[Hpn] Massachusetts Association of Community Development Corporations

H. C. Covington icanamerica@msn.com
Fri, 09 Feb 2001 02:22:52 -0500

From: Nancy Marks <NancyM@gbls.org>

Dear Friends:

For folks who might be interested, MACDC - Massachusetts Association of
Community Development Corporations - has just produced a portfolio of
materials for its organizing initiative RHICO.

In 1997, in an effort to incorporate community organizing into
the core*mission of community development corporations (CDCs)
throughout Massachusetts, the Massachusetts Association of
Community Development Corporations (MACDC), in partnership with
Boston LISC, established the Ricanne Hadrian Initiative for
Community Organizing (RHICO).  RHICO provides funding, technical
assistance, training , and peer-to-peer support to Massachusetts
CDCs, helping them improve their community organizing practices
and raise community-organizing standards in the field.

RHICO is based on the premise that **significant community
development cannot happen by technical or physical means alone.
Successful community development can only occur when low-income
residents and people of color are empowered to bring about
positive change in their communities and address the institutions
that create obstacles to change.**

RHICO seeks to accomplish this by providing a combination of resources that
help CDCs do more and better community organizing, link organizing with
economic and housing development, and build the power needed to move a
community*s vision forward.

RHICO*s mission is to promote sustainable community change by
supporting and advancing community organizing and development
within the CDC*context. To meet this goal, RHICO seeks to
institutionalize the vision and practice of community organizing
both within the CDCs and among the allies, intermediaries, and
funders who support the community-development field.

  We hope this portfolio will provide you with a comprehensive and
exciting view of MACDC*s organizing initiative.  If you would
like a folio or to learn more about the program, please feel free
to email me at nancym@gbls.org call me at
617.426.0303 x 25.

H. C. (Sonny) Covington
"To be truly radical, one must make hope possible,
rather than despair convincing."


Nancy Marks
Director of Organizing
Mass. Association of Community Development Corporations