The Raices Project
University of Iowa
About The Raices Project
Raíces is a four-state, four year project focused on building community capacity in rural Latino communities in Iowa, Minnesota, Idaho, and Oregon. The project is a partnership between the Northwest Area Foundation, the University of Iowa Institute for Support of Latino Families and Communities, and the Main Street Project (a Minnesota-based nonprofit organization associated with the long-standing League of Rural Voters). This partnership highlights Raíces' premise that long-term collaboration among organizations and community members is a means to build the capacity of rural Latino communities.
About our work
GreenRiver.org worked with Project staff and with Designers at SwayDesign.com to develop the project website. The site is bilingual, and includes a news feed, a mailing list, and other tools to facilitate community involvement in the work of the project. Of particular interest is the development of the Marcado database, a library of organizations with a very customized software interface built to the precise specifications of project staff. This site was deployed in late 2007.
We built a Mercado for the Raíces Project that allows users to 'shop' for resources and organizations related to their needs.