Imagining a community where progress and opportunity benefit everyone
Unseen Greenville is a project of The Greenville News seeking solutions to challenges faced by the neighborhoods and people of our community left behind by our forward progress.
Many are familiar with Greenville's jewel of a downtown and recognize what a special place our community has become. But they know little about the neighborhoods and people who live just a few miles from downtown's fabled Main Street, the beauty of Falls Park and myriad cultural treasures, boutiques and restaurants.
Our June 9 forum sponsored by PNC Bank and attended by 700 set the stage for a year-long exploration by The Greenville News designed to light a path forward that bridges neighborhoods and cultivates our racial and ethnic diversity. Unseen Greenville is designed to do 3 things:
Get thinking about ways everyone can share in our progress.
Turn ideas and conversation into action that points to solutions.
Bridge gaps and gather key players at the table to affect change.
Introduce Greenville to the unseen neighborhoods and the people who live there. Create opportunities for them to share their stories and for others to listen.
Develop an understanding of the issues and problems by spending time in these communities to hear directly from the people who face these challenges.
Learn more about the people and organizations working on solutions to learn what's working, close gaps and get out the word about available resources.
Create an environment where ideas can be shared, refined and acted upon. Help people find a way to coalesce around projects and participate in solutions.
Identify human or financial capital needed to address the challenges, and bring stakeholders to the table who have the necessary resources and tools.
Define success and regularly assess progress. Convene a community forum in summer 2016 to report back to the community our accomplishments.
A lack of transportation has emerged as a theme that runs through every area of focus from jobs to education to health care.
A critical piece to economic opportunity is ensuring that everyone has an opportunity to go beyond a high school education.
Many lack access to preventative health care and too often rely on emergency services for routine medical treatment.
Economic development has pushed some out of their homes, fragmenting neighborhoods and forcing people to move away from nearby jobs.
On a hot, rainy night in June 2015 more than 700 people attended The Greenville News community forum sponsored by PNC Bank to hear seven storytellers speak from the heart about challenges faced by many in our community.
Don Gordon, executive director of the Riley Institute
"The Riley Institute at Furman University applauds the effort by The Greenville News and its sponsors to draw attention and action for the 'Unseen' in our area. The series of Greenville News articles, the forum earlier this month at the Kroc Center, and the News's earlier series on the homeless are critically important to all of us. Let’s talk, listen and learn, and then let’s get busy building a more inclusive Greenville."
The United Way, Community Foundation, Hollingsworth Foundation
"We feel our work will be greatly enhanced by the energy and commitment of the many citizens responding to the stories you are highlighting."
Beth Lindsay Templeton, founder & CEO of Our Eyes Were Opened
"Maybe people who have been working with those in our community who are now called “Unseen” can feel some hope that finally the meter will be moved up a little for those who have so much to offer when they are helped to find ways to overcome the structural barriers."
If you have questions about the Unseen Greenville project, use the contact form above or reach out to one of us. We'd be happy to talk about the initiative and how to make it better.