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A Day of Action: Building Community Resilience in Selma

On February 2nd, Selma High School's gymnasium transformed into a bustling hub of community service and support, hosting the largest in-person event of the first quarter—The Day of Action. This event was a powerful collaboration among WSFA News 12, the Selma-Dallas County United Way, Black Belt Community Foundation, and the Selma Center for Nonviolence, Truth, and Reconciliation (SCNTR).

The Day of Action drew 88 vendors from across the state converging to provide a wealth of information, resources, and services to the residents of Selma and Dallas County. From 9 AM to 1 PM, the gymnasium was vibrant with the energy of community workers and local residents eager to learn, connect, and access essential services.

With over 400 people visiting throughout the day one of the standout successes of the event was the dissemination of information about homeownership opportunities for first-time buyers, a critical step towards financial stability and community building. Also, the event served as a springboard for employment, with several attendees walking away with job prospects.

"Financial help, I needed it," shared one of the attendees, an example of the immediate benefits of the services provided. Another attendee expressed, "I got more help at the event than I had received in years," illustrating the profound relief and support that the Day of Action brought to many.

A bald man and two women with locs talking at a booth during t he Day of Action.
Street Outreach Worker Christy Harris builds community at the Day of Action.

The success of The Day of Action has set a positive precedent, and plans are already underway to replicate the event in 2025. As a core value of the SCNTR, and part of our mission statement, partnership with institutions and between various organizations, along with the active participation of the community are critical to building success and resilience in Selma and across Dallas County.

This day was about immediate aid, but also about planting seeds for long-term connection and resilience in the area. As we look forward to future events, the Day of Action is a powerful reminder of what can be achieved when communities come together to support one another.

For more on this inspiring event, check out the coverage by WSFA News 12:

And, to get updates about the next one as well as other events like it make sure to subscribe to the SCNTR’s monthly newsletter.


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