Our Mission & Vision
OUR VISION is a community where all are acknowledged, respected, and valued—and where all have a voice in decisions and are empowered to make positive change.
OUR MISSION is to facilitate community problem solving by bridging the gaps between community members, government officials, and other organizations. We build on people’s strengths and aspirations by providing the support they need to become changemakers and leaders in the community.
We use a grassroots approach to accomplish our vision and mission by:
- CONNECTING COMMUNITY MEMBERS: We are building a connected community of people who are committed to our vision for positive change in the Georgetown area.
- EMPOWERING NEIGHBORHOODS: We support neighborhoods in organizing themselves to take action on shared concerns and aspirations.
- CHAMPIONING CHANGEMAKERS: We provide the resources, support, and community connections people need to make change happen.
Originally founded as SEGCC – Southeast Georgetown Community Council, our organization was established in 2017 to address critical needs identified by low-income Georgetown residents participating in a 2015 needs assessment commissioned by the Georgetown Health Foundation (GHF). In 2019, a follow-up needs assessment was conducted to update findings from 2015, explore emerging needs, and evaluate the impact of responses to the 2015 assessment.
Findings from these needs assessments reflected critical needs in the areas of public transportation, affordable and quality housing, access to health foods and nutrition programs, language access in schools, bullying and mental health, reframing of power differentials in services, access to affordable legal and immigration services, and affordable after school activities. In addition, gaps include disconnection between decision makers in Georgetown and the community.
In 2021, SEGCC became GTX Connect, reflecting a shift in our approach to working with the community. We learned that people have the skill and the will needed to solve shared problems at a grass-roots level. Our role evolved to connecting and supporting our community’s Changemakers–people who recognize needs and are ready to take the lead and make change happen through community-based projects.