Impacts to Community
One Free Community (OFC) has generated a range of real-world impacts through its innovative approach to community engagement. Some of these impacts include:
1. Inclusive Events and Connections: events such as “Accessible Virtual Pride Collaboration” and “Online Clothes Swaps,” have provided spaces where historically marginalized communities can connect. These events bridge geographical barriers and provide safe, inclusive environments for those who might otherwise be excluded from traditional gatherings.
2. Resource Sharing and Mutual Aid: OFC’s commitment to mutual aid and radical generosity has resulted in tangible support within the community. Events such as the “Building a Co-Op” project and “Barter Up Collaboration.” Members are empowered to share resources, skills, and support, leading to a more resilient and interconnected community.
3. Empowerment: The “Small Business Startup Support Group” within OFC showcases how the community empowers entrepreneurs and small business owners. By sharing knowledge, offering advice, and collaborating, members are able to overcome challenges and pursue their dreams, fostering economic growth within the community.
4. Breaking Isolation: Many have expressed that they were able to attend their first-ever Pride event through the “Accessible Virtual Pride Collaboration.” This highlights how OFC’s events and initiatives are breaking isolation and providing a sense of belonging for individuals who have historically felt marginalized or excluded.
5. Equity and Social Justice Advocacy: Through discussions on topics like “Surviving Capitalism” and “Community Plans and Conversations,” OFC members engage in critical conversations about equity, social justice, and dismantling systemic oppression. This advocacy work contributes to raising awareness and driving meaningful change.
6. Cultivating Connection: OFC’s unique third space concept has created an environment where people from diverse backgrounds can genuinely connect, collaborate, and build relationships. This sense of community and shared purpose is fostering a deeper sense of belonging and emotional support among members.
7. Inspiring Collective Action: The OFC model demonstrates how individuals, when united by common values, can collectively initiate projects, events, and discussions that address societal challenges and promote positive change.
One Free Community’s impact extends beyond the digital realm, influencing how individuals interact, support one another, and work together to create a more equitable and inclusive world.
About the Author
Jesenia, a collaborator with Calling Up Justice and cofounder of One Free Community, is working to build a more equitable and inclusive world via collective action by building communities. Learn more on her Website or Read Jesenia’s Bio.