BY ARIN SHATTO, COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT AMERICORPS VISTA, THE HUB
The six Blueprint Communities teams are taking unique approaches to bringing their fellow residents into the conversation about the future of their communities.
Lewis County decided to host four mini-kickoff celebrations in areas across the county, including Hampton, Alum Bridge, Ireland, and Jane Lew, leading up to a larger community celebration event – all with the aim of engaging more people and more perspectives in their work.
New Martinsville hosted an engaging community meeting and set up stations where participants could share their perspectives and vote for the priority they were most passionate about. You can check out a news story that captured the event here.
Meadow River Valley, which is comprised of Rainelle, Rupert, and Quinwood in Greenbrier County, coordinated a community gathering at Fruits of Labor and had more than sixty community members and other supporters attend. During the event, participants heard about community project successes, learned more about the Blueprint program, and shared thoughts on their vision for the future.
Community kickoff celebrations are also set to be held in Parsons, the Monticello Neighborhood of Clarksburg, and Kingwood. Parsons plans to gather community members at the local park, have stations for feedback on the priorities, and offer ice cream as a reward for participating. Monticello is organizing a walk, based on the idea of being “on the right path,” from a community garden to to a local building. Lewis County is planning a pool party for their folks to unite as a collective community and select a priority together. Kingwood is arranging a community forum to invite community members in an engaging conversation where priorities will be explained in detail. The results will be captured via survey.
The details for each of the remaining community kickoffs are listed below. Please consider joining in on the fun and observe the beginning of this exciting journey.
- Parsons: Friday, July 19 from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
- Monticello Neighborhood of Clarksburg: Sunday, July 21 from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
- Lewis County: Wednesday, July 24 at 6:00 p.m.
- Kingwood: Thursday, July 25 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
If you have any questions about these events, please contact Kaycie Stushek, Director of the Blueprint Communities Program, at firstname.lastname@example.org.