North Florida Educational Development Corporation, (NFEDC) is a grass-roots organization committed to empowering individuals and families in Gadsden, Liberty, Jackson, Calhoun and Gulf counties. NFEDC also ensures that the needs of low-income communities are top priority. The by-laws of the organization requires 51% of the Board's input, who are low-income community residents.
It is our Vision that each one
of us has a right to a just an equitable society; We must build our communities where families can live in a safe and profitable environment. They must be able to feed their families, educate their children, provide adequate healthcare and pursue happiness.
The Mission is to empower
individuals and families in Gadsden County to become more self-determined, self-sufficient, and self-sustaining; to develop mechanisms for direct involvement of all citizens and create a climate in which the community is able to develop cooperative solutions to individuals and community problems.
The Mandates create opportunities to assist families in building wealth. Raise/Train and mentor young leaders. Develop and use technology to connect communities.
NFEDC is located in the panhandle of North Florida. We have worked primarily in Gadsden County and in some poor surrounding counties.
These counties are predominately African-Americans with a continued influx of Hispanics and Haitian population. In order to improve people lives, NFEDC maintain a life-line to basic needs. Low-income families came and we trained, while developing leaders and volunteers. In return, they were able to help themselves as well as other.
NFEDC began in 1986 as Project HOPE, a literacy program that has expanded to the Jericho Organizing Project and the Food Sharing Cooperative. These programs were designed to alleviate hunger.
NFEDC targeted young people and established Youth Build Gadsden in 1998. This program primary focus is to assist youths on getting back on a productive track.
Over the years, NFEDC has expanded and evolved our constituency, geographical area and focus.
NFEDC is a basic human rights community organization that fights threats to education, homelessness, hunger, healthcare, jobs, and modern day slavery.
Carolyn Ford, ED.S - Executive Director - Non Profit Organization, connecting and changing families while building communities.
"A common cause for a common people, while caring and sharing."