Operation Better Block
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With initial funds provided by the Allegheny Conference on Community Development, the Program to Aid Citizen Enterprise (PACE), foundations, local businesses and corporations in 1970, Operation Better Block was born. In 1971, OBB was incorporated, with James Givner as founding Executive Director and Carrie Washington as Assistant Director. And in 1974, OBB become one of several select United Way member agencies in Allegheny County, focusing its energy and resources in Neighborhood and Community Development (NCD).
In 1977, after the untimely death of James Givner, Carrie Washington became the Executive Director of OBB, where she served for twenty-six (26) years. Under her direction, several accomplishments, including the creation of gender-specific youth programs and the Better Block Development Corporation (BBDC), were achieved. Upon her retirement in 2003, Aliya D. Durham assumed the directorship of OBB.