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January 4, 2024
Introducing our 2024 Social Mission Partner: SoWe
Mural by Salina Almanzar
At Fig, we believe in the power of a community that works together to identify needs and find solutions—one that creates connections and is passionate about helping its neighbors. Each year, Fig partners with a nonprofit organization working to transform our community, and we are grateful and honored to partner with SoWe in 2024.
SoWe is a resident-driven initiative of Tenfold in Southwest Lancaster City. They engage the diverse voices of our community to strengthen the economic and social well-being of the neighborhood.
To do this, their team works within five priority areas:
- Connecting neighbors
- Creating and maintaining safe, quality housing for low-income residents
- Supporting local businesses & promoting commercial activity
- Improving our streets and parks
- Increasing neighborhood safety
"I am proud to support the efforts of SoWe. I have lived in the Southwest area of Lancaster City for most of my life, and I love the strong sense of community. SoWe helps strengthen the bonds between neighbors to ensure our environment is safe and welcoming By sharing in this vision, we look out for one another, and we enjoy spending time together at the many social events. The future is bright for local residents because of SoWe!" – Carole Kirchner, SoWe Board Member
In 2024, SoWe is focusing on specific goals that align with their mission and priority areas:
- Attracting new businesses to fill several empty storefronts in the neighborhood
- Installing two new murals
- Developing two new affordable housing units
- Providing welcome baskets to new refugee families who move into the neighborhood
- Recruiting resident leaders for our block liaison program
HOW CAN YOU GET INVOLVED?
- Sign up for their newsletter
- Follow SoWe on social media
- Come to a monthly neighborhood meal (April–October)
- Organize a street cleanup
- Attend (or volunteer at) a SoWe event
- Join a committee focused on one of their priority areas
- Become a block liaison
- Donate to SoWe
SUBSCRIBE TO FIG TO SUPPORT
As our 2024 Social Mission Partner, 10% of every Fig subscription this year goes directly to the work of SoWe. Go to figlancaster.com/fig-magazine to subscribe.
"SoWe is honored to be the 2024 Fig Social Mission Partner. We are grateful for the work Fig does to promote non-profit organizations in Lancaster community and look forward to introducing more community members to our work in southwest Lancaster City." – Amos Stoltzfus, SoWe Director