• Toledo, Ohio

ReInvest Toledo formed in 2015 as a partnership with the Lucas County Land Bank and the National Community Reinvestment Coalition (NCRC).

Mission

Reinvest Toledo exists to be a community connector that impacts residents in low and moderate-income communities in the City of Toledo. We perform our work in three distinct areas: Advocacy, Education, and Operating as a Community Connector.

ReInvest Toledo is an evolving coalition of neighborhood groups and institutional partners that are working to strengthen existing neighborhood organizations and link them to the necessary partners to cultivate change in low and moderate-income Toledo communities.

ReInvest Toledo was formed in 2015 as a partnership with the Lucas County Land Bank and the National Community Reinvestment Coalition (NCRC). NCRC advocates at the national level for banks to properly direct their reinvestment dollars into challenged communities via the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) of 1977.

Reinvest Toledo serves as a catalyst for neighborhood organizing, led by residents. We advocate for neighborhood investment from banks and community developers and provide a forum for neighborhood leadership to meet, plan, and strategize.

RT is only successful when the communities we partner with are successful. How does that happen? RT connects with a neighborhood group, the members learn their neighborhood story, identify assets and challenges within their community, and ACT. Our work is grassroots at its core, and we know that true change cannot happen without the input of community residents from the onset of the planning and implementation process.

Local-level reinvestment coalitions like RT, work with neighborhood leadership to help inform the national-level work by building capacity (strength in numbers) across LMI communities. ReInvest Toledo is a fully realized reinvestment coalition, and we cannot do this without the help of you! We invite you to join our efforts in truly driving change in Toledo communities. 

Our Staff

Amelia Gibbon

Executive Director

Crystal Taylor

Communications

Board of Directors

Montrice Terry

Vice Chair, The CityPark League Resource Group Inc.

Coleena Ali

Treasurer, City of Toledo

Dawn Frieson

Board Chair, Faith Rep
Bethlehem Church

Sommer Clayborne

Board Member, Developmental Specialist for the Lucas County Board of DD

Steven Seaton

Broadway Corridor Coalition

Shantae Brownlee

Lucas County Land Bank

Julia Hernandez

Board Secretary

Committees

All Coalition members are asked to serve on a committee. This aids in education, advocacy training and networking. Participation in creating change in a community is no easy task, but together, many hands make light work.

Legislative and Policy Committee


Charge:
to empower residents of Toledo’s LMI neighborhoods to become advocates for their neighborhoods by sharing knowledge of the nuts and bolts of government, legislation, and policy, as well as connecting them to resources that will help them develop their advocacy skills.

The LAP Committee spearheaded the Community Advocacy Training Series in 2023.

Read more about it here

Charlotte Lawson

Chair, Founder - One Street at a Time Neighborhood Association

Kara Jennings

Co-chair, Senior Attorney, Advocates for Basic Legal Equality

David Zavac

Regional Representative, Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur's Office

Kailyn Gullat

Intern at Advocates for Basic Legal Equality

Ryan Bunch

Studio Director, Toledo Design Collective

Lucas Camuso

Director of Government Relations & Advocacy,Toledo Lucas County Public Library

Voter Education

Charge: to collaborate with voter education providers, develop a strategy to connect, educate and inform disenfranchised audiences on voting practices to increase voter participation

The Voter Education Committee (VE) is comprised of community leaders committed to
social justice and community development. This committee is currently developing the Power Tour, a nonpartisan initiative.

Learn more

Dawn Frieson

Faith Based Representative, Bethlehem Church

Shardae Moss

Board member, One Street at a Time Neighborhood Association in North Toledo.

Lutricia Prater

Basileus for Iota Theta Sigma. The Toledo Chapter of Sigma Gamma Rho Inc

Finance Committee

Coleena Ali

Chair

Davona Pearce

Member

Steve Seaton

Member