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The WOW Factor!

Earlier this month our entire staff gathered together for a staff retreat.  We enjoyed lunch together and then spent the afternoon reflecting on the past year and then dreaming about what could come in the next.  As part of our reflections, we all shared “WOW” moments that inspired and touched us and now I’d like to share some of those with you:   “National Night Out – the first city-wide event organized in partnership with…

Every Child Matters

July 1st marks a momentous occasion for our community.  That’s the day that Springfield’s first Child Advocate, Dana Carroll, begins full-time and kicks off one of the most exciting opportunities our community has had in a long time, the Every Child Initiative.  We are so proud to share Dana because truly who else is a perfect fit to rally the community for this important cause?  She’s dedicated her career and personal life to children and…

Making A Few Changes

At this time of year, we are usually working feverishly to get out invitations and finalizing our plans for our annual meeting.  Not this year.  This year we are doing things differently.  We’ve decided that it’s time for a change and we are excited about it! Why change?  Well, there are many reasons.  June is the end of our fiscal year and so we are really busy winding down many different grants and contracts.  Vacations…

Thoughts on Thursdays

If you hang around the Community Partnership offices much, you will learn that Thursdays are a special day.  For some reason, we tend to get good news and we also have some great things happening on Thursdays. Like our Baby & Me monthly meetings that are offered at the main office on the last Thursday night of each month.  Just a few weeks ago, our board room was filled with at least 15 young parents…

New Year – New Conversations

This year I’ve been having a lot of meetings.  Meetings with board members, with community leaders, with staff, with neighbors, with the media.  Asking a lot of questions.  Primarily “what do you see as Community Partnership’s role in the community?  What are our strengths? Our challenges?” The great news is I’ve heard a lot of consistent answers—facilitator, community convener, collaborator.  Our strengths—the ability to pull people together to work on issues, our flexibility and willingness…
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