Neighborhood Exchange Presents: The 3rd Annual Power of One Dedicated Woman

by | Thursday, June 22, 2017 | Featured, News

On June 20, 2017, Neighborhood Exchange hosted its third annual The Power of One Dedicated Woman ceremony at the Stroh River Place Atrium.

The Power of One Dedicated Woman is an event honoring unsung women changing Detroit neighborhoods. Now in its third year, this annual event honors six neighborhood leaders volunteering on the frontlines of community development – from neighborhood board ups, community gardening, and citizen safety patrols – these women are the driving force behind Detroit’s revitalization.

The event was brought to MCR and co-founded by Dotti Sharp, Board Chair of Covenant Community Care.

“There is always recognition for women at a professional level, but I had not heard of an event for women who work in their community because they love Detroit and want to see it sparkle as the jewel that it is,” Dotti said. “These women do not seek attention, but they are known for their work in the community.”

Dotti wanted to shine a light on this work to recognize the women who lead in their neighborhoods, inspire others to give back, and connect more people to MCR’s Neighborhood Exchange Network.

“The Neighborhood Exchange Network is a platform that connects community groups to resources, news, and a peer network so that people can give back and give together,” Shamyle Dobbs, MCR’s Chief Program Officer, said.

Our 2017 honorees embody the spirit of Neighborhood Exchange in everything they do. These women are challenging the status quo and improving the quality of life in their neighborhoods day in and day out. They exemplify the innovation and resourcefulness of countless Detroit residents and community organizations that Neighborhood Exchange seeks to elevate and support.

We are thrilled to introduce our honorees, as described by those who nominated them:

Sonia Renia Brown – Auntie Na’s House

“Auntie Na has opened her house to any and all of those who stand in need to come in and feel like they’re at home. She provides home-cooked meals to children and adults passing by, arranges free clothing on a lot off of Elmhurst, provides over a dozen food boxes to neighbors each week, and organizes free tutoring services for over a dozen children every day.” -Aaron Appel

Deysi Martinez – Living Arts

“To my knowledge, Deysi has personally invited more current students to our programs than any other parent. Put simply, Living Arts Out-of-School Arts programs would not be where they are today without Deysi Martinez.” -Zack Bissell

Aleasa Peatross-Smith

“This is an amazing women that will not let nothing hold her back from caring for her community and giving food and time to those that are in need. In the mist of Aleasa’s health issues, she still has a heart of giving back to her community like nothing has ever happened.” -Jacqueline Conley

Sandra Pickens – Littlefield Community Association

“She has quietly transformed an area of the City of Detroit surrounding Noble Elementary School. She for the last 10 years has quietly with strength and determination fought to bring back to this area dignity.” -Rev Cynthia Lowe

Dell Stubblefield – Focus:HOPE

“Dell has worked diligently to engage community members by encouraging them to become active and involved locally and informed regarding critical issues affecting the community –to do so, she has walked every one of the HOPE Village’s 107 blocks hundreds of times.” -Stephanie Johnson-Cobb

Mary Jo Smith – University District Radio Patrol

“As a result of Ms. Smith’s leadership efforts and the commitment of her fellow volunteers, University District residents enjoy one of the lowest crime rates in the city.” -Mary Leonard

Congratulations to all our nominees: Margaret Agee, Diane Allen, Linda Campbell, LaDon Davis, Phyllis Edwards, Nicole Fisher, Raquel Garcia-Anderson, Willie Mae Gaskin, Jackie Grant, Sonja Hill, Janie Hubbard, Latisha Johnson, Wendy Little, Tina Parkman, Susan Patton, Velma Postell, Joan Ross, Marcia Ross George, Ethel Thomas, Sandra Turner Handy, Nancy Varner, Pamela Weinstein

We encourage you to use Neighborhood Exchange to connect with each of these women to hear their stories, thank them for their efforts, and support their work.

Any amount counts! Support Detroit’s grassroots leaders and create opportunities for leadership development and capacity building by making a donation today.

Contact Amanda Eisbrenner, Development & Communications Manager, at [email protected] or 313-969-7039 for more information about corporate partnership and sponsorship opportunities.

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