BY KAYCIE STUSHEK, COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMS SPECIALIST, THE HUB
For the past two years, The Hub has collaborated with hundreds of West Virginians to identify critical needs and opportunities for the community development field in the state. We have heard clearly through this process about the need for an aligned, collaborative network to tie together the people in West Virginia who are building up strong communities across the state.
The newly forming Community Collaborative Network will support people working in community development (both in volunteer and professional roles) in a multitude of ways, including:
- Identifying and moving forward projects that will create collective, transformational impact for community building in the Mountain State
- Building up capacity, skills, and new resources for people working on community development efforts
- Catalyzing systems-level changes, such as: increasing capital and funding resources for community development-related projects, changing the narrative about the value and impact of community development efforts in West Virginia, and enacting policy changes
- Building trust and creating new relationships between the people and organizations who are moving forward this work
The Community Collaborative Network is being built by and for West Virginians who want to make a positive difference in their communities.
A major milestone towards building the foundations of this network was identifying a Steering Committee, and we are excited to announce a committee has been elected and had their inaugural meeting in April! The Network is so lucky to have these people with such unique backgrounds from all over the state.
The committee is eager to take the feedback and frameworks that have been built by West Virginians over the past two years to the next level. Their main goals for this next year will be around defining organizational structure and clarifying strategies for the Network. Most of this work will be in the background, but we will be sure to reach out for input and guidance, and with opportunities to connect once we get rolling.
If you have any questions, please reach out to me, Kaycie Stushek, at email@example.com.