Formed in 2009, the South Wilmington Planning Network (SWPN) is a collaborative partnership of residents and dozens of government, non-profit, and private agencies who work together to improve quality of life in the Southbridge neighborhood of Wilmington, Delaware.
Southbridge is an historic, African-American, working-class neighborhood of 1,300. The community struggles with environmental and health concerns, high unemployment and a poverty rate of 30% – nearly three times the state average.
Our initiatives are centered around:
- Built and Natural Environmental, Workforce, and Economic Development
- Health Care and Preventative Services
- Youth Development and Programs
HELP SAVE OUR COMMUNITY GARDEN!
Please consider signing a petition to help save our Southbridge community garden. You can read more about our petition and sign here.
Please also consider donating to our fund to raise enough money to match the developers offer and purchase the garden property here.
SOUTHBRIDGE YOUTH FARM STAND AND POPUP FARMERS MARKET
The Southbridge Youth Farm Stand and Popup Farmers Markets are a community-building effort that serve to increase access to fresh and organic produce for local residents.
BUILD YOUR OWN RAIN BARRELS!
Rain barrels help to elevate flooding in the area, control mosquito populations, and are cheap and easy to make.
Check out how University of Delaware students spent their MLK Day of Service to create rain barrels for Southbridge here!
BYWAY BUCKS ARE HERE!
The Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Byway runs through Southbridge. “Byway Bucks” are coupons that offer discounts at participating stores along the route. Get your byway bucks here!