Common Good Initiative
The Common Good Initiative, launched in 2014 by Allegany Franciscan Ministries, is designed to mobilize communities towards better health and wellness through community engagement, a long-term commitment of resources, and increased collaboration of residents and stakeholders. Allegany Franciscan Ministries has committed a significant amount of capital – human, financial, social, and spiritual – to the initiative. With leadership and guidance from local Councils for the Common Good, we are working with community residents and stakeholders to create opportunities, develop strategies and make investments that lead to positive health outcomes for people in three underserved Florida communities.
The three Common Good communities are Overtown, Wimauma, and Lincoln Park. Discover what is being accomplished in each of the communities by following the links below.
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Overtown Common Good Initiative
The neighborhood known as Overtown once a thriving middle class community now faces high levels of poverty and unemployment. The Common Good Initiative focuses on the following priorities:
- Access to high quality employment
- Accessible, affordable, high quality youth development opportunities
- Community voices inform policies and decisions
Lincoln Park Common Good Initiative
Lincoln Park, in northwest Fort Pierce, is a community with cultural heritage and assets but unfortunately faced with a high percentage of residents living below the poverty level and affected by gun violence. The community’s priorities are:
- Quality jobs and livable wages
- Safe and healthy neighborhoods
Wimauma Common Good Initiative
Wimauma is a changing agricultural community in southeast Hillsborough County. During the growing season the community experiences an influx of migrant farmworkers. The community is challenged with 40% of its residents living below the poverty level. The community identified priorities for Wimauma are:
- Options for youth during out of school time
- Economic opportunities