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Our Legacy

The pre-Civil War Quakers of East Linden Street invited those escaping slavery to stay, build lives in Kennett Square, and become partners in the dangerous work of helping others get to freedom. As members of the large community centered on this important neighborhood, we respond today to the call to take extraordinary measures to care for each other.

Our Mission

The Carter CDC works to improve the quality of life in the East Linden Neighborhood of Kennett Square and in the surrounding communities of southern Chester County.

Our Vision

We are building a neighborhood that is affordable and has a high quality of life, a place where possibilities are in reach for neighbors who are working to build their own privilege.

Residents are proud of the East Linden Neighborhood, and there is a sense of community, a feeling that there are significant benefits to living here.

We value empowerment over helplessness – “learning to fish” is far better than waiting for fish to appear. Our community’s children are happy, successful, and well educated; their lives are stable, and they are safe.

We value diversity, and we are committed to living well together. We take small steps every day that move our neighborhood forward, building on a 165-year legacy of people who live here taking care of each other.