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Douglas Foundation

P.O. Box 16922
Columbus, OH 43216

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Douglas Foundation

Established and registered in the State of Ohio in 2018 as a non-profit organization incorporated, The Bronzeville Development Corporation (BDC), is a subisdiary of The Douglas Foundation International, with a mission to eliminate "food deserts" and to improve the Health and Wellness of residents, through the support of community gardening, and to engage in activities that promote Youth initiatives that focus on nutrition, health awareness, energy conservation, as well as Economic Development, targeting families in the Bronzeville Community, a historically African American neighborhood just east of Downtown, in Columbus, Ohio.

Our goal is to establish a network of self-sustainable containerized greenhouse agricultural systems, using innovative technologies to grow organic herbs and vegetable seedlings year-round and to create an environmentally friendly compost farm, to serve as a Green Supply Chain source for urban and at home gardening.

This 501(c)(3) non-profit organization will seek grass-roots support from neighborhood leaders and collaboration, partnership and strategic alliances with other local organizations, Civic Groups, Colleges and Universities, Private Foundations, Corporations, Local, State and Federal Government Agencies and other Near East Side stakeholders to achieve these goals.


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KDEV: King-Lincoln Walking History Tour

KDEV: King-Lincoln Walking History Tour

Learn about a historic African-American neighborhood

Date: October 22 | Time: 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Venue: Long Street Bridge

Address:
639 E Long St
Columbus, OH 43215

Details:

The King-Lincoln Bronzeville District is a historically African-American area just east of Downtown Columbus. Dating back to the 1920's, this neighborhood was the heart of a thriving African-American business and entertainment district. Currently, it is home to the Lincoln Theater, Columbus Urban League, the King Arts Complex, and the Douglass Foundation. The Douglas Foundation is committed to making sure young people, elderly residents, and single-parent families in Bronzeville are not left behind. Their community garden projects are aimed at improving the beauty of the community, providing healthy, sustainable food sources.

 

Join Besa and the Douglas Foundation to learn about a historic African-American neighborhood. Your team will be guided on a 1-hour walking history and culture tour of the King-Lincoln Bronzeville neighborhood led by local historian Julialynne Walker. After the tour, you also have the opportunity to volunteer at a local Bronzeville community garden. Click here to learn more about the volunteer event and sign up! 

 

The health and safety of volunteers is a priority. If you are sick, over the age of 50, or have a chronic health condition, it is in your best interest to stay home. Click here for more information about COVID-19. 

 

  • The tour will start at the Long Street Bridge. Please meet us at the corner of Long St and Willow St. 
  • You are required to bring your own mask, Besa will not be providing any. 
  • Please dress for the weather and in comfortable clothes and shoes. 
  • For instances of inclement weather, Besa will inform volunteers of any cancellation via email at least 1 hour prior to the event.
  • Street parking is available. Please read all the street signs carefully!
  • The tour is ADA accessible. 
  • Court-appointed volunteering: At this time, we can not accept court-appointed requests.

 

Click here for more information about the Douglas Foundation and the amazing work they do. You can learn more about the historic King-Lincoln Bronzeville area here.

 

 

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KDEV: Beautify an Urban Garden in  Bronzeville

KDEV: Beautify an Urban Garden in Bronzeville

Support the Bronzeville Community

Date: October 22 | Time: 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Venue: Bethany Bronzeville Community Garden

Address:
206 N. Garfield
Columbus, OH 43203

Details:

Bronzeville is a historically African American neighborhood just east of Downtown Columbus. As more people want to live closer to downtown, the neighborhood is undergoing a revival. The Douglas Foundation is committed to making sure young people, elderly residents, and single-parent families in Bronzeville are not left behind. Their community garden projects are aimed at improving the beauty of the community, providing healthy, sustainable food sources.

 

Join Besa and the Douglas Foundation to lay the ground to turn an empty lot into a new community garden. As volunteers, your team will prepare a site for a new community garden sponsored by the Douglas Foundation and the Bronzeville Development Corporation. Activities may include: weeding, installing signage, creating butterfly feeding stations, general beautification, and more. All tools are provided.

 

Prior to the volunteer event, you also have the opportunity to join a 1-hour walking history and culture tour of the King-Lincoln Bronzeville neighborhood led by local historian Julialynne Walker. Click here to learn more about the event and sign up! 

 

Gardening gloves will be provided and we'll also practice social distancing. No client interaction will take place during this volunteer event. Volunteers are required to bring their own mask, as Besa will not be providing any. If you have your own gloves, face mask and/or hand sanitizer please feel free to bring it/use your own. 

 

The health and safety of volunteers is a priority. If you are sick, over the age of 50, or have a chronic health condition, it is in your best interest to stay home. Click here for more information about COVID-19. 

 

  • A lead volunteer from the Douglas Foundation will be on-site to provide orientation and training.
  • The garden is located in the Bronzeville community. Parking is available on-site.
  • Dress for the weather in comfortable clothes that can get dirty.
  • Wear sturdy, closed-toe shoes.
  • If you have a KDEV t-shirt, please wear it for photographs.
  • Volunteers are encouraged to bring sunscreen and a bottle of water since you will be outdoors.
  • For instances of inclement weather, Besa will inform volunteers of any cancellation via email at least 1 hour prior to the event.
  • Parking Info: parking is available on-site.
  • This event is ADA accessible. 

 

Click here for more information about the Douglas Foundation and the amazing work they do. You can learn more about the historic King-Lincoln Bronzeville area here.

 

 

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