What better way to show your hometown some love than by joining the Community Redevelopment Agency! That’s what Dominique did, and he’s already making a great impact bettering Delray’s community members.
During the week, you’ll find him working at the Arts Warehouse with Grace Gdaniec, Arts Warehouse manager, but he’s also busy on the Saturdays at the Delray Beach GreenMarket where he facilitates the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).
While he’s excited to continue to grow in his role at the program assistant, which he’s held since November 2021, he is also excited to see the CRA programs he’s involved with grow.
“As for Arts Warehouse, I’m very excited for the Warehouse Market on April 23. We’ve been planning it for a while, and I can’t wait to see it through,” said Dominique Pelissier, 24. “Another project is ‘See & Do,’ our youth tour sessions. Having groups of kids in a few weeks ago with our resident artists was so nice and hope to see it happen more often. On the other side, we launched SNAP benefit doubling at the Delray GreenMarket through Fresh Access Bucks and it has been going very well. I am eager to see the program grow.”
At the Arts Warehouse, he helps with installing exhibitions and setup for workshops/rentals/events, social media, design, and more.
For his role at the GreenMarket, he reimburses the vendors who accept SNAP at the GreenMarket during the week and makes sure everything is good to go for the SNAP program for the upcoming Saturday. On the day of the Market, he runs the SNAP tent and makes the SNAP transactions and the Feeding Florida Fresh Access Bucks matching. At the end of the Market, he reconciles all the transactions with the vendors and record the post-Market information.
Pelissier finds the best part about his job is meeting so many artists, creatives, and people in general. He loves Delray’s interesting crowd and loves being a part of it. A born and raised Delray-ian, he believes that the people in Delray are what make the city so unique because they come from all walks of life, making things interesting.
“I’m very hopeful [for the future.] I’ve only been with the CRA a few months and I already feel so proud to have been a part of something bigger than myself,” said Pelissier, who also ran promotions and helped with marketing for his college radio station. “I can see a lot more exciting programs in the future and that means the CRA may need me for some assistance!”
Here’s to a great future working together to grow the CRA’s programs for the benefit of the community!