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I have an organization but I have been ineffective for some years now due to lack of financial support,I want to now resurface to help with the sanitation problem with in my community but I don't have the funding so what can I do in this situation?
Increasing Participation and Membership Mon, 09/26/2022
Hello, I’ve just come across this fantastic resource! Thank you for hosting this work and for the ongoing effort to maintain it.

I’m a museum professional in the DC area and am doing research on community life and the role that museums and libraries play in sustaining and building community.

I’m searching for some information, a guide, or some chart or model that breaks down the parts of a community or the infrastructure of a community.

I hope that these questions make sense, and I appreciate the help.

  • Analyzing Problems and Goals
  • Developing Strategic and Action Plans
  • Advocating for Change
  • Sustaining the Work or Initiative
Thu, 09/22/2022
Academic inquiry. Would you send me the link to your APA style reference? I am using your Toolbox in the Bachelor of Social and Community Development at Sheridan College (Oakville, ON, Canada). This is the reference I currently have from our teacher but wanted to be 100% positive.
Rabinowitz, P. (n.d.). Section Five: Ethical Issues in Community
Interventions. Community Toolbox. Retrieved from

Thu, 09/22/2022

I'm looking for a tool that will allow my team to audit policies for equity. I'm having a hard time understanding if something like this already exists.

Improving Organizational Management and Development Wed, 09/21/2022
I am a medical student currently on rotation at a health clinic in Huntington, IN, and I am researching which local community resources are available for a low-income individual (mother of 2 young children) who needs financial assistance for housing, food, clothing, and healthcare. She needs assistance with transportation and also suffers from domestic abuse from an ex-husband. Which local community resources do you recommend?
Thank you
  • Assessing Community Needs and Resources
  • Developing Strategic and Action Plans
Sun, 09/11/2022
Hello, My name is Melody Heist. I work for a non-profit organization called Tech For Troops in Virginia. We restore electronics for veterans. I am doing some research on different statistics of veterans in the state of Kansas, and the city of Kansas City. I am not sure if you can help me or not. What I am looking for are numbers of male and female homeless veterans, and the number of male and female veterans in poverty. I would appreciate it if you would contact me at my email address: Thank you for your time.

Melody Heist
Tech For Troops
Wed, 09/07/2022

I am in the process of becoming a Certified Peer Support Specialist through the State of Washington Medicaid training program. I'm also in the process of developing my existing Natural Health Coach skills and volunteer services to also include being able to offer certified coaching support. I would like to have a focus and specialized training in trauma recovery. Do you know any resources that I might utilize? Is there online support for persons wanting to do such a thing and yet also need suport for their own trauma response being triggered when involved with this type of service to the community?
Mon, 09/05/2022
Good Morning! Thank you for developing the Community Tool Kit! I have my MPH from MIZZOU so please do not hate me:)
I run a small family nonprofit. I help out with several community projects and the latest was 'Community Back to School Bash' in Columbia, MO. I would like to avoid people waiting for hours in line in the heat for backpacks, school supplies, food, sneakers, etc. There is the attitude that if people are receiving free goods, then this is the approach they have to tolerate. I know there's a better way to reach the needy in my community without long lines for an event. Do you know any practices/approaches that have worked? Also due to community partners, we can only have the event on a Friday during day time hours. I want to reach the 'working poor'. Is there a model out there that could be useful? I truly appreciate any insights! If you know of any planning software, that is useful for organizing community events, please include that. I would be willing to visit you in Lawrence if this is too much for an email. Many, Many, Thanks!!!!!
  • Analyzing Problems and Goals
  • Advocating for Change
Wed, 08/24/2022
I am a social studies teacher that would like to develop ethnographic questions in my Social Studies classes. I work with high school students that are predominately Somali. I would like to learn more about developing relevant ethnographic questions for my classes.
Developing a Framework or Model of Change Wed, 08/24/2022
How do i get enrolled on online courses especially from Africa? Tue, 08/23/2022
Hello, my name is Celina Johnson (16, Rising Senior, NYC), and I am a teen writer/activist for low income communities. I plan to one day build a nonprofit organization, which the goal is to rebuild and drastically improve all low income black neighborhoods in America, starting with the most dangerous and crime ridden.

I have been reaching out to many organizations and individuals that seem to align with my life goals and purpose through emails. That has not produced as much of an effective response as I would like. I soon plan to start calling organizations and individuals instead, as I feel I would make more of a lasting and effective impression.

I’m reaching out for advice on how I should go about enacting change at 16 years old.

