NeighborWorks America Profiles Ashbury Sprouts’ Sandra Robertson

What an amazing article!

NeighborWorks America is a fast-growing network of over 240 grassroots local community organizations using strength in numbers to get things done. Read their profile of Ashbury Sprouts’ founder Sandra Robertson on their website. See below for some of the highlights:

“When Robertson moved into the Glenville neighborhood of the city in 1983, it was a food desert and vacant lots marked the area—a consequence of the blight and demolitions triggered by the housing crisis. What better way to use some of the land, Robertson thought, than for a garden the whole neighborhood could contribute to and enjoy?”

“Meanwhile, Robertson’s dedication and enthusiasm for gardening and community outreach has proven infectious. Glenville and other predominately African-American communities have suffered from black professional flight, with graduates either moving to the suburbs or out of the city completely.Her son, Alex, however has become a strong leader in the community and has established several youth programs of his own. Cleveland Recess, for example, uses vacant lots for pop-up sports events.”

And check out the cool video they made of Sandra and Ashbury Sprouts!


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Freshwater Cleveland Profiles Recess Cleveland For Grassroots Story Series

News website Freshwater Cleveland has written an AMAZING profile of Recess Cleveland! It covers what we’ve done from our beginnings, how we’ve grown and looking ahead to our goals for the community.

Here’s some of the highlights:

“RecessCLE began by throwing last minute events with no more than a 48-hour notice, although Robertson is trying to give people more time now. The events are a free-for-all for the first hour as people show up, then they decide which sports or games to play. It may include dodge ball, kickball, and soccer with tug-o-war, hula-hooping, and jumping rope contests between. The whole event lasts more than four hours.”

Neighborhood Connections awarded Robertson a $3,000 grant in February, which he used to replace old equipment and items that were stolen. He also purchased 12 body zorb balls, which he says are the most popular item with children.”

Check out this great write-up in full here.

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