Clayton County Resident Receives National Leadership Award
NeighborWorks America and ANDP honor Carol Yancey for her commitment and service
By Atlanta Neighborhood Development Partnership, INC. (ANDPI)
Clayton County resident and ANDP community board member Carol Yancey has been selected as one of five national recipients of the 2019 Dorothy Richardson Award for Resident Leadership by NeighborWorks America. Recognized for her transformative community development work, Yancey worked with her neighbors, local businesses, and nonprofits to help stabilize her neighborhood during and after the foreclosure crisis.
Given annually, the Dorothy Richardson Award is a competitive grant program that receives hundreds of nominations each year. Yancey was nominated by Atlanta Neighborhood Development Partnership (ANDP) for her unyielding efforts to stem increasing crime in her neighborhood and strengthen the sense of community among her neighbors. After starting a Neighborhood Watch program in her Oakwood Trails community, Yancey created a Back to School Neighborhood Block Party.
Now in its ninth year, the annual event has distributed more than 1,200 school supply bags, and its popularity continues to grow. With each block party and all of the Neighborhood Watch activities, the focus is on inclusion.
“I try to make all the events inclusive because we have a diverse neighborhood,” said Yancey. “We are all different, and we respect each other.”
The NeighborWorks America Dorothy Richardson Awards program, held October 18 at the Palmer House Hilton in Chicago, IL is a part of NeighborWorks America Community Leadership Institute, an annual event that works to build the skills of local leaders through training and networking. ANDP sent a team of eight metro Atlanta resident leaders, including Yancey, to the institute to create an action plan for a local improvement project they select. NeighborWorks America supports selected projects with a seed grant.
“Each year, the back-to-school block party grows in its impact fueled by Carol’s leadership and infectious enthusiasm,” said John O’Callaghan, ANDP president and CEO. “Carol cares deeply for her community. She inspires others to act. She is the true definition of a servant leader.”
The Dorothy Richardson Award for Resident Leadership was named for a Pittsburgh, PA resident and pioneer in the community-development movement who, more than five decades ago, was the inspiration for the creation of the agency that eventually became NeighborWorks America. For more than 20 years, the award has been bestowed by network members to honor outstanding achievements by devoted community leaders.
“Following in the footsteps of a remarkable resident leader, the honorees for the 2019 Dorothy Richardson Award for Resident Leadership observed a problem in their communities and stepped up to provide solutions,” said Marietta Rodriguez, president and CEO of NeighborWorks America. “And like the pioneer for who the award is named, this year’s awardees serve as role models in their communities. We honor and thank them for their resilience, tenacity and spirit, and recognize them for their hard work and for providing the example of how residents can lead the charge in making their communities and neighborhoods healthy, safe and supportive places for all who live there.”
To learn more about Yancey’s work and the 2019 Dorothy Richardson Award for Resident Leadership, visit www.neighborworks.org/drawards.