Posted Online: March 05, 2013, 10:52 am

Watertown town hall meeting to be held March 5 in East Moline

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Press release submitted by Nate Lawrence

Too all citizens of Watertown, the entire City of East Moline and the Greater Quad City Area communities:

The Watertown Community Empowerment Coalition (WCEC) cordially invites interested citizens to bring their hopes, dreams and constructive ideas to its third Community Town Meeting. The meeting will be held at the United Auto Workers Union Hall, 630 Martin Luther King Drive East Moline, and (UAW Local 865) Tuesday March 5, 2013 at 6:00 pm for the following purpose:

1. to remind interested citizens of our endeavor to build a Community Center in the Watertown district.

2. To report on our progress in this endeavor. (Presentation by Ament Design)

3. To reinforce to the community our need for everyone to join and support the WCEC's efforts.

4. To recruit interested citizens to serve as Committee Members to help direct this effort.

5. Encourage community members to provide input and plan to assist with its development..

6. To encourage citizen support for long term change.

WATERTOWN COMMUNITY EMPOWERMENT COALITION

Mission Statement: To create, provide or promote an environment that draws upon the resources of the community to empower and enhance opportunity through assistance in education, life services, and healthy activities for the welfare of its members.

The Watertown Community Empowerment Coalition WCEC) was formed to address a pressing need for activities and access to social services for citizens in the Watertown Neighborhood in the City of East Moline, and to create an environment to address the need for:

Ø Educational enhancement
Ø Economic growth
Ø Social opportunity
Ø Arts & Recreational activities
Ø Spiritual nourishment

The population of the Watertown neighborhood is approximately 4100. People of color comprise 58% of this population. Forty percent of this population falls in the low to moderate income standards. The area has a declining number of owner occupied housing, which indicates an increased number of rental housing. Only about 12 new homes have been constructed in the past seven years and fifty percent of these were Habitat for Humanity construction.

Surrounded by signs of diminishing industry, this neighborhood is a sociological donut devoid of schools, services and lacking opportunities for essential participatory commercial access, and a strained or minimal relationship with government services, this target area struggles to regain a sense of community. Building toward a positive citizen impact through access and participation WCEC proposes to establish a community center and partner with existing service agencies, where possible, to provide needed services within the target area.