I only have the ambition and drive when it comes to making a better society for everyone and I'm hoping it'll be utilized to its fullest extent.
  • Creating and Maintaining Coalitions and Partnerships
  • Developing Strategic and Action Plans
  • Increasing Participation and Membership
  • Advocating for Change
Sun, 08/14/2022
I want to create a digital community that empowers the weaker sections of the society by educating them on technology, educational upliftment and emerging opportunities thus reducing cybersecurity borne risks, unemployment and mental health. It also intends to create a sense of opportunity with the digital trends and emerging opportunities
  • Assessing Community Needs and Resources
  • Increasing Participation and Membership
Thu, 08/11/2022
Hi, Thank you for all the helpful information on the website. I am a student at Athabasca University. I am using Chapter 4 Section 2 in a paper. Do you know how I should cite the url below in APA 7th edition format?<a href="">Play Boy Carti Merch</a> Thank you
Wed, 08/10/2022
I would like to make it mandatory for all schools in the UK to educate their students on knife crime. The impact it has, the consequences, the statistics, the victims of knife crimes too. So how would i go about enforcing this topic to be taught in the suitable subjects?
Thank you
  • Increasing Participation and Membership
  • Advocating for Change
  • Influencing Policy Development
Sun, 08/07/2022
I live in a senior housing community . Independent living , I am interested in setting up a volunteer situation through a local high school . The volunteers would help with house keeping chores that are difficult for the seniors to accomplish . Any advise on making this happen ?
Increasing Participation and Membership Tue, 07/26/2022

I am finishing my doctorate in clinical psychology, but I want to shift my focus to community psychology. What additional education and training do I need to pursue to change my career focus? Thank you!
Mon, 07/25/2022
When was Section 1 of Chapter 33 published? I need it to cite my work. Fri, 07/22/2022
Our unique community is wanting to do the planning, assessment, and evaluation to promote the continuation of our healthy, member-owned cooperative. I found you a year ago when I was proposing such. I am excited to talk with and perhaps participate with someone interested in a research project because I do not find good research on the evaluation of active 55+ independent communities. There are many details we can discuss if the interested person contacts me.
Evaluating the Initiative Sun, 07/10/2022
How to write an effective email to a large newspaper publication's editor to publish your own news about a good cause you'll be doing like hair donation for cancer patients.
Advocating for Change Mon, 07/04/2022
Hello, I am enthused about your program which I just discovered.
I've been developing a graphical game plan generation device and wonder if I might speak with you about incorporating your "toolbox" ! Quite a daunting task obviously.
My first question is: How Might I provide myself income to do this even? Like: "along the way of development". Thank You!
John OBine
Developing Strategic and Action Plans Thu, 06/23/2022
Good day
Can you please advise how one reference when using community toolbox
Tue, 06/21/2022
We are providing online education by youtube channel about all application as Microsoft office and Photoshop and Coral draw etc.
Improving Organizational Management and Development Tue, 06/07/2022
HOW TO WRITE BYLAW FOR YOUTHS' COMMITTEE? Improving Organizational Management and Development Tue, 06/07/2022
I am interested in providing an assessment to the community for early educators, and daycare services.
Assessing Community Needs and Resources Fri, 05/13/2022
I was recently elected to a local community board (non-HOA, 55+ manufactured home community) whose primary function is to plan neighborhood events and represent the neighborhood in certain interactions with the property manager. The previous board is refusing to turn over any records (they’re saying there are no records and the bank account has been closed) and telling us the bylaws are no longer valid. The community is very divided over the election but business is business. Has anyone ever dealt with this type of situation? How did you handle it?
Developing Strategic and Action Plans Fri, 05/13/2022
Thank your answers. If I am asked to write a communication plan, should I talk let the management decide on which “messages/ channels….etc” to incorporate in the plan and then I just write the plan for them . Or should I chose for them the channels and other parts of the action plan?

Do I facilitate any management meetings to help organization reach a shared decision on the planning details they want to incorporate?

You recommended that facilitation may take place at the creation level and the testing level. Can you clarify how facilitation work at the testing level? How does it actually happen and what is the theme of discussion?
Developing Strategic and Action Plans Tue, 05/10/2022

Thank you for your modules on communication planning. Do you have any suggestions on how to practice writing a Communication plan so you feel ready and confident about preparing plans?
Where can I find startups looking for someone to help them write their (simple) communication plan to start with.
Finally, At what part of communication planning should the company use facilitation services?

Thank you for your help and suggestions
Building Leadership Thu, 05/05/2022

How does a “plan for communication “ differ from “a strategic plan” ?
Building Leadership Thu, 05/05/2022
I am currently working in my community to address mass incarceration. Does the CTB have an outline or tool used to evaluate policy change efforts?

