The Fillmore Merchants & Neighborhood Collaborative is a monthly gathering of merchants, community leaders, nonprofits, and faith-based organizations to collectively envision community and economic development initiatives for the Fillmore.
Nominations for the Collaborative’s Board of Directors are currently open. Please support us in nominating Fillmore community members and leaders to serve. Nominations close Friday, July 31 at 11:59 PST.
Nominations can be made at this link: https://bit.ly/2AJDN5I
Board Positions Available:
Complete membership form to become a member of the Fillmore Collaborative. Registration is required for everyone that wants to vote in the upcoming elections.
Thursday, August 6 from 2:00-3:30
Please join us for our next Collaborative meeting on to hear directly from nominated leaders and to cast your vote!
On August 23, 2018, Netsanet Alemayehu, Chef and Owner of Sheba Lounge and Janice (last name?) from Barcelon Jang Architecture called together local businesses, residents, churches and other stakeholders in the Fillmore to discuss the feasibility of a combined merchants and neighborhood association in the Fillmore. Once a quarter for a year, a small group of community members met under the name Fillmore South Collaborative to gather information and data from the community. This process was conducted in partnership with Andrea Baker Consulting (ABC) and the New Community Leadership Foundation (NCLF). From this exploration, a consensus was reached that an association of this type was needed to bring all aspects of the Fillmore community together under one umbrella to advocate for community needs. Based on input from stakeholders, the name of the group was changed to the Fillmore Merchants & Neighborhood Collaborative, or in short the Fillmore Collaborative.
In January of 2020, Andrea Baker Consulting and the New Community Leadership were awarded a grant of $45,000 by the Mayor’s Office of Economic & Workforce Development to provide capacity building and technical assistance to the Fillmore Merchants and Neighborhood Collaborative from January 2020 through December 2020. The grants objectives included supporting the Fillmore Merchants & Neighborhood Collaborative to increase membership, organize themselves, build a collective vision, advance their political power, and seek additional resources to support growth without displacement in their neighborhood.
Since January 2020, the Fillmore Collaborative has engaged over 500 community stakeholders. In March of 2020, a steering committee was established of committed volunteers to provide additional capacity and prepare the Collaborative for its first election of Board Members. Steering Committee Members include Pia Harris of Heritage Market SF, Tamara Walker of Citizen Film, Jess Mataka of ABC, Lily Robinson-Trezvant of NCLF, Jady Curry of NCLF, Ericka Scott of Honey Art Studio, Majeid Crawford of NCLF and Nicola Fleming of the OEWD.
In keeping with the critical shelter-in-place orders resulting from COVID-19, we’ve transitioned our meetings to a virtual format and have continued to provide timely, critical information to our constituents, via email and online meetings.
We’ve distributed financial resources for individuals and businesses, eviction prevention information, job listings and hosted panel discussions focused on coping with grief and stress-related matters during COVID-19.
In May 2020, we hosted a conversation about mental health with licensed therapists, support group leaders, and ministers.
Additionally, our Collaborative members have been leading relief efforts in our community, providing meal delivery to seniors, working with Fillmore businesses to launch an online delivery platform to support them with sales during this difficult time, making mini grants to black-owned businesses, and creating online arts enrichment content for youth.