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Building Strong Neighborhoods & Communities

Building Strong Neighborhoods & Communities
A while back in a previous blog, I talked about how we are meeting the needs of the community while also meeting our mission of building resilient children.  I thought it was time to give an update on how we are also meeting our mission of building strong neighborhoods & communities. To help build strong neighborhoods & communities, we focus on community engagement and capacity building to help build relationships and social capital, to give…

Housing Crisis and the Community’s Response

Did you see the news report on KY3 last month about the trailer park in crisis?  On March 3rd, 54 residents of a local trailer park received a 60-day eviction notice. On March 9th, the water for the entire park was shut off due to lack of payment by the lot owner.  That’s 16 families, including 21 children, 2 senior citizens, 2 veterans, and 12 family pets, with no water and nowhere else to go. …

Gratitude and a Season of Thanksgiving

Gratitude and a Season of Thanksgiving
“Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgiving, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings.”  William Arthur Ward Gratitude is something I try to practice and show every day.  And this time of year, it seems to be a little easier and present because the world seems more focused on it as well.  The Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday season really is a special time to be thankful for our families, caring friends,…

A Hand Up for Our Veterans

Thanks to a grant from the U.S. Department of Labor, we are proud to co-sponsor an event that aims to serve homeless veterans and veterans in need in our community—the Veterans Stand Down.  The original Stand Down for homeless veterans, offered in San Diego in 1988, was modeled after the Stand Down concept used during the Vietnam War to provide a safe retreat for units returning from combat operations. At secure base camp areas, troops…

Building Resilient Children

Building Resilient Children
Sometimes we hear “you all do a lot” at Community Partnership!  And yes, that’s true.  As an organization tasked with responding to community issues and acting as a hub for collaboration in our community, it’s part of the deal.  But also part of the deal is our mission--to build resilient children, healthy families and strong neighborhoods & communities—and everything we “do” must work towards meeting that mission.  So what are we “doing” now to meet…

Volunteers: Building a Stronger Community

When people ask me how we get it all done and in such an effective way, I always say we have an amazing team.  That is so true!  We also have some amazing volunteers.  Over the years, when funding was cut yet our staffing levels remained the same, expectations have grown and we have met those expectations consistently.  This is not an easy task…doing more with less.  Most non-profits understand this struggle and we are…

Impacting Poverty: Impacting Everyone

Coming into 2014 there were many things to be excited about and grateful for, especially our community’s focus on key issues in the community…early childhood, child abuse and neglect, and poverty.  Community Partnership is proud to be a part of all of these efforts.  Our role in the community is to partner with others to make our community a place we all want to live in.  This means focusing on those key issues with intention…

Working Together to Tackle Community Issues

Continuing on the theme of thanksgiving and collaboration from my last blog, I want to share an update about our Community Collaborative Initiative, which is driven by more than 500 agency, government, business, and community leaders and volunteers and is the foundation of the work we do here at Community Partnership. Yesterday we held a press conference to announce the Child Abuse and Neglect (CAN) Collaborative and it’s six priorities to the community. This is extremely…

A Season of Thanksgiving

Going into this holiday season, we have a lot to be thankful for in our community.  Sure, we have issues.  You just have to read about the red flags in the Community Focus Report to know that.  However, we also have many, many blue ribbons and things to be proud of.  So let's focus on the positive and give a shout out to those! Like our community's giving nature and resiliency.  Every week you can see examples…

Collaboration: Because Together We Are Stronger

As we move forward from our annual meeting last month with our theme for the year “Deeply Rooted and Branching Out.,” collaboration is front and center in our minds here at Community Partnership.  We know that our work cannot be done in isolation so I’d like to share a little about a few of our key collaborative partnerships that have helped us remain deeply rooted while also helping us branch out. Our partnership with Springfield…
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