In 2006 a group of neighbors and friends in the community of Delaware, Ohio decided to get together and give the Second Ward community a way to reach out to each other, as well as, to all in Delaware.
We named our group the Unity Community Coalition. The group decided that we should have a community festival before the beginning of the school every year. It would be a fun filled day to benefit the children in the community. We helped provide school supplies, clothing, book bags and fun. We supplied families with information on health, housing, and who to contact when in need. We held a big celebration. It turned out so well that we have held a festival for the past 10 years.
It was a struggle along the way, going out and selling ads, getting donations and sponsors. But we did it! Our meetings were held in a beauty salon. We sold fish dinners, had yard sales, bake sales and ice cream socials. We did everything we could so that the community could have a day of fun and relaxation.
We realized the lack of consistent access to resources for pockets of our community members, so in 2010 we formed the Second Ward Community Initiative to address these gaps. The aligns with the City of Delawares’s goal, which is to promote a higher quality of life for the its citizens. In August of 2011, SWCI began working on developing a ommunity center to provide resources and serve the residents of Delaware City, paeticularly low income and high risk individuals in the Second Ward. In 2012, SWCI took possession of the city building which was transformed into the second Ward Community Center. We are located in the Second Ward but, We serve the entire Delaware community.