In transforming the community, we continuously assess the possible impact and processes using the three pillars process when designing programs.
Since April 2014, the Healthy Watts 5K Walk/Run has brought together youth, families, business owners, and health care workers for the primary purpose of exposure to the idea and possibility of collective health and wellness. The Walk/Run begins and ends at Macedonia Baptist Church and includes a diverse group of persons walking and running through the Watts community to promote health and wellness.
Healthy Watts 5K Walks/Runs were held in April 2014, June 2015 and September 2016. The most recent Walk/Run had an added feature in the afternoon – the Health & Wellness Expo. Our featured speakers were Dr. Richard Allen Williams (President, National Medical Association), former Congresswoman/Ambassador Diane Watson. Concurrent breakout sessions were held on Men’s issues, Women’s issues, Conflict Resolution, Special Needs/Autism and Memory Loss/Caretaking.
Our 2016 sponsors included: Councilman Joe Buscaino’s 15th District City of Los Angeles Office, Charles R. Drew University, Council of Black Nurses-LA, National Hispanic Association of Hispanic Nurses-LA, CIT Bank, BBCN Bank, Wilshire Bank, AltaMed, Watts Health, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Metro, Los Angeles Dodgers, Farmers & Merchants Bank, Hawkins House of Burgers, Road ID, Kaiser Permanente, Xpert Premier Protective Services and McDonald’s.
Our innovative business hub specifically focuses on the needs of individuals aspiring to become entrepreneurs, as well as existing and expanding entrepreneurs. All businesses are located or to be located in historically challenged communities and many entrepreneurs will be looking to grow their businesses and/or participate in emerging industries. WEBA will provide financial literacy and other targeted workshops to individuals with the inspiration, organizational framework, and technical assistance required to build sustainable businesses and promote economic development within depressed urban communities.
To implement this concept over a multi-year period, Macedonia CDC has entered into a partnership with Valley Economic Development Corporation (VEDC). Specifically called the Watts Entrepreneur Business Accelerator (WEBA), Macedonia CDC and VEDC have received a federal grant to conduct this activity in the greater Watts area. This partnership was announced in June 2016 and a Watts Small Business Summit was held on August 30, 2016. WEBA also includes an access to capital feature through the new Watts Small Business Loan Fund. WEBA became operational in January 2017.
WEBA Offices are located at Macedonia CDC on the Macedonia Baptist Church campus. One-on-one technical assistance is available Monday – Friday. Workshops will be conducted monthly. Please contact us to schedule an appointment.
For the last 3 years, Macedonia CDC has joined with Beth Shir Shalom from Santa Monica in conducting annual Big Sunday Projects in the Watts community. The projects have consisted of community clean-up activities and landscaping adjacent to the Watts Serenity Park and the surrounding neighborhood. This activity is conducted in May each year on a Saturday. New activities will be identified each year.
Other proposed programs of the CDC include HomeBuyer, Jobs, and Scholarships. Scholarships will be supported by our annual Golf Tournament. Additional programs will be considered as determined by the needs of the community and the Macedonia CDC Board. Please contact Macedonia CDC for more information about current programs as well as proposed programs.
Macedonia CDC’s programs operate with valuable Volunteers from Macedonia Baptist Church, other Religious Partners, and the Community to assist in making all activities and programs successful.