The oil spill has provided new challenges for community development activities in the Gulf.
NeighborWorks America has taken steps to assist our local Gulf partners in their efforts to respond to the oil spill and its long term impacts with grants and technical assistance.
We also sponsored specialized training for Vietnamese American fishers and their families in Biloxi, Mississippi, which focused on media and messaging. In an interview with CNN, these Vietnamese American fishers were able to take true advantage of NeighborWorks' training and make their voices heard. View the interview.
Additional NeighborWorks-sponsored workshops in July and August will share skills in community assessment and program development so that community leaders can increase their effectiveness in responding to emerging needs.