All throughout our country, countless low-income people routinely come together to implement their own solutions to the problems we all care about, whether it be job creation, accessing better educational opportunities, or improving the health of their loved ones. They don’t wait for policy makers, service agencies, or philanthropy to help them.
Unfortunately, this work happens with little-to-no recognition, incentives, or rewards. That’s why, in 2012, the Family Independence Initiative established the Torchlight Prize. By spotlighting their work, the prize encourages others to invest in resident-led solutions.
Today, we are proud to announce the 2014 Torchlight Prize winners! Here they are:
North Oakland Restorative Justice Council
North Oakland Restorative Justice Council is a community group that works to support families dealing with institutional and interpersonal violence in North Oakland, CA. Learn more about them here.
El Valle Women’s Collaborative
Women of all ages make up El Valle Women’s Collaborative (EVWC), a collective in Ribera, New Mexico, just east of Santa Fe and south of Las Vegas, NV. Based on women’s knowledge and wisdom, EVWC organizes opportunities for social, environmental, and economic sustainability. Learn more about them here.
KhushDC is a community group that works to keep the Washington, D.C. area a safe space for the Southeast Asian lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) community. Learn more about them here.
HOLA Ohio is a small organization based in Painesville, Ohio, that engages local immigrant communities in community organizing, advocacy, and civic engagement. Learn more about them here.
Each group will receive a one-time $10,000 award as a small recognition of their innovative, resident-led work to strengthen their communities.