Your Neighbor, My Neighbor
Lorenzo has led the Paul A. Diggs Neighborhood Association as its president for more than twenty years with Virginia by his side. The pair have fought for the betterment of their community with a focus on the youth since the group’s inception. After all, it’s the youth that need our help the most.
As of five years ago, the association established its primary initiative: the Save Our Children Campaign. Designed to holistically support our community’s youngest members, the campaign operates via assessments of needs that determine what a given family lacks in order to better empower its household.
“By helping the family, we help the child,” Virginia explained.
Once the organization knows what’s needed, they’re able to connect the family with resources readily available in our community. If they can’t find the resources to help, then they become the resource themselves.
For the last couple of years, the Save Our Children Campaign has put on a number of programs and activities designed to educate and involve the community at large however means possible. One stand-out activity they host is that of Story Time in the Park. Here, the group invites its community members to gather around with pull-out chairs and blankets as they read to the children, eat snacks, and complete arts and crafts projects all in the name of communal betterment.
“It’s for literacy enhancement, and bonding as well,” Virginia said. “So fantastic to experience.”
Some other events the group does include the Walk-Run event, touted by Lorenzo as being a “4-hour event [that] can’t help but make you feel good,” as well as their recognition banquet for those community members that consistently go above and beyond the call of duty.
The Paul A. Diggs Neighborhood Association collaborates with other community partners, such as LakelandPD, to promote the great morals and values that our community collectively holds. We’re stronger together, and it shows.