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Wondering if your resources are applicable to public service apart from or indirectly related to health? We are looking to create a program to help small businesses in our community get through the property permitting and development process. We are also interested in creating an effective program to help people who live in homes that are unsafe (due to ill repair) get the support they need to bring their homes up to livable safety standards. If your resources are not a good fit, can you make any recommendations?
  • Analyzing Problems and Goals
  • Developing a Framework or Model of Change
  • Developing Strategic and Action Plans
  • Influencing Policy Development
Tue, 05/28/2019
Goof afternoon, how would you reference community toolbox in an assignment in APA 6 format.
Increasing Participation and Membership Sun, 05/26/2019
This is me again, Hipolito Gama.

May I have your permission to translate some important/relevant sources for my community?
Assessing Community Needs and Resources Sat, 05/25/2019
Hi, This is me again and again ... :)

I have no question at this time, yet have a request to ask for to assist me by providing an outline to prepare a toolkit for monitoring as well as advocacy as soon as possible. Thanks.

Sincerely Yours,

Lito Gama
  • Advocating for Change
  • Evaluating the Initiative
  • Sustaining the Work or Initiative
Sat, 05/25/2019
Is it possible or accepted if I use some of the toolkits to implement in my community as it is very useful for me and my community?
Assessing Community Needs and Resources Thu, 05/23/2019
I am a ihss provider for a gentleman in a senior living apartment complex. My client is in a mobility charity as are others in the complex. The complex has provided shopping carts for the seniors to help with bring groceries back to their apts. The complex is three stories and has two elevators and done of the newer seniors to the complex are leaving these carts in very tight and confined areas including the elevators. And mostvecery one here has dogs. So a mobility chair and a full size shopping cart and two chihuahua is a recipe for disaster. In which one senior already got his dog caught in the elevator, still leashed and the elevator went up a floor. Luckily the dog was on a retractable leash and things were ok. .but with the shopping carts now in the way its gonna happen again. How do impose the management to make it clear that the carts need to be put away and should I put signs up on my own as the apartment complex is currently in escrow and the management could be sidetracked.
  • Creating and Maintaining Coalitions and Partnerships
  • Analyzing Problems and Goals
  • Building Leadership
  • Increasing Participation and Membership
Sat, 05/11/2019
I am a librarian at the Johnson County Library (Kansas) and we would love to start offering an advocacy letter writing class on a trimester basis. Does this organization ever provide speakers or teachers?
  • Advocating for Change
  • Influencing Policy Development
Fri, 05/10/2019
Good morning
I am looking for a screening tool that could be utilized to assess the level of functioning for adults to help guide the way in which a case manager individualizes their approach with a parent in order to help make them successful in completing tasks. thanks
Fri, 04/26/2019
Live in a rural area. Am an experienced LVN. Wanting to create my own type of support group for patients but do not know where to start or if I would need some sort of patent?
Thu, 04/25/2019
I am a human rights activist working in Pakistan. I want to train teenager sportsman on the subject of leadership, peace and conflict resolution. I need advice about the teaching or training technique for engaging this group?
Tue, 04/23/2019
Please how do I cite any information used from this website? Tue, 04/23/2019
How do I cite in APA your Community tool box this was about focus groups Fri, 04/19/2019
I was wondering if you have a closed space to hold a group? I put together a closed therapy group for members of our community focusing on self service employees. It is a self supported group to benefit individuals that help out our community. I am wondering if you have a space available to use fridays at noon? I can try churches but I feel we need a spot with more of a community feel to it. Please let me know any information that would be helpful.
Tue, 04/16/2019
Hello, we are attempting to locate small to medium size commercial donated space for community projects in the inner & outer surrounding counties of Atlanta, Georgia & Vehicle Donations as well Please and Thank you in advance for your Help,Time and expertise.
Thu, 04/11/2019
I want to do right and in the best interest of the community but I don’t know what to do in relation to copyright, some communication is riddled with rhetoric and dark humour and unable to determine if my decision is serious
Tue, 04/09/2019
Greeting! I am in the process of starting a church for my community, therefore I need help in writing a Mission Statement. I would love to have your help in putting it all together.
Tue, 04/09/2019
Hello sir, their is a wasteland in front of my house. Whom should I reach to construct a park their. A public park
Sat, 04/06/2019
Good Afternoon,

