Equity in Action

When community members have voice and power in the decisions that impact their communities, and express it through civic engagement and leadership, it leads to broader community and policy changes that assure racial, health, and economic equity. Three reinforcing elements are at the heart of Communities of Opportunity. 

  1. Geographic and cultural community partnerships that drive change locally.

  2. Policies and systems that create and sustain equity at all levels.

  3. Learning community leverages the power of collective knowledge to accelerate change. 

 

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GEOGRAPHIC & CULTURAL COMMUNITIES

Community partnerships and power are essential.

Seattle Urban Native Nonprofits (SUNN), one of the partnerships supported by COO, united in spirit and practice at the UW Intellectual House

Seattle Urban Native Nonprofits (SUNN), one of the partnerships supported by COO, united in spirit and practice at the UW Intellectual House

Communities of Opportunity (COO) works with partnerships in neighborhoods and cultural communities to advance better health, safe and affordable housing, economic opportunity and stronger community connections for residents. 

COO has recently expanded partnerships in

  • the urban Native community
  • LatinX community of Vashon Island
  • transgender and gender nonconforming communities
  • in the communities of Kent, Seattle’s Central District, and rural Snoqualmie Valley

This work builds on continued work of our three original place-based partnerships.

  • Rainier Valley community partners are focusing on shared ownership models to prevent displacement of historic cultural communities and to increase economic security.
  • White Center is anchoring multi-cultural businesses and partnerships in the community to prevent displacement of residents.
  • SeaTac/Tukwila community partners have established the Food Innovation Network, focusing on expanding economic opportunities and promoting health, particularly through healthy food. 

Policies and systems

Community Health Board Coalition: COO Policy and Systems Change partner

Community Health Board Coalition: COO Policy and Systems Change partner

Policies and Systems play an essential role in equity.
Affordable housing, local employment, and quality education should be attainable regardless of our race, ethnicity, income, or where we live. Yet our institutions and policies shape who has access to wealth, health, and prosperity.

Communities of Opportunity partners are working to dismantle the persistent racial injustice within our systems by:

  • Building community capacity to carry out coordinated advocacy efforts
  • Integrating equity into policies at all levels: neighborhood, organizational, city, county, and state
  • Advocating for policies that support community priorities and needs
  • Expanding representation of cultural communities by stepping into leadership and political roles. 

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A learning community, or community of shared practice, creates spaces for communities and organizations to share their work and gain additional skills to advance impact across the region. These spaces foster collaboration and facilitate momentum-building at a regional level.

 

More to come on the Learning Community soon!

 

 

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AS A COALITION OF COMMUNITY LED ORGANIZATIONS WE HAVE BEEN WORKING TOGETHER FOR DECADES TO SUPPORT AND ADVOCATE FOR OUR COMMUNITIES.
— Karter Booher, Executive Director of Ingersoll Gender Center
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Unlike conventional evaluation approaches that can be top-down or perpetuate inequities, participatory evaluation brings stakeholders and evaluators together to collaboratively develop and implement the evaluation. In alignment with COO’s values of shared power and decision-making, a participatory approach ensures partners, governance group, and staff play an active role throughout the evaluation process.

Success stories

 

Interactive data

To measure our progress in advancing health, housing, economic opportunity, and community connections in King County, community partners are working together with our national and local evaluation team to develop evaluation strategy, identify the most salient measures and data collection methods, and gather data and interpret findings.

Explore the interactive data sets that help us track our impact in communities.

HEALTH

ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY

HOUSING

COMMUNITY CONNECTIons


FUNDED projects