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WE ARE LINDEN is a shining example of a community-led initiative that embodies the true spirit of collective action and empowerment. Founded by Ralph Carter, a native of South Linden, Columbus, Ohio, the organization has evolved from a humble neighborhood block party into a powerful force for positive change within our community.

What truly sets WE ARE LINDEN apart is its deep roots and genuine connection to the neighborhood. Born and raised in Linden, Ralph Carter’s personal experiences and unwavering commitment to giving back have provided the solid foundation for all our work. Ralph often says, "I am a product of my environment, and good things can come from Linden." His authentic connection and heartfelt dedication enable WE ARE LINDEN to truly understand the aspirations, challenges, and needs of the community we serve.

Ralph’s journey is a testament to the potential within Linden, and under his leadership, WE ARE LINDEN continues to foster pride, unity, and empowerment among our residents. Our initiatives reflect his belief in the power of community and the importance of creating opportunities for our youth. With Ralph at the helm, we are not just addressing immediate needs but also inspiring hope and paving the way for a brighter future for everyone in Linden.

Our Mission: We are driven by a single goal: to make our community a better place for all. WE ARE LINDEN builds healthy relationships and prides itself on being the A.R.E—Actively, Restoring, and Empowering the community.


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Building a Stronger Linden:

WE ARE LINDEN uses a 3-prong strategy designed to support, empower, and provide high-quality resources to our community in a safe and secure environment. Our programs and resources work together to build a strong and healthy Linden through community engagement, mentorship, and outreach.

Our Initiatives


The Ambassador Program

1. Block By Block Initiative

2. We Are Cleaning Initiative

WE ARE Mentors Program

1. We Are Block History Initiative

2. We Are For the Culture Initiative

3. We Are Good Brothers, Good Sisters Initiative

4. Jays for A’s Initiative

Community-Building Events

1. Wear Orange Anti-Violence Community Tailgate

2. The Linden Block Party 614

3. MLK March in Linden

4. Trunk or Treat

5. Youth Turkey Bowl

6. Community Love Toy Drive


Columbus, OH 43211

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