If you’ve driven past the corner of 76th Street South and Division Avenue recently, you’ve seen it. It used to be a vacant lot, but it’s grown into much more: it’s giving life to the community. It’s our neighborhood garden. It’s YOUR neighborhood garden.
Seven years ago, East Lake Initiative took our first step into serving the East Lake community. A small group of volunteers met with Wanda Birchfield, Principal of Barrett Elementary School, to ask how they might be able to help. What did the school need? Where could she use them the most?
“We felt like the school was the epicenter, the heartbeat of the community,” Pam Bates, East Lake Initiative’s (ELI) Executive Director, explains.