I was recently awarded tax exempt status for my organization, even though I have been incorporated and actively serving the community for about four years. Now that my organization is an "official" non-profit, I would like suggestions on next steps. My goals are to A. Create solid best practices and systems for general operating and administration tasks (book keeping/accounting, record keeping); B. Fundraising/Funding; C. Board Governance; D. Increase awareness about my organization, our initiatives, and the individuals that we support.

For the past four years, I have been running the organization on my own with funding from family, friends, and myself. Now, I want to transition into a legitimate non-profit organization that has the capability to support not only domestic but international causes.

Any support or direction that you can provide would be greatly appreciated.
Thu, 04/04/2019
How do I cite toolbox for academic purposes (APA).
Thank you!
Fri, 03/29/2019
I am the chair for the Texas Democrats with Disabilities Caucus, and I was able to file 13 bills! Our legislature is in session, and I have been working hard on the bill packet materials. This part is very difficult for me - I really need help understanding how to cut down and structure information, and also create one page fact sheets. Is there a formula for the facts that you include? How about talking points? I think of all the problems and my brain just freezes.

Any advice you can offer is greatly appreciated!
  • Advocating for Change
  • Influencing Policy Development
Thu, 03/21/2019

I'm in the Senior year of my undergraduate degree in a state college in Minnesota. I used to be a part of the Student Government at the university until irreconcilable differences drove myself and several others away. The main issue being the complete lack of genuine accountability within the organization.

These issues have stressed the fact that the student body as a whole really has no idea about the decisions being made by the Student Government and the Administration. These choices deeply impact student life and fees. The lack of accountability produces worrying results about the actual integrity of the decisions affecting the students.

This problem is hardly isolated to my university, but it is a rampant problem. I would like to form a group on campus that acts as a watchdog for the administration and Student Government, as well as fosters and grows those skills for use outside of the university as well.

I'm doing as much research as I can but any suggestions or help moving forward would be greatly appreciated. I'd like to help encourage people to stand up against people doing the wrong thing. Often times it's hard and scary to do, but it is needed so desperately. My goal is to help build up people to speak out against unjust and unethical actions.

Thank you for your time.
Increasing Participation and Membership Tue, 03/19/2019
I'm organizing a small grassroots group to work to educate our local county commissioners about a single issue at this time. I've named it a coalition. We have about 40 people involved. Some would like to donate small amounts for signs and possibly to have a lawyer consult. Is there a threshold at which I'm required to file as a political committee or non-profit entity? The money handling legal requirements are my biggest concern.
Thu, 03/07/2019
I have a specific project, for using the Toolbox .. but am wondering if someone is already doing it in their community .. so that I might learn how it is working .. and how it is not. -- Is there someplace where Toolbox users can find each other?
  • Creating and Maintaining Coalitions and Partnerships
  • Increasing Participation and Membership
Sat, 03/02/2019
I’m looking for examples of applied community psychology programmes/projects that address behaviour change in waste management - both at home (within a neighbourhood) as well as at community retail/eating places.

Thank you
Developing an Intervention Sun, 02/24/2019
I want to thank community box for that amazing work, I represent myself I'm Adem Ouni I have 24 years and I'm Tunisian.i'm a president of new NGO that works on social growth through education, family cohesion and developing leadership in kids aged between 8 to 18 years old.
My question is, what's the major factors to make an NGO succeed to promote its cause and make a movement in the society during the first year of activity?
and thanks
Improving Organizational Management and Development Sun, 02/17/2019

I'm interested in the field and wish to see how I can grow into it, the current question on my mind is if I'm able to bring this service as an interesting idea to the Insurance company I'm currently employed in, working in the marketing department.

