MISSION: We are driven by a single goal; to do our part in making the community a better place for all. WE ARE LINDEN strives to build healthy relationships at all levels of our community. We pride ourselves on being the A.R.E in WE ARE LINDEN—Actively, Restoring and Empowering the community.
What does “Community-Led” mean to WE ARE LINDEN?
WE ARE LINDEN is a shining example of a community-led initiative that embodies the true spirit of collective action and empowerment. Founded by a native of the South Linden neighborhood of Columbus, Ohio, the organization has grown from a humble neighborhood block party into a transformative force within the community.
What sets WE ARE LINDEN apart is its deep roots and genuine connection to the neighborhood. Executive Director Ralph Carter's experience growing up in Linden and his commitment to giving back have provided the foundation for the organization's work. This authentic connection enables WE ARE LINDEN to truly understand the aspirations, challenges, and needs of the community it serves.
What We Do:
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 build together to support a strong and healthy Linden through community engagement, mentorship, and outreach.
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
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
“Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see”