Why Community Matters
We believe that community matters.
Our community connects us and gives us our sense of place. Living in community means being a part of something bigger than oneself and creating space for people, families, and a local economy.
Founded in 2014, Community Matters has deep roots in the Lower Price Hill community, developed from the over forty years of work by its sister organization, Education Matters. Community Matters was created from the will of the Lower Price Hill community to address the overwhelming disparity in access to opportunities for our residents. In 2011, Community Matters’ founders listened to the frustration of residents who faced a daunting gap in the ability to create new opportunities and to grow within the community. Our neighbors felt trapped in an environment with 48% living in poverty, 66% unemployment rate, 90% renters without access to truly dignified housing, and the second lowest life expectancy rate in Cincinnati. As a result of these frustrations, alongside our neighbors, Community Matters responded with a vision that flipped the non-profit model on its head by challenging the idea that services alone are the answer to our needs. Instead, we believe that our community has the ability to meet its needs and to create long-term well-being through a collaboration among neighbors, businesses, and organizations.
Mission and Vision
Mission: To create a thriving and more just community by removing barriers to opportunity.
Vision: A city where all people hold the power to create opportunity.
What We Do
Our driving goal is to remove barriers to opportunity. Community Matters programs are designed to empower people to create opportunities, engage the community in the development process, create ways to serve together, and re-build the local economy through social entrepreneurship.
The concept of Community Matters grew from the energy and effort of the leadership of Education Matters; along with the expressed desire of the community. While education plays a key role in an individual’s ability to take control of the future; access to other types of opportunities are necessary in creating thriving and just neighborhoods. Education Matters and Community Matters share a vision of transforming the city from within by valuing the whole person, believing in the potential of each individual and creating opportunities for that potential to take form.
Community Matters is charged with listening to the voices of the Lower Price Hill community and seeking out new opportunities with our neighbors. We are rooted in the long history in Lower Price Hill.
For more information on the history of Education Matters click here.