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Our Mission

For Richmond is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting job, health, safety and educational opportunities for Richmond residents. Working together with all community members, we seek to actively transform the city we call home.

Our Priorities: Jobs, Health, Safety and Education

Our four mission pillars are the foundation of our work and constitute the core areas where we help Richmond residents help themselves—creating an all-around better community in the process.

JOBS

Richmond Jobs
At For Richmond, we are dedicated to helping Richmond residents create brighter futures by connecting them to career opportunities in our community.

Our work encompasses helping residents remove the barriers that are in the way of them obtaining meaningful employment through our Job Barrier Removal Program, promoting expanded support of other vocational and trade training programs, linking locals to employment opportunities spurred by large-scale construction projects that arise in our city—and advocating on their behalf—and informing the community about ongoing current job openings.

HEALTH

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Promoting the health and wellness of Richmond residents is of vital importance to us. To this end, we work diligently to connect our community members to the latest health resources, information and opportunities that enable them to personally thrive.

As one facet of our efforts, we collaborated with partners to transform an old dilapidated play lot into Santa Fe Union Park—a beautiful urban oasis where our community can enjoy basketball, futsal, children’s play structures and other healthy activities. On an ongoing basis, we seek to increase access to fresh and nutritious food for Richmond residents to promote everyday healthy living.

SAFETY

Richmond Safety
To achieve our community’s collective vision of a transformed Richmond, safety must be a major priority. While we have made significant strides toward realizing a safer city in recent years, there is still work to be done. For Richmond stands as an ally to public safety officers, emergency personnel, justice advocates, victims of violence and everyone working to make the city we love a place where we can peacefully coexist.

Our related work has ranged from sponsoring the installment of security cameras along Richmond’s 23rd Street corridor to supporting the building and opening of the WCC Family Justice Center, to connecting victims of violence to life-changing opportunities, to being harbingers of holiday cheer for families impacted by homicide. We know that Richmond is so much more than those high-crime headlines…And we are here to help prove it.

EDUCATION

Richmond Education
We believe that creating a better Richmond starts with ensuring our youth receive a quality education and access to life-enriching opportunities. As part of our work, we sponsor a For Richmond HBCU Connection summer college-prep experience for local high school students, a Richmond Rising Leadership Program for young adults ages 19-30 years of age and STEM-based Chabot to Go science nights at local elementary schools. Additionally, our partnership in the African-American Support Collaborative addresses the achievement gap between African-American students and their peers at local high schools.

Our organization also supports a diverse range of educational initiatives, including linking Richmond students to scholarship and internship opportunities and sponsoring education-related activities. We were at the advent of the groundbreaking Richmond Promise Scholarship Program and remain an ardent and active educational advocate for Richmond’s children.

OUR HISTORY

Founded in 2012, our mission pillars of jobs, health, safety and education—our organization’s key focus areas—arose in response to a survey of Richmond residents that found these issues to be our city’s highest priorities.

For Richmond is fortunate to have a dynamic group of local business and community leaders on our Steering Committee that employ their unique experience and vision in helping guide our organizational roadmap. Learn more about our Steering Committee here.

Since our inception, our hands-on work has had many incarnations, from advocating for causes like the WCCC Family Justice Center and Berkeley Global Campus at Richmond Bay, to organizing an out-of-state summer college prep program for Richmond students, to revitalizing Santa Fe Union Park, to helping prep residents for construction trade careers, to hosting local community events and so much more.

Richmond is a community in need. For Richmond’s work involves joining people together from throughout our city to develop solutions to those needs. It’s what this community has asked for and it’s also a key reason we’ve been so successful to date.

To learn more about For Richmond, we encourage you to subscribe to our popular weekly e-newsletter here, explore our website, follow us on social media by clicking the links on our homepage or contact us at info@4richmond.org or 510.260.0290.

Our Staff

Our small but mighty team—all of whom are Richmond residents—are proud to be part of our city’s positive transformation and are filled with the “We can do it!” Richmond spirit.

Kyra Worthy - Executive Director

kyra@4richmond.org

Kathy Chouteau - Communications Director

kathy@4richmond.org

Monica Boyd - Resident Services Coordinator Pullman Point Apartments

monica@4richmond.org

Our Board & Steering Committee

For Richmond’s board of directors encompass a diverse group of business and community development leaders. A list of our board members is provided below. For Richmond’s board can be contacted at info@4richmond.org.

Joey Schlemmer

Board Chair

Jim Russey

Board Member

Jeffrey Wright

Board Secretary

Dora Wong

Board Member

Xavier Abrams

Board Treasurer

Julie Waters

Board Member

For Richmond’s steering committee is comprised of public safety, labor, education and health professionals; a list is provided below. For Richmond’s steering committee can be contacted at info@4richmond.org.

Bea Roberson - Chair of For Richmond

Richmond Neighborhood Coordinating Council

Dr. Desmond Carson - Chair of the Health Committee

Associate Medical Director, Urgent Care, Lifelong Medical

Willie Hicks - Chair of the Jobs Committee

President, Laborers Local 324

Madeline Kronenberg - Chair of Education Committee

Member, WCCUSD Board of Education

Andres Abarra
Patient Advocate, Lifelong Medical
Xavier Abrams
Mechanics Bank
Andrew Barbara
Richmond Police Officers Association
Lucinda Bazile
Lifelong Medical
Ken Burns
Operator Engineers Local 3
Mike Croll
District Representative, Operating Engineers Local 3
Vince Courtney
Business Representative, Laborers Union Local 261
Oscar De La Torre
Business Manager Northern California District Council of Laborers
Amanda Elliott
Executive Director, Richmond Main Street Initiative
Joe Fisher
President, Coronado Neighborhood Council
Bilan Jirde
Patient Advocate, Lifelong Medical
Per Lorenzton
Chevron
Bielle Moore
Richmond Sanitary/Republic Services
Katrinka Ruk
Executive Director, Council of Industries
Jim Russey
President, Richmond Firefighters Local 188
Ben Therriault
Richmond Police Officer & Richmond Police Officers Assn. President
Linda Whitmore
Santa Fe Neighborhood Council
Naomi Williams
Richmond Neighborhood Coordinating Council
Dora Wong
Coca Cola