websites and learn more about them and how you can get involved!

CCHD Grantees

City Greens Market provides fresh, quality, and affordable produce, to promote healthy living, and provide a space for neighbors to interact. The organization focuses on both community and economic development by supporting a healthier community and also providing a steady job for their low-income farmers with a guaranteed year of sales.

Closing the School to Prison Pipeline: Shut it Down focuses on fighting institutional and structural racial bias that is evident in the over-representation of African American children in referrals to the family court and school suspensions. The iniative works with seven pilot elementary schools in the St. Louis Public School system, altering disciplinary policies to instead use restorative practices.

The Coalition for Truth in Independence (CTI) is an umbrella organization for several groups which advocate for the rights of the those with disabilities in the St. Louis area. CTI works on systematic change to ensure that people experiencing disabilities are treated fairly and have access to the resources to enable them to thrive in the most integrated setting. Regional organizers for South City, Maplewood, South County, University City, and North County work within each of these communities to impact individual municipalities as well as join together to work on larger issues.

Latinos en Axión is a grassroots organization created by and for Latino immigrants. LEA works to address issues such as racial profiling on the local level, punitive state-level immigration bills, and comprehensive immigration reform at the national level. Additionally, LEA provides Know Your Rights training and education sessions on Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals and Deferred Action for Parents of Americans.

LinkSTL and its Hyde Park Opportunity project connect residents of the Hyde Park community to the neighborhood through collaboration, advocacy, engagement, evaluation, and fun. Fifty percent of those within the community live below the poverty level, and the objective of the Hyde Park Opportunity is to connect residents to resources including second chance banking, financial education and coaching, quality housing, and small business development assistance.

Metropolitan Congregations United is an interdemonational, multi-racial community organization of religious congregations in the St. Louis metropolitan region. MCU works to dismantle systemic racism in our region, creating lasting institutional change in a variety of ways which align with Catholic social teaching. Currently, they are devoted to a voter engagement strategy and to its "Break the Pipeline" campaign which addresses school, policing, and juvenile justice systems contributing to the criminalization of young people of color.

Midtown Men's Club strives to be a catalyst for change by identifying ways in which the men who live around the Midtown Center can build community and address issues such as violence, unemployment and underemployment, and family crisis. The Men's Group gives voice to the community needs and tackles neighborhood concerns by performing community service, mentoring troubled youth, and meeting with alderman to discuss the needs of the neighborhoods. 

The Social Action and Virtue Education (SAVE) Foundation promotes transformative education through virtue literacy and restorative practices as a way to empower communities in poverty. The foundation is run out of Holy Trinity Catholic School and serves the communities of St. Ann, Florissant, Ferguson, and Overland. They provide Catholic virtue based restorative discipline education for schools and communities.

Voices of Women is a community development corporation designed to unite women so that their voices are heard. They host Women in Leadership training, maintain the City Greens Community Garden, and offer micro-loans and micro-savings accounts for both adults and children.