Each Groundwork’s purpose is to build sustainable communities through joint environmental action: empowering people, creating better places and helping to bring about prosperity. The Groundwork USA network is built on partnerships linked together by the Groundwork USA national office, with support from the Environmental Protection Agency Brownfields Program and the National Park Service Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance Program. Projects and activities are organized into six program areas as part of an integrated approach to community rejuvenation: land, brownfields, education, business, youth and communities.
In cities across America, Groundwork organizations have proven effective mechanisms for revitalizing underutilized and vacant or brownfield properties for productive community reuse and creating pathways to success for local youth. The partners at Make Communities were both involved in the early stages of Groundwork Buffalo, working with a broad group of organizational partners and the National Parks Service, and then later as members of the Urban Regeneration Task Group of the Western New York Environmental Alliance.
As the job posting states, this position provides a great opportunity for an entrepreneurial Executive Director to build on past successes and grow the organization to reach its potential.