If you see people walking through the Mission District with orange vests and a clipboard in hand, don't run: they're not those con artists the cops have been warning you about as of late.
Starting this week, Mission Economic Development Agency (MEDA) will be sending volunteers into the community to collect information and data that will help the agency better understand the needs of its district residents. The survey is a federally mandated component of the initiative, The Mission Promise Neighborhood, a program that aims to help families flourish by following a cradle-to-college-to-career trajectory.
The survey results will help MEDA decide what services need to be pumped into a community -- fast. The bilingual volunteers will be targeting the Latino community in the Mission near Duboce Avenue and Dolores Street, asking residents questions about nutrition, children's issues, and economic status.
The survey has been a longtime coming. MEDA Executive Director Luis Granados had been pushing to find a way to assess the needs of the Latino community for years. Needless to say, he's ecstatic that this federal program is happening. In a MEDA blog post, Granados says, "To send out a dedicated team of staff and volunteers to ask 1,000 Mission District Families about their concerns and issues translates to MEDA better understanding of the service integration necessary."
The survey echoes similar efforts in the Mission District to celebrate and assist the Latino community in the area such as Calle 24, a proposal for a Latino Cultural District from 24th and Mission to Portrero Avenue. The survey will be conducted through May 30. If you've felt unheard, now's your time to speak up.