Catch up on the latest announcements from RIZP
NEWS & ANNOUNCEMENTS
The collaboration, planning and expansion of community services for children and families in the Renton Innovation Zone Partnership to date would not have been possible without the generous financial support from The Ballmer Group, Boeing and the Renton Regional Community Foundation.
COMMUNITY COLLECTIVE PROVIDING STUDENTS AND FAMILIES IN RENTON AND SKYWAY WITH RESOURCES DURING COVID-19 - July 2nd 2020, South Seattle Emerald
The Renton Innovation Zone Partnership (RIZP) has emerged as an amazing community collective that works to support families in Skyway, West Hill, and the Renton Highlands with basic needs, early learning opportunities, and community and family engagement resources.
One major way RIZP has pivoted to support their communities is by starting a series of food pantries in Renton and Skyway. These pantries, which occur every Tuesday and Saturday, provide residents in the RIZ with free essentials such as food, masks, and diapers. In some cases, these pantries have encouraged communities to come together and even led to new volunteers joining RIZP.
Local groups pull together to support 12,000 families during pandemic - July 2nd 2020, Renton Reporter
Just as schools were about to shutdown for what ended up being the rest of the year, the RIZP had it’s most-attended meeting ever for its Basic Needs Action Team. It gave the groups involved with RIZP the ability to create a foundation for what would be the multiple supports for families in Skyway and the Highlands— some being hit hardest during this pandemic.
It’s important for our families to feel supported, especially during this unprecedented time. Before COVID-19 forced the stay at home order, many families in Skyway were already struggling to put food on the table. Now with many job cuts, school closures and restaurants closing, our families are experiencing an exponential need in food resources and essential basic needs
A team of AmeriCorps VISTA volunteers serving the Renton area this year are putting a spotlight on organizations and groups who do good for our community every day! This week, the light is on the Renton Innovation Zone Partnership.
With the Coronavirus pandemic, they have expanded their efforts to provide relief for the many families experiencing hardship. Their work is multi-faceted as they facilitate programs, advocate for resources, and bring organizations together to help solve problems.
The Renton Innovation Zone Partnership, or RIZP, started as an idea at a meeting of the Renton School District and other community partners in 2017. Over the months, that idea bloomed and developed into a solid plan, which was presented in the summer of 2018, alongside three action teams tasked with addressing community needs. These teams focus on early learning, basic needs, and community and family engagement.
Needs in Renton Innovation Zone (RIZ) schools are increasing, as displacement causes greater concern for student’s families. At Lakeridge, Campbell Hill, Bryn Mawr and Highlands elementary schools, there’s at least 105 homeless students, as defined by the McKinney Vento Homeless Assistance Act, 8 percent of the schools’ population.