West End Revitalization Association

Nonprofit in North Carolina Uses Donated Technology to Support Grassroots Organizing

The West End Revitalization Association is Alamance County's first and only community development corporation. WERA serves residents, homeowners, and landowners of five African American communities in Alamance County and Orange County. Its vision is to maintain sustainable historic African American communities through environmental protection, preservation, stabilization, and planned development.

It helps improve the quality of life for low-income and minority residents. It does this by providing affordable housing, safe water and sewer services, and education on voting rights. WERA also empowers residents through grassroots leadership training and by submitting grant applications.

It provides environmental justice training for AmeriCorps VISTA volunteer members, N.C. Environmental Justice Network Board and members, Elon Universty academy,and other community-based environmental justice and social justice groups. WERA has been awarded a National Environmental Justice Achievement Award for its work installing sewers for more than 90 low-income households.

The organization utilizes Microsoft tools to further its mission: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Publisher. By creating documents, posters, and images, it strengthens its grassroots movement.