The purpose of this memo is to provide a high-level overview of the theory that underlies the Healthier Together and BeWellPBC mini grant activity. This memo won’t dive into the variety of flavors permeating local implementation, the specifics of successful mini grants or the colorful, inspiring people and personalities behind the ideas. The processes have local character, unique ways of celebrating, measuring, awarding, determining, scoring, publicizing their mini grants. This is vibrant territory well worth exploring in future memos.
The Healthier Lake Worth Beach community helped orchestrate the revitalization of the city’s Unity Wall, a structure that once segregated the white and black sides of town. The revitalization project is bringing together artists from all over South Florida to paint murals along the wall symbolizing unity, peace and other uplifting messages. This wall is bringing community together during a particularly divisive time in our country’s history and is meant to inspire the community to remember its past but push forward toward a brighter, more unified future.
Learn more in the Palm Beach Post article, Lake Worth Beach’s Wall of Unity sets aside discord as refurbishing project begins, published on January 16, 2021.
Chasing rabbits, daily workout, late nights and early mornings playing childhood football is where it all began. Growing up in a very small town called South Bay, Florida, can be very challenging. Known for its one way in and one way out entry into the city, South Bay taught me how to face adversity head on. I had the “will.” I had to find a “way.”
Mrs. Veronica Bowleg lost her beloved son, Ervin, during the COVID-19 pandemic. While he did not die of coronavirus, she wants to let her community know to take care of themselves so they don’t suffer the loss of loved one as she has.
Delray Beach native Charlene Farrington is on a mission to share the history of Palm Beach County’s Black communities with residents young and old. As the executive director of the Spady Cultural Heritage Museum in Delray Beach, she oversees programming that seeks not only to present this information in an effective manner, but to preserve it for future generations and use it as a teaching tool to promote understanding, equity, and unity.