Social Equity

Last updated Jul. 18, 2017 - 9:01 am
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For City of Raleigh residents, quality of life is the most personal aspect of sustainability. It embodies how we live as individuals, families, and as a community.

Providing better neighborhoods, life skills for youth, meaningful civic engagement and volunteerism are core to Raleigh's mission. We are dedicated to improving social equity and our standard of living. We are working to keep home ownership affordable and establishing residential energy efficiency programs.

Minority and Women-owned Business Program

Small Business Expo

The City of Raleigh ensures that minority and women-owned businesses have equal opportunities to receive and participate in all aspects of the City's contracting and procurement program. These services include construction projects, purchases of building supplies and materials, and professional and personal services contracts. The City has a goal of 15 percent participation by businesses owned by minorities totaling at least eight percent and those owned by women at least seven percent on each project in construction contracts over $100,000 and in general purchases of goods and services.

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Education and Outreach

The City of Raleigh engages in education and outreach activities in an effort to keep residents, universities, civic organizations and other interested parties informed about programs, initiatives, and accomplishments. Education, outreach and resource sharing provide opportunities to foster partnerships, provide training and engage in community building for all who live, work and play in Raleigh.

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Community Development

The Community Development division improves the quality of life for Raleigh's residents by adding to the amount of affordable housing, improving existing affordable housing, revitalizing older neighborhoods, and supporting related human services.

Sustainable Home Raleigh

The Sustainable Home Program introduces ideas and actions Raleigh residents can implement immediately using low-cost, easy-to-use techniques to save energy and reduce utility bills. The community-focused, education-driven program is administered through the City of Raleigh Office of Sustainability and is available to homeowners and renters. The 1-hour presentation includes demonstrations, tips and information on weatherization, energy efficiency, green cleaning, water conservation, recycling and landscaping. Handouts include the Green Cleaning pamphlet, the Home Energy brochure, and a Refrigerator graphic that shows the best way to stock your refrigerator. Presentations, along with supplies, are free to groups of 20 or more adults.

For more details or to schedule a presentation, contact Paula Stroup at 919-996-4256. Please allow 1-hour for the presentation.

Youth Engagement

The Office of Sustainability staff are available to speak with formal community and youth groups, as well as school groups ranging from elementary through college, about conservation, environmental issues and energy efficiency as it applies to their everyday world. We present ideas and tools to empower and challenge them to understand how their daily activities and choices impact the environment and resources.

Other City departments also offer youth outreach and engagement:

  • Digital Connectors provides technology training and mentoring for youth, ages 14-21. The program offers young people a chance to expand 21st century technology skills, develop professional life skills, participate in open data projects, explore workplace pathways and serve their communities.
  • The Raleigh Summer Youth Employment Program helps teens ages 15-18 to develop their skills and prepare for future employment by spending the summer working for the City of Raleigh.
  • Youth Programs offered by the Raleigh Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources department include School Based Programs and Summer Camp Opportunities to children on Traditional and Year Round Calendars.

Community Engagement

The Community Engagement division offers a variety of programs to help people of every age and background become more active in their neighborhoods and the wider Raleigh community. The department helps individuals, groups and communities recognize their skills and assets, mobilizes people to take action on their own behalf and connects them to appropriate resources so they can achieve positive results for their neighborhoods and communities. Examples include:

  • Citizen Advisory Councils (CACs) which serve as a link between residents of Raleigh and City government
  • Foster Grandparent Program that offers children with special needs the individual attention they need to succeed in life
  • Hispanic-Latino Initiatives - El Departamento de Servicios Comunitarios provee maneras para que los residentes de habla hispana se involucren en sus vecindarios y en actividades comunitarias
  • Citizen Leadership Academy - a series of classes offered each spring and fall to help you develop your skills as a neighborhood or community leader
  • Volunteer Raleigh Raleigh is a city sponsored volunteer management program that provides opportunities to citizens age 18 and older to connect with partnering community agencies and organizations throughout Raleigh and Wake County.

Programs and Classes

Raleigh Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Department offers a wide variety of programs, classes, and events throughout the year. There are endless opportunities to learn something new, refine your skills, or just meet new friends. Programs are offered for children as young as 6 months old and extend through senior adults

Learn more about Programs and Classes

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