For social entrepreneurs, non profits, and social ventures with missions centered around inspiring, educating, and uplifting others – service is more than just a hobby, it’s a business. And, for those who are energized by community and driven by a passion to serve, the Ford Resource and Engagement Center (FREC) provides the perfect platform to engage the culturally rich communities on the East and West sides of Detroit.
In November, when we placed a request for service providers to submit applications to partner with the FREC, the response from Detroit area social entrepreneurs came pouring in.
Calling ALL Detroit area social entrepreneurs, nonprofit and social ventures, submit your application to deliver services at The Ford Resource and Engagement Centers (FREC): https://t.co/Tuj7v4szMP @shhwilson pic.twitter.com/bsylZFWJnO
— @FRECCity (@FRECCity) November 23, 2017
Twenty-two applicants passed the base screening process and were invited to come before a panel of neighborhood stakeholders at Community Pitch Day.
It’s community pitch day at the FREC! At this very moment, Detroit area social entrepreneurs, nonprofit leaders, and social venture teams are making their pitches before our community panelist to deliver services at the FREC! https://t.co/Tuj7v4szMP @shhwilson pic.twitter.com/3TlMrhvypt
— @FRECCity (@FRECCity) December 19, 2017
When it comes to selecting potential service providers, who better to decide what services are most needed than the actual recipients of them?
“If someone just parachutes into a community and points and says here’s some things we think you need, we all could miss the mark tremendously,” said FREC Partner and Director of Development at Eastern Market Corporation, Tracy Rivard.
This is precisely why the FREC empowers the community to have a voice in the process.
Once all pitches were heard on Community Pitch Day, neighborhood panelist were invited to score candidates by phone via Candid Micro-Survey technology.
The process made for a fun, educational, and interactive community event. Stay tuned over the coming weeks as we reveal our 2018 FREC Service Providers!
In the meantime, check out exclusive footage from Community Pitch Day, below:
FREC (D1): 2826 Bagley Ave, Detroit, MI 48216 | PH: 313.962.4888 Ask for Carmen
FREC (D2): 15491 Maddelein St., Detroit, MI 48205 | PH: 313.733.1240 Ask for Justin
The Ford Resource and Engagement Center (FREC) is a client-directed community center where people can learn new skills, obtain needed services, develop new talents and celebrate community. Made possible by grants from Ford Motor Company Fund, The Ford Resource and Engagement Center brings together non-profit partners to serve the surrounding community.