June E-News

posted by Fresno Metro Ministry
on 04 June 2015


Join the Team!


Fresno Metro Ministry is inviting qualified candidates to apply for the Better Blackstone Project Manager position within our new Resilient Communities Program.  

The Better Blackstone Project Manager needs to be a highly motivated individual with a passion for cross-sector collaboration, community development and multicultural community leadership in a high energy environment. The Project Manager will work closely with the Program Director and Executive Director to develop the emerging Better Blackstone Association.


Fresno Metro Ministry is a multicultural, multi-faith community-benefit organization that 'Builds Partnerships for Community Well-being.' Our interrelated programs: Cross-sector Community Leadership and Innovation; Community Food Systems; and Resilient Communities build upon four decades of success in creating change in the areas of environmental health, hunger and nutrition and healthcare access, to achieve our mission/vision of 'Learning, Connecting and Engaging to Achieve Healthy People and Healthy Places.'


Click the link below for a detailed description of the qualifications and duties expected of the successful candidate, along with instructions for applying. Review of applications will begin on June 17, 2015. Applications accepted until position is filled.


Hunger Action Day 2015


For nearly a decade, Metro has partnered with the California Hunger Action Coalition for Hunger Action Day at the state capital. This year, our Community Food Systems team ventured to Sacramento with a bus full of over 30 Central Valley residents to meet with state legislators to advocate for anti-hunger programs and policies that bring down the wall of poverty, provide nourishing food, prevent homelessness and end its consequences. A few of the priority area Bills included: the Farm to Food Bank Tax CreditBreakfast after the Bell and Raise the Minimum Wage.


For many years, support from Mazon: A Jewish Response to Hunger has made it possible for the Valley to have a voice in hunger policy through our Community Food Systems Program. We appreciate Mazon's continued support and the tireless efforts of the 2015 Hunger Action collaborative: Fresno Center for New Americans, Fresno Interdenominational Refugee Ministries, Fresno State Students and our community partners. Hunger Action Day was a success!

Better Blackstone Project is Starting to Heat Up  
Humanics Check Presentation

Over the last few months, Metro has been diligently working to support the Better Blackstone Association. We launched thewebsite, hosted our third community information meeting about the City's Development Code and Bus Rapid Transit plans, convened the first Better Blackstone Association Advisory committee meeting and formed a Resource Partner Network with key allies and technical experts!


We are also excited to launch our Summer of Stories project in conjunction with Blackstone residents to identify Healthy Community Goals and 'Learn to Lead' activities from our Healthy People Healthy Places Toolkit. The participatory development of the Toolkit is funded by a mini-grant from Fresno State Humanics Program's Students 4 Giving.


And if you haven't heard, Metro was selected as 1 of 4 finalists in California competing for a $3 million grant from the ArtPlace America Community Development Investmentsto infuse art, culture and design into our Better Blackstone community development process! Last month, a power trio of judges visited us in Fresno. We were so proud to have the opportunity to showcase our community assets, both places and people, which are the essential ingredients to a Better Blackstone, and a better Fresno. We are anxiously awaiting word in August.


If you want to be a part of this movement, we are hiring two interns (media/communications and community outreach) this summer. Please send a short cover letter and your resume toThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. A small stipend will be available.


If you'd like to stay informed about Better Blackstone, JOIN the association at www.BetterBlackstone.com.


ArtPlace Site Visit- Manchester Mall Mural by Ramiro Martinez

Abundant Community 2015 Spurs Discussion for Possible 'Mercado' Style Business Incubator on Blackstone


Thank you to our community sponsors, technical assistance partners and the nearly 400 community members, civic and faith leaders and entrepreneurs who assembled for the 2015 Abundant Community Regional Convenings: Co-Creating Asset-Based Economic Development in the San Joaquin Valley on May 14-15.


Ramon Leon, founding President and CEO of the Latino Economic Development Center in Minneapolis, joined by Scot Spencer of the Annie E. Casey Foundation in Baltimore and Katherine Perez-Estolano of Estolano LeSar Perez Advisors based in Los Angeles, led the series of events, including a Workshop, Dinner and Spanish language Conference. The theme of the convenings focused on the existing assets of local families, neighborhoods and communities in order to mobilize the relationships and resources needed for effective local business development.


The speakers stressed the economic value of the gifts, skills, knowledge and passions already present in our communities, the distinct interests of our diverse people and neighborhoods and how each person can contribute in very meaningful ways to achievement of individual and shared community and economic goals.


At the Latino Community Leadership for Economic Development Conference on May 15, Mr. Leon moderated a panel session on the many resources available to aspiring Fresno and Valley entrepreneurs with local experts from the U.S. Small Business Administration and the Fresno Community Development Financial Institution.


Next steps... Fresno Metro Ministry and the Relational Culture Institute are following up with participants and will draw upon Mr. Leon and other professional advisors' expertise to launch the partnerships required to explore, design and operate a future 'Mercado' style business incubator along the Blackstone corridor consistent with the Better Blackstone initiative and the City of Fresno 2035 General Plan. For more information, email Chanel Ruiz-Mendez. Download presentations below.


Upcoming Events


God's Plan for Sharing Event

Saturday, June 6

9am - 12pm

Freedom Community Church 


Healing Arts & Crafts

Saturday, June 6

10 am - 12 pm

Holistic Cultural and Education Wellness Center 

Fresno Environmental Reporting Network (FERN)

Task Force Meeting

Tuesday, June

 1:30 pm

Chicano Youth Center


Day of Action Community Resource Fair

Saturday, June 20

9 am - 1 pm

United Way 


Congregational Climate Message Day

Monday, June 22

Call, Tweet & Email your Representatives and Senators to act on Climate Change and price carbon!

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more info!


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