Community Improvement Initiative
A Community Oasis
The ReFresh Community Improvement Projects are geared towards investing resources and life changing programs for underserved communities and it's residents; making a lasting impact on the quality life. Such is the same with The ReFresh Evergreen Project.
Serving as a community oasis, The ReFresh Evergreen Project will improve social capital, local economic status, community involvement, and community social networking within every important entity of this city. This project will bring a wealth of resources and opportunities to every single resident of this city through it’s community, arts, wellness empowerment programming.
The ReFresh Institute, its’ partners and donors are committed to in-kind and financial impact investing to ensure the goal of this initiative is fulfilled perpetually for Evergreen and surrounding cities.
Ronald Phillips of The University of Maine, participated in a policy review in 2016 and observed, “While progress has been made to raise the quality of life for underserved, minority, and low-income groups in our society, much is left to be done that cannot be achieved without involvement from the impact investing field.” 
We believe that impact investing purposed towards communities will make a lifetime impression that could change the lives of many and make a major impact in communities all across the nation.
Our Community Improvement Initiative is designed to ...
Impact of Arts Programming
According to Americans for the Arts study (2016), statistics showed the following:
Impact on Mental Wellness
According to the US Department of Education (2021) , “The COVID-19 pandemic exacerbated this mental health crisis, accelerating the need to provide school mental health support at an even larger scale to meet the needs of our nation’s youth.” 
Impact on Education
The National Conference of State Legislatures (2021) reports “Consistent participation in after school programs has shown lower dropout rates and has helped close achievement gaps for low-income students. For older youth, regular participation in an after school program may also reduce risky behaviors and help them gain college and career-needed skills. “ Research shows that there are over 25 million school aged children nationwide that don’t have access to community - based after school programs. 
Impact on Violence
According to Brookings.edu (Love, 2021), Evidence shows that youth workforce development and employment programs, including summer jobs programs, can reduce youth involvement in violence by as much as 35% or 45%. Progress have already been made by seeing reallocation of funding towards community centers and organizations in high crime rate areas. 
Impact on Local & Regional Economy
Research specialist Tracy Loh & Anna Love (Brookings, 2021) states the “Activity centers can serve as the starting point for public, private, and civic sector leaders—in partnership with communities—to leverage transformative placemaking investments that increase access to public and private amenities, promote innovation and productivity, efficiently use infrastructure, and more equitably spread the economic, health, and social benefits of proximity.” 
Vey & Love, displayed the evidence that the boost of any local economy can be largely impacted through the transformative placemaking framework which invests in the residents of it’s community - “...the business, institutional, and human capital assets of many communities remain largely unrecognized, untapped, and disconnected from the larger regional ecosystem, impeding economic growth and development. recognizes that physical solutions alone cannot address these economic ecosystem challenges. Instead, it marshals programs and investments in specific places to spur the creativity, talent development, and entrepreneurship needed to excel in today’s rapidly shifting economy.”
Join the Movement
Your support can bring resources that will transform and refresh one town at a time!
In efforts to began this initiative, we have engaged in a full-fledge community capital raise. The ReFresh Evergreen Project Capital Campaign is set to raise a total of $3 Million Dollars to support the efforts of providing community programs and services to Evergreen, Alabama.
The funding of this campaign will support the remodeling and development of a new community center and provide programs and services for the community,.
Through this campaign, we will invest resources and revive the usage of current resources within the community.
All donations are tax-deductible