Thank you!
Evaluating the Initiative Thu, 04/21/2022
Hello, I have a question. When was chapter 27, Section 2. Building Relationships with People from Different Cultures published?.
Wed, 04/20/2022
Consensus within our community serving org questions on no-vote or abstaining and change of vote after the main vote:


Nice to meet you. Thank you for all your free resources!!

My name is Clare and I am a staff member at a non-profit in Indianapolis, IN , USA. We focus on Peace Education, with content/programing focused on Equity learning, Social Emotional Learning and Conflict Resolution, as well as Restorative Practices.

As an org we have been looking internally to include more equitable practices, and have been working to use consensus. We are creating a handbook to help connect consensus to our internal processes and have a few questions and concerns that have come up we cannot find answers to in on-line material.

Can you help?

One question is: What role could/should no vote/abstain play in a consensus decision? How may abstains can exist without jeopardizing the proposal voted on and the group collaboration needed? Under what circumstances are abstain votes allowed?

(We have used them when staff have not been involved in the conversation enough (only work as contractors , less then part time or just started their job the day of the vote, or when a staff member did not do research/gather enough info on the different proposals that they felt unsure on their understanding of what was being discussed and suggested to vote)

Another question: What happens if someone wants to change their decision after the official vote? Is there suggestions around time frame or times when allowed, or why or why not it should be allowed?

We had one such situation recently. After our proposal stages and discussion, we took an e-mail based vote. The decision was 3 stand asides, which took us back to the need to go back to discussion. When e-mails started to come up about the time frame for changes and participation, and how to move forward, one of that stand asides asked to change to approve. Thus, the proposal was passed, after the first vote. It happened within 24 hrs I believe. I am sure this kind of situation could pop up again.

Also, do you do training on consensus with staff groups in USA?

Thank you for any ideas or suggestions you may have!
Improving Organizational Management and Development Tue, 04/19/2022
Developing plans to achieve defined objectives Developing Strategic and Action Plans Sat, 04/16/2022
Are there recommendations on the best ways to connect with potential community partners or stakeholders for outreach activities? E-mail or phone call? I find it is difficult to reach individuals in large organizations or nonprofits at times.
Increasing Participation and Membership Tue, 04/12/2022
Greetings. I am curious if there are any known government agencies, foundations, and/or banks that sponsor Leadership Development in the Community Development arena, or in Community Development work. My (U.S. small business) consulting company creates community development programmes, and I want to enroll in college-university to complete my education, which I plan to perform, (even) as I labor, away from school, to improve the lives of low-income ethnic and minority community residents.
Developing an Intervention Thu, 04/07/2022
I would like to open up a homeless shelter or a just a shelter to help people and I don't know what my first step would be
Increasing Participation and Membership Thu, 03/31/2022
Good morning,
I am employed with a local department of social services and will be launching a new program geared towards helping older citizens who do not have anyone/family to depend on. Our program needs funding and I would like to apply for grants but need suggestions on available grants that are out there and may be able to help.
Tue, 03/29/2022
1 what are the most prevalent concerned that you have?
2 what do you think are the reason why the respondents have those answers?
3 as a student what programs can you recommend addressing their concerns?
Wed, 03/23/2022
Hello. My name is Yvette. I have aspirations of developing a (AWSOME) Community Park in my Neighborhood. I have already Envisioned it. I'm not SAVY TECHNOLOGY WISE. I HEARD THAT IT IS POSSIBLE TO RECEIVE THE FINANCIAL GRANTS TO BRING EDUCATIONAL, LIFE PRESERVING, SELF SUFFECENTCY, EMPLOYMENT, SAFE OFF ROAD OBSTACLES, ECT..... I would appreciate any advice resources in order to make an AWSOME, SAFE, EDUCATIONAL, ENLIGHTENING, OPEN PARK IN MY COMMUNITY. MY ZIP CODE IS #92114. THANK YOU. YVETTE ARVIZU
Increasing Participation and Membership Sat, 03/19/2022

I hope this message finds you well!
My name is Arick and I'm working on special projects at the Family and Community Engagement Office in the School District of Philadelphia.
The reason I'm writing is because we are attempting to institutionalize a feedback system internally within our District regarding garnering useful feedback from families concerning District policies and procedures that are periodically due for revision. We want to provide a list of options (e.g.: send out a survey, hold a focus group, etc.) for our offices which they can choose from in order to best engage families/the public constituency within our District and thus get feedback on policies and procedures. I was wondering if you have any suggestions for how to structure the framework/system, or what options should definitely be included?

Thanks so much for all your great work!
  • Assessing Community Needs and Resources
  • Influencing Policy Development
Fri, 03/04/2022