All three are about one thing: community uplift
When people pull up to 251 W. 11th Street for a Farm Share free food giveaway on October 27, they may think they’re coming to the Riviera Beach Maritime Academy. But they won’t be.
They’ll be coming to the Judge Edward Rodgers Center for Community Development, a newly created service center that plans community social and cultural events, a small-business incubator and a host of holistic partnerships with organizations that are committed to the same thing: community uplift.
The Center is the brainchild of its namesake and the Greek organization to which he’s belonged for more than 70 years: the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity. The West Palm Beach-based Delta Delta Lamba chapter’s nonprofit arm, the Alpha Educational Foundation, will oversee the facility.
Besides the Farm Share partnership, the Alphas are also partnering with the Marine Industries Association of Palm Beach County for a career fair on November 28. It will also be at the Judge Rodgers Center.
And we, here at cocowire, are also on the Judge Rodgers team. He is a supporter of cocowire and, indeed, is to be the only voice of opinion on the site. That’s because he has lots to say, he’s lived through many experiences and he will share it at will. And when he’s done, he adds that old tagline, ‘just so you know.’
But the Judge is also 90 years old. So, as we launch cocowire and the Alphas launch the community center, we realize we have to give him some space. So, the weekly ‘Just So You Know’ opinion pieces will be written by a host of smart, capable and opinionated people who live here and who will talk about what’s happening here—whenever the Judge doesn’t feel like it.
So, that place located at 251 W. 11th Street? It’s about community uplift, just like its namesake. Just so you know.
Marian Dozier is the founder of tysMedia.net and created cocowire.net. To learn more about Judge Rodgers, click here and, about the Alpha Educational Foundation, here. And to learn more about Homestead-based Farm Share, which works to end food deserts statewide, click here.