We would like to present facts and statistics on lead poisoning, as well as the value of lead prevention in a compelling manner to grab the attention of donors, supporters, and the community at large.
Visualizing the cost and impact of lead poisoning will strengthen our argument when advocating for policy changes and continued/enhanced programs for lead remediation and abatement.
Isles, Inc. is a community development and environmental organization based in Trenton, New Jersey. With a mission to foster self-reliant families and healthy, sustainable communities, we design and develop effective services that support this mission and share what we learn with others who can make a difference.
Isles believes that even the most distressed places (or "isles") hold untapped assets and human capacity. Isles revitalizes communities, trains and educates, builds wealth, and stimulates green, healthy living. Our range of services help develop green affordable homes, parks and community agriculture, operate a vocational high school and green job training center, support financial and credit building services, clean up environmental hazards, foster energy efficiency and promote healthy lifestyles. In addition, Isles encourages public policies that support family self-reliance and community health, as self-sufficiency and healthy environments are keys to sustainable communities.
Isles is committed to Trenton and other challenging communities in central New Jersey. While Mercer County is one of the wealthiest counties in the state, Trenton, the state capital, is one of New Jersey's poorest cities. With significantly high unemployment, and low graduation rates, residents must contend with unmaintained or abandoned housing stock, limited access to healthy, affordable food, and few economic opportunities. From an asset based community development perspective, Trenton has much to offer, historic sites, art galleries, neighborhood organizations, and the seat of state government offices mean that, as is true in most distressed areas, despite the statistics, there are opportunities. Through inclusive partnerships, Isles assists government and non-profit organizations in creating master plans to guide neighborhood revitalization.
For nearly 38 years, Isles has helped to build great places to live, work and play. In 2019, we supported over 70 community and school gardens, provided Isles Financial Solutions to over 500 employees, tested more than 300 Trenton homes for lead in water, soil and paint, facilitated the purchase of 13 homes and issued 118 first-time homebuyer certifications, and graduated 15 students through Isles Youth Institute.
Working with Shauna was great! She was able to turn the ideas discussed in a brief conversation into a beautiful infographic in no time! Once created, Shauna made herself available for edits and even created a second version, so that we had options to choose from. We are excited to use our new infographic and are convinced it will be a powerful tool in our toolkit! Thank you again, Shauna!
I could not have asked for a better experience volunteering with Isles! Kathryn, the project organizer and Isles’ lead outreach coordinator, was attentive in providing me with plenty of useful information and great feedback. I’m grateful I was chosen to take on a project for this organization!