Media Advisory – For Immediate Release
SCOTLANDVILLE COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION RECEIVES ALLSTATE FOUNDATION GRANT
BATON ROUGE, LA. –The Scotlandville Community Development Corporation (CDC), a volunteer-based organization dedicated to providing service and support to its community, was awarded an Allstate Foundation grant to assist in the creation of Scotlandville Homes Plaza Park. This park will be located at the corner of Goudchaux and Pembroke Streets and, when completed, will provide a common area for community activities, create a safe area for children to play as well further strengthen the Scotlandville Community.
This area has been the focus point of the recent community clean-ups and beautification projects led by Scotlandville CDC. This project has been in partnership with the City of Baton Rouge/Parish of East Baton Rouge government and Southern University faculty, staff and students. Thanks due to the hard work of the volunteers, the lot has been cleared of debris and trash, the high weeds removed, trees trimmed and made acceptable for the creation of the Scotlandville Homes Plaza Park. Grant writing and clean-up assistance was provided by the Southern University Center for Social Research grant funded by the Department of Housing and Urban Development.
The organization advocator, Ms. Pat McCallister-LeDuff, who also serves as the President of the Scotlandville CDC Board of Directors will be the project coordinator and the point of contact for the $10,000 Allstate Foundation grant.
Scotlandville CDC’s mission is to be a catalyst for change. Its programs revitalize the community creating opportunities for people to build self-esteem and power for themselves and their community and enabling residents to grow toward affordable housing, economic investment, and social development. Establishment of this park is just one of the activities in support of the community by Scotlandville CDC. Scotlandville CDC also provides (1) assistance to potential homeowners with new and rehab construction, financing assistance and home buyer education; (2) assists the community to adopt a “community development” philosophy; (3) provides support for public participation initiatives; and (4) promotes neighborhood volunteers.
For more information about Scotlandville CDC, its programs and its activities, contact the Scotlandville CDC office at 225.335.3446 or by visiting the web site at www.scotlandvillecdc.org.