Allies Wanted – Partnering with Pleasant Ridge

com·mu·ni·ty – (noun)

“People in any configuration bonded together over time through common interest and concern, through responsibility and accountability to one another, and through commitment, friendship, and love.”[1]

Not long after I moved to Charlestown I learned what a loving community we have. A trip to the pharmacy catches us up on the events of the week, dinner at Charlestown Pizza fills our bellies with good food (and beer) and our hearts with the warmth of friendship, and every trip to the Jay-C store feels like a family reunion.

My attraction to Charlestown is only marred by one thing: Pleasant Ridge

But not for the reasons many folks might think. If you’ve read my blog for any length of time you’ve noted where my sympathies lie in that regard.

Tonight as I was scrolling through my various social media feeds, procrastinating on revisions to a paper I’m prepping for journal publication, I saw an opportunity to be an ally.

What is an ally, you ask?

Allies are people who choose to affiliate with others who are the target of oppressive forces and who use their resources to help bring positive change. [2]

If you, at any point, regardless of your political affiliation, have thought,

“Gee, I wish there was something that someone could do to cleanup/help/improve/restore/revitalize Pleasant Ridge…”

You’re in luck!

The Pleasant Ridge Neighborhood Association has begun a sponsorship program that will help in their continued efforts to improve the quality of life in the neighborhood. You can find complete details on the group’s Facebook page here: PRNA Sponsorship

Or by calling (812) 406-7637.

Screen Shot 2018-02-11 at 9.20.43 PMThe crux is that various sponsorship levels allow individuals and businesses in the community to partner as allies with PRNA to help them purchase, renovate, and offer another family an affordable and safe place to live.

Pleasant Ridge Neighborhood Association is a certified non-profit 501c3 organization so you can be sure that any donations are well managed and are tax deductible.

Maybe you don’t live in Pleasant Ridge. You might wonder why this affects you. You’re not alone. One of the greatest barriers to positive community change is that people removed from the immediate situation have trouble seeing problems in other areas as belonging to them. But everything in Charlestown is of interest to all of us.

Neighborhood health translates to community health…and just remember: The image of our town starts with us!

Please consider working with the people of Pleasant Ridge. Not to root them out, but to help our entire community thrive!

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[1] Suzanne Phar, “Reflections on Liberation,” in Readings for Diversity and Social Justice, third edition, edited by Maurianne Adams, Warren J. Blumenfeld, Carmelita (Rosie) Castaneda, Heather W. Hackman, Madeline L. Peters, and Ximena Zuniga (New York: Routledge, 2013).
[2] Rita Hardiman, Baily W. Jackson, and Pat Griffin, “Conceptual Foundations,” in Readings for Diversity and Social Justice, third edition, edited by Maurianne Adams, Warren J. Blumenfeld, Carmelita (Rosie) Castaneda, Heather W. Hackman, Madeline L. Peters, and Ximena Zuniga (New York: Routledge, 2013).

Author: Treva Hodges

Resident of Charlestown, Indiana. Advocate.

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