BY ARIN SHATTO, COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT AMERICORPS VISTA, THE HUB
Residents from the six participating Blueprint Communities – including Kingwood, Lewis County, Meadow River Valley, Monticello Neighborhood of Clarksburg, New Martinsville, and Parsons in West Virginia – met up recently.
Participants from each team shared the successes they have experienced thus far. Those victories ranged from engaging business meetings; getting technical assistance support to gain valuable skills needed to reach their goals; making meaningful connections with community partners; increasing community engagement; applying for grants; and beyond.
Confidence radiated from the faces of those who spoke of their team’s accomplishments. It filled the room with an inspiring energy that was felt by all.
It is evident that these six teams are in it for the long haul and are committed to continue showing up for their communities!
Our team at The Hub, including Blueprint community coaches Eric Pories, Kaycie Stushek, and Amanda Workman-Scott, is exceedingly proud of the pride and commitment to growth that these communities have showed since the beginning of the program.
In the coming months, the Blueprint Community teams will continue to outline outcomes, tasks, actions steps for their strategic plans, and celebrate each win along the way. They will each host an event in their community to share goals and invite others to join the movement and work together to make a difference in their community.