Flowing Wells Neighborhood Association & Community Coalition

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Flowing Wells Neighborhood Association & Community Coalition

Officers and Board of Directors

Our officers are: President, Kevin Daily; Vice President, Fred Bass; Secretary, George Kuck; Treasurer, Sue Grant

The Board of Directors include the officers and the following people:  Susan Kuck, Tomas Jaimez, and Marie Daily.

The Board of Directors' meetings are held the first Thursday

of the month except June, July, and August. These meetings are held at the Ellie Towne Flowing Wells Community Center, 1660 W. Ruthrauff Road, 6:00 p.m. This is an open meeting and the public is welcome.

The Coalition meetings are held the third Thursday of the month

Our meetings are on the 3rd Thursday of each month – September through May.  We start at 6:00 p.m. with a Potluck Dinner.  Please bring a simple dinner item to share.  Plates, utensils and drinks are provided.  The agenda follows at 6:10 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. Please plan to attend and bring a neighbor.

 About our association

The Coalition History ........

In 1995, community residents concerned about safety and quality of life, joined together to form the Flowing Wells Neighborhood Association and Community Coalition (FWNACC).

Initially, FWNACC activities included installing streetlights, reducing street flooding and closing drug-houses. Much of the initial phase centered around graffiti abatement. In 2000, the FWNACC partnered with several organizations to develop and implement a 5-year Neighborhood Revitalization Strategy Plan (NRSP) that addresses many of the critical issues currently facing our community. In 2001, this plan was approved by the HUD and the Board of Supervisors.  In 2006 and 2011, the plan was extended for another 5 years.

This area is boarded on the north by the Rillito River to W. Roger Road and N. Fairview Avenue to I-10. Since 1999 the FWNACC along with partners has brought $23,003,900 in goods and services to our community. These projects include the development of two parks, a community center, a library, a health center, a new Women’s, Infants, and Children (WIC) Center, the Pima County I'm Home housing project, the development of the Flowing Wells Business Corridor, etc.

The FWNACC has been active in public art for our community. We have fostered artist's work which depicts the history of the community. We want to reflect the cotton and orchard acreage as well as the cattle ranching. We have been instrumental in documenting the history of the area so that we can accurately determine the location of the Jaynes Station stage coach stop.

During 2002-2003, the FWNACC organized and completed a major clean-up of the revitalization area. The 3.1 square miles were broken down into a manageable 28 sections which encompassed 166 to 225 homes each. The project included 19 different partners, 291 volunteers with a total of 1,715 hours of service to remove a total of 216 tons of trash. This was the first step towards bringing pride back to the neighborhood. We had a wonderful outpouring of assistance. There were many elderly neighbors that received assistance so that they could also participate. This program was such a success, we have shown other neighborhoods how to organize an event such as this.

The FWNACC was instrumental in the formation of the Flowing Wells Community Justice Board. Those who have been convicted of minor offenses can be adjudicated by the peers of their community. Mandated community service work can be completed within our own neighborhood.

We have been successful in establishing infrastructure such as drainage, traffic signal, street lights, sidewalks, etc. We have also published two resource guides with information specific for our neighborhood.

For years we held numberous yard sales to support our efforts. Recently we have received yearly Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) of $5,000 to cover our expenses (registration fees for education and training purposes, office supplies and insurance) as well as $10,000 for a revitalization coordinator who is utilized mostly for grant writing purposes.  Since 2010, we have not applied for the $10,000 grant, but we are considering it again to assist with doing an updated NRSP in 2017 .  We are truly a grassroots organization with a small budget but big plans. Many of the large projects are in the implementation stage.

The FWNACC initiated the Laguna Elementary School Public Art and funded the project. We have attended the DES poverty workgroup. We have partnered with Pima Community College on the Education for Economic Empowerment project. This program supports single parents who are head of the household. We have been a strong partner with the Northwest Fire District in obtaining funds to secure hydrants and smoke detectors.

FWNACC was an instrumental partner in establishing the organized events for Laguna and Homer Davis Elementary Schools for the Safe Routes to School Program. These schools have the highest number of walking students primarily because of family transportation issues. The FWNACC was instrumental in the formation of the Homeless Protocol used countywide. We were also a participant in the home auto repair ordinance, as well as a member of the task force dealing with abandoned properties.

We welcomed two new businesses into our revitalization area – Hughes Federal Credit Union and Wal-Mart Neighborhood Market and Pharmacy.

The FWNACC is in strong partnership with the local school district, 18 local governmental departments, businesses and 7 social service and faith-based entities. These partnerships have primarily allowed the FWNACC to procure over $50 million to complete community-identified projects.

The Flowing Wells community has just hit the tipping point of synergy. We have worked hard for over 21 years to make a real difference in the quality of life of our residents. We are just now seeing the fruits of our labor.

We invite you to attend our monthly meetings.  

 

 

 

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