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One of the many definitions of “closing the digital divide” is to deliver important information to the community in real-time. Today, at the University of Minnesota’s Urban Research Outreach/Engagement Center or UROC in north Minneapolis, staff and approximately 100 community volunteers came together to make sure the “human needs” were met. The Urban Research Outreach/Engagement Center (UROC), staff, volunteers and the organizations that donated to the research facility should be commended. (Video/Photos: IBNN NEWS 2011 All rights reserved)
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By Donald W.R. Allen, II – Editor in Chief/IBNN NEWS and Black Politics in Minneapolis
Minneapolis, MN. (IBNN NEWS/May 26, 2011)…Call it what you want. It’s not too often research center organizes and mobilizes to assist a community that’s been devastated by an act of God. That’s what’s happening in north Minneapolis at 2001 Plymouth Avenue North at UROC – staff, administrators and volunteers are “UROC’N” the north side.
The staff and administrators put out a call last night (5/25) at 4 p.m. asking for volunteers to walk the community and make sure residents had “people needs” – food, water, resources and someone to talk to about information if needed. The response was overwhelming.
UROC’s executive director Heidi L. Barajas, Ph.D told IBNN NEWS, “Yesterday we got a call from someone that didn’t speak much English. It was our pleasure to assist that person by understanding them and guiding them to the right resources.”
Lauren Stark, Research Assistant for CEED (Center for Early Education and Development) at UROC said, “I think that it’s great that UROC staff and administration can come together with the community and volunteers and help the out.”
The effort of UROC and other community development organizations like The Neighborhood Hub, The Prayer Center and others are to be commended. This is the foundation for positive urban development.
Below are some of the photos from UROC’s efforts. If you are interested in volunteering at Urban Research and Outreach/Engagement Center, please stop by the building located at 2001 Plymouth Avenue North tomorrow morning at 9 a.m. – there will be a brief orientation after you sign-up.
“UROC’s effort might go on into the weekend, the staff is willing to go the extra mile to make sure our community is alright,” said Barajas.
Some photo’s from today’s deployment.