Andrew, a Boy Called Hair, and the Edgehill Polar Bears
Help Andrew, Edgebear, and Hillbear (with their glowing snowballs) use their superpowers, with help from C. J., Ebony, and the OPERATION FENDING OFF AGENT DESTRUCTIVE FORCES team solve Edgehill-Nashville problems to create a viable and equitable community.
NeighborH.O.O.D., a non-profit 501(c)3 organization, was created to help people who have historically been denied equal access to America’s social, economic, education, and political policies overcome those obstacles via cooperatives and community-owned businesses. Research has shown that “cooperatives and community-owned enterprises are mechanisms for community economic development, because they provide jobs and business ownership for community members, re-circulate resources within their communities, promote environmental sustainability and social responsibility, and develop economic human and social capital” (Nembhard, 2013, p. 1). The performing, literary, and visual arts will be used as backdrops to spur creativity and innovation, academic performance, and community cohesion.
To decrease the dire social statistics associated with people who live in Nashville’s underserved communities by developing their talents, skills, and abilities via cooperative and community-owned enterprises, education, employment, and self-advocacy strategies.
The community (organizations, churches, and schools will send applicants to NeighborH.O.O.D.’s seven-month trade and arts school. The organization will use best practices principles (theoretically and practically) to maximize student success. Students will be required to participate in some aspect of the organization’s arts program. Upon graduation, students will become owners of a business cooperative.
The first phase (May 2021 – December 2021), a seven-month program in fashion, design, and merchandising, also comprises cooperative entrepreneurship courses that will assist students in establishing the for-profit business venture they will ultimately own.
In the second phase (January 2022 – company stability), graduates transition, as owners, to their newly established cooperative entrepreneurship business venture, whereby mentoring services will be provided by NeighborH.O.O.D. the company is financially stable.
Building Block Destinies
When I was two – you (mom and dad)
Built a neighborhood for me
With my ABC building blocks
It affected me deeply
My building blocks of ABC’s
And butterflies and bees
Built houses, stores and bridges
I owned them, I had keys
Why OUR Organization?
What We Do
Our Goal is to establish the organization’s first cooperative enterprise, a fashion, design, production, illumination, and merchandising company.
What People Say About Us
I am delighted to participate in the endeavors of Ms. Agnes Scott, Executive Director of Neighborhood. Ms. Scott is a visionary, just what our community needs. My support is unwavering. I shall continue to donate in the future without hesitation.
As a person of color, I can truly say, we have a long history of being overlooked and forgotten when it comes to assuring that our communities receive the same local, state, and federal policy guidelines that help to build generational economics. We have little and we are limited to little. We are in need of individuals and organizations that build models to help our communities gain access to business ownership and financial success in today’s advancing times.
Yesteryears’ messages that Black people must fight over one slice of pie or one resource, while the majority feast unending on whole pie choices, must be stopped, as should the practice of feigned help, i.e., shoveling black people from one person or organization to another just to get rid of them. Please help this organization do what it’s trying to do and allow the organization time to do it. There will be ups and downs in starting anything, just as the majority experiences. It took a long time for this situation to get like it is; it’s going to take time to fix it.
Donate to NeighborH.O.O.D.
Non-monetary donations can include:
- Classroom supplies and equipment
- Sewing machines and equipment
- Notions and fabric – knitting equipment, notions and yarn
- Copy machines
- musical instruments and supplies
- Furniture (desks, chairs, tables, bookcases)
- Office supplies and equipment (pens, paper, staples, white boards, projectors)
Please use the form below to donate.