“Who else should we involve in community-level change?”
Relationships drive the work of community change forward. You are working to build relationships with a central team right now, but what about building relationships outside of your team? You need funding, resources, volunteers, and other assistance as you move through executing projects.
The work of building relationships needs to happen before asking for something from organizations or individuals–your goal is to cultivate long-term and authentic partnerships while identifying what is important to community decision-makers, potential funders, and volunteers.
In order to build strong relationships with others, you need to understand how you work with others. Continuing to learn more about yourself is important as these relationships develop.
Activities: Choose 2-3 activities to complete to identify common interests and build relationships with your team. You’ll be tempted to jump straight into the work, but understanding what matters to others on your team and how they work best is important to your long-term success. Take your time with the activities; they aren’t intended to be completed in one sitting.
Here’s your chance to take some time to think and reflect on your dreams and interests. Keep a community building journal, scribble notes on some post-its, or simply think about these questions before moving on to the next lesson!
MacKenzie Walker is a community leader in Matewan, WV who utilizes the power of relationship development to harness resources and funding for the West Virginia Mine Wars Museum. Through building powerful partnerships, the City of Matewan has completed a series of small wins and met goals through a community development process, leading to larger projects currently underway. Learn more about what’s happening in Matewan in this video.
Watch this HubCAP video highlighting Matewan and their amazing work!
At The Hub, we provide resources, technical support, coaching, and gathering spaces to help community teams take their visions from dream to reality. Who we serve has been, and always will be, small communities in West Virginia and the people who are committed to the ongoing work to drive forward growth and development in their towns.
We are committed to building new pathways to engage more communities, more leaders, and more partners in our work. And we are committed to raising resources to enable us to continue the coaching and mini-grant support that is integral to the success of our work. Every way that you are able to contribute to this momentum is valuable in supporting our collective efforts for community development in West Virginia.
Your contribution will enable The Hub to respond to ambitious and hopeful West Virginian communities, to connect brave and passionate citizens with the resources they need to succeed, and to inspire West Virginians everywhere that the future is indeed theirs to create.