How You Are Saving Lives with Community Organizing

When Debra Copes found TNDC’s Community Organizing team, she found people who respected her and believed in her voice. That encouragement was life changing.

Your generosity makes it possible for Community Organizing to empower Tenderloin residents. Thank you.

A resident of Curran House, Debra first found the Community Organizing team through her neighbor, Sharon Hewitt. She encouraged Debra to sign up for TNDC’s Leadership Academy. After twelve weeks of working on campaigns to improve the Tenderloin, Debra felt confident to continue organizing.

Now, she works at TNDC as a Community Organizing Outreach Leader. Knocking on doors, registering neighbors to vote, posting flyers, and most recently, forming a Black Rights Association in the Tenderloin.
Debra is excited for the association’s first Juneteenth Celebration. The celebration takes place on Tuesday, 6/19 at Kelly Cullen Community (220 Golden Gate Avenue) from 5-7 PM. All are welcome to join.

“I know what it’s like to find my voice,” shared Genay Markham, Community Organizer at TNDC and member of the association, “so I love helping other people do the same thing.”

Your support is critical to helping people find their voice and becoming neighbohorhood leaders.

“I don’t think my life would have been much if I hadn’t gotten into organizing,” said Debra, “I believe and know they saved my life.”

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