Creating a Community Resource Guide for Visitacion Valley

At TechSoup, we’re all about community organizations coming together to improve the quality of life for citizens. So when I heard about a collaborative project between nonprofits, city agencies, and the local library happening in my own backyard (almost literally!), I knew I had to write about it.

The Visitacion Valley Resource Guide, available in both online and print formats, is a comprehensive guide to local elected officials, employment services, child care, parks and playgrounds, faith-based organizations, public safety, and more for this sometimes under-served San Francisco neighborhood.

Because many residents of Visitacion Valley don’t have Internet access at home and/or don’t speak English, it can be difficult for them to find local information. The resource guide, available both online and in print, helps connect people to neighborhood information.

A Nonprofit-Driven Community Project

The project was spearheaded by Real Options for City Kids (ROCK), a neighborhood nonprofit and TechSoup member. ROCK aims to promote positive development and long-term success of Visitacion Valley youth through in-school and after-school programs. I spoke with Curt Yagi, the executive director of ROCK, about how the guide came about and the collaborative work that went into it.

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