Urban Action Network Past Projects

Education, Advocacy, Engagement & Outreach

Fight Flu Campaign

In November 2020, UAct Launched the Fight Flu campaign funded in partnership with Jane Ford. Jane has been a regular supporter of UAct’s outreach efforts since 2019. She contacted Sheila with her concern about the lack of attention being paid to the Flu and Sheila and Jane teamed up to support a mini-Fight Flu campaign that[…]

Vote By Mail Promotional Campaign

Because of the 2020 pandemic, voting early and by mail and drop box became critical to ensuring voter engagement. To respond, UAct ran a Vote-By-Mail promotional campaign targeting three East Springfield census tracks starring Mike Williams on video for social media and DeAndre and Jonathon Harrington conducting direct outreach with UAct-developed post cards.

Neighborhood Outreach COVID

UAct was one of 85 local organizations that received a COVID-19 Response Fund grant in 2020 from the Community Foundation for the Land of Lincoln and United Way of Central Illinois. We used the $5000 grant to support two outreach workers, DeAndre Neal and Jonathon Harrington, and supplies. Four culturally responsive flyers were created by[…]

Pillsbury Forward

Outreach Worker DeAndre Neal worked with UAct partner, Chris Richmond, to assist his newly formed group Pillsbury Forward to canvass Pillsbury area neighborhoods with information on a community forum to discuss solutions to the unique problems of this area.

Springfield Park District 

In 2020, UAct contracted with the Springfield Park District to employ our outreach workers DeAndre and Aaron to disseminate Summer Program Guides throughout East Springfield and surrounding communities. OWs also disseminated 150 flyers to promote the Kiwanis Park Movie night to area families. Our outreach across East Springfield helped the Park District reach new audiences[…]

LEVITT Music Festival

Beginning in 2020, UAct contracted with Downtown Springfield Inc & partners to use Neighborhood Outreach Workers to conduct outreach for the downtown Levitt Music Series held every Thursday night on the “Y Block” in Springfield.  DSI and UAct funded a campaign to utilize our two Outreach Workers, DeAndre Neal and Aaron Pinkston-El and Organizational Partner,[…]

Springfield Mass Transit District

In our first Partner Campaign in 2019, Friends of Transit, SMTD, and the Urban Action Network teamed up to assist SMTD assess their new route system. With input from the partners, UAct developed a 14-question survey that included rider demographics and satisfaction questions. Ninety-six individual riders were surveyed and their feedback provided SMTD with helpful information[…]

Home Fire Safety Canvass

After Springfield Fire Department Division Chief, Chris Richmond, spoke to REAP at its monthly meeting, Sara Jacobs coordinated a neighborhood canvass of the Glen Aire neighborhood distributing materials about the Springfield Fire Department’s free smoke alarm program and discussing home safety with residents.