Something magical happens when you bring people together to solve a problem… the ideas flow… the energy crackles… a feeling of community is built… like mobilizing for a disaster… the focus is on the issue and those who need help, as it should be.
What if other issues were approached in the same manner? Identify the problems. Assemble a group of people from the community. Talk and listen. Make a plan together. Divide up the work. Take action. Help people and build capacity for nonprofits. Touch base with each other to see how the work is progressing. Solve problems.
When you break it down, it makes complete sense. Yet, it doesn’t happen that way, because each person and organization does their “thing” separately, often without knowing what others might be doing to address the same issue. Fostering a coordinated effort that involves the community as a whole is the role of the Civic Engagement Council.
We have identified the top three issues of Veterans/Military Families, Arts & Culture, and Disaster Response as a priority for our area. Now, we are assembling Task Forces for each issue so the real work can begin. And we need your help… nonprofits, business leaders, higher education, government, individuals. Your input is crucial to making real change and addressing the issues that impact us all as members of the community.
Stakeholders Inc. is committed to providing a Town Hall meeting forum for all parties to voice concerns and ideas and to listen to each other. The Civic Engagement Council will serve as the neutral facilitator in gathering information in order to identify areas for improvement and build consensus on action items. All parties at the table will be encouraged to work together in a “many hands make light work” concept.
Action items will be identified as a group and taken on as a group. Together, the Task Forces will form a plan for moving forward and work toward real solutions that are coordinated and effective. We will track progress and keep all parties informed of the status of each project. Supporting the work of the Task Forces will be the priority of the Stakeholders’ Civic Engagement Council.
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