They're actively avoiding social media but I've got them to put some interest into the idea.
Any suggestions on options that may assist the push?
Something aimed at the insurance company itself and maybe how to assist the agents,.
  • Increasing Participation and Membership
  • Influencing Policy Development
Thu, 02/14/2019
How to honor community leaders
  • Developing Strategic and Action Plans
  • Building Leadership
  • Improving Organizational Management and Development
Mon, 02/11/2019
Hello: After obtaining my certificate on "Prevention of crimes and violence in urban areas" ... at the Institute of the World Bank Group ... I thought to capitalize these achievements by developing a project entitled "PREVENTING CRIME AND VIOLENCE AMONG YOUNG PEOPLE IN THE TRAINING STRUCTURES OF MINADER AND MINEPIA IN CAMEROON"
Currently I work as Head of socio-professional integration of youth in a government program to support the renovation and development of vocational training in the sectors of agriculture, livestock and fisheries, with the aim of mission of:
- Participate in the development of approaches and tools to support youth projects;
- Participate in the process of selecting and approving projects to be financed; and
- Provide technical support to training structures in the field of integration of young people trained.
My motivation for the design of this project is firstly that several acts of crime and violence are most often found both during the training and during the implementation of the projects of the young people trained. In a second step ... it is about the young people in various situations of inactivities ... who after being trained in agropastoral and halieutic trades ... will ensure the renewal of the aging workforce ... and of it contributes to Cameroon's vision by 2035 ... to reduce the youth unemployment rate as much as possible by creating sustainable and income-generating jobs.
My question is to know if I can benefit from a support on the finalization of this project so that it can be financed by the International Agencies?
  • Improving Organizational Management and Development
  • Sustaining the Work or Initiative
Thu, 02/07/2019
I am trying to find some resources on identifying organizational needs. We are beginning a strategic planning process.
  • Assessing Community Needs and Resources
  • Developing Strategic and Action Plans
Thu, 02/07/2019
I am writing to connect myself to one of your wonderful professional advisors, for the following two purposes: 1) I am a master student in Urban Planning Program at KU. I am looking forward to talking with an advisor in person to study how emotions play a role of providing services to our community. 2) the goal of this project is to write a blog post regarding the interview for the purpose of introducing your professions/roles, as well for the advertising purposes. Therefore, I sincerely ask for a 15-minute meeting to interview one of your wonderful advisors. Thanks!
Improving Organizational Management and Development Tue, 02/05/2019
Good afternoon,

I would love to have a conference call with an adviser to discuss a community survey that I need to create for a new initiative that we are introducing to our community.

Through this initiative, Erie Arts & Culture and its collaborating partners will enhance and activate public spaces by delivering accessible cultural programs and activities that tap into the creativity, imagination, experience, and wisdom of community members. Through the New Horizons initiative, we aim to identify and then directly address systems that have perpetuated neighborhood disparities.

I look forward to hearing from you.

  • Assessing Community Needs and Resources
  • Developing Strategic and Action Plans
  • Increasing Participation and Membership
  • Implementing a Social Marketing Effort
Tue, 02/05/2019
Museums that are nonprofits hold not only financial resources but collections including historic buildings and the board of directors is entrusted with ensuring the financial health of the organization as well as the proper care of the collections. Is there any reason why you should not call the Board members TRUSTEES? They are entrusted with more than financial responsibilities including oversight and fundraising. They must also be responsible for the collection.
  • Building Leadership
  • Improving Organizational Management and Development
Sat, 02/02/2019
Hello! I'm a journalist based in Los Angeles. I'm working on an article advising women on conflict resolution at home and at work. Please let me know if there's an expert or advisor available to provide a few insights by next week (2/7). I would just need 15 minutes or so by phone or email. I'm at 805-405-9675 or kristinmarguerite at

Thanks very much,
Kristin Marguerite Doidge, MA
Assessing Community Needs and Resources Tue, 01/29/2019