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|About||The work of the Fund is designed to empower constituents to voice their concerns about improving their circumstances, identify needs that should be addressed, both short term and long term, and create forums to discuss emerging issues.|
|Mission||Since 1982, The mission of the African American United Fund (AAUF) is to improve the quality of life for the disadvantaged, to contribute to the social and economic stability of the African American community, and to encourage cooperation with other organizations within the area that have similar goals.|
-African Marketplace Health and Wellness
Held during the summer and at the close of the year, the purpose of the African Marketplace is to stimulate business development and job creation by providing vendors with space to sell products and services. The program also produces health fairs that focus on preventable illnesses such as heart disease, hypertension and diabetes.
Through our incubator space, the Fund provides reduced rent to organizations so they can focus funding on their programs. Organizations that receive support are…
Fraternal Order of Housing Police Frankford Health System Grands As Parents International Caucus of Women of the African Diaspora Neighborhood Leader One World Bar, IT services
St. Gabriel’s System Conflict Resolution program Uptown Entertainment & Development Corporation X-Offenders for Community Empowerment
-Civic Engagement in the 21st Century
Civic Engagement Forums offer opportunities for everyday citizens to actively participate in making elected officials accountable for their campaign promises and position papers offering remedies to improve our city, state and nation. These election promises must be matched with program implementation that addresses the political, social and economic realities of African Americans. Creating dialogue with those that can legislate programs and policies that address the political, social and economic issues affecting our community is one way to begin this process. Our forums are held twice a year prior to Primary and General Elections.
-Urban Garden Initiative - New
This project began in April 2009 by removing debris dumped on a lot at 2229 N. Broad. The staff and board attended the Horticultural Society’s Garden Tenders program, hosted a health and wellness fair and conducted a farmers market. We planted our garden in the spring of 2010 and are fundraising to build additional raised beds to plant edible items to offer fresh produce to residents in an area th
Successfully renovated 5 properties in the 2200 block of N. Broad Street in 1996
Conducted & participated in community clean ups sponsored by Avenue of the Arts, Inc.
Between 2007 and 2008 held five voter education forums with mayoral, judicial, city council, state representatives and congressional candidates
Began Health and Wellness program focused on African American men’s health issues
Kicked off our Urban Garden Initiative in April 2009 during the Philly Spring Clean Up. Conducted four additional clean ups since April 2009
Built Community Garden in May 2010
Conducted monthly clean ups from April to August
Created Garden to Plate Saturday cooking class to teach youth about healthy eating habits
|Products||AAUF has recently successfully partnered with the following organizations: Alliance of Black Social Workers, Club Valiants, Inc., DNA Connect, Grands As Parents, International Caucus of Women of the African Diaspora, Institute for the Development of African American Youth, Men United for a Better Philadelphia, Philadelphia Doll Musuem, Uptown Entertainment & Development Corporation and X-Offenders for Community Empowerment. Over the past two years, AAUF formed a partnership with Urban Design Studio to create landscaping and architectural drawings to create a sustainably built, raised bed garden to grow fresh produce and to be used as a demonstration model for residential gardens, Temple University to provide volunteers, McDonald’s to provide refreshments and Blues Babe Foundation to assist in organizing volunteers.|