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Hi I am organizing for the removable of hostile designed architecture that targets the homeless, park benches with a middle bar is an example. I have the community neighborhood associations on my side and now the city counselor. How do I get the MBTA, the local subway system, that has benches that are designed so someone can't lay down to eliminate this and also how do I involve the unhoused "homeless" community in organizing? Any thoughts appreciated.
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Thu, 05/06/2021
Your article every step in it I have taken in an issue I'm having and the local government I'm not enforce the laws because of who the corporation is I have been fighting this for three years with no help from anyone I've contacted not even so much as a fire mental health officer investigating it no one has I don't understand and I've done everything except going public and I don't feel comfortable with that no groups that even fight for my issue will help any suggestions of where else to go it was just so unreal how I read your article and it was exactly every step I took and still have no help with this issue That is affecting peoples health the quality of life and like your article says they don't care because they don't have to live with it I don't understand anyway thank you for your time and if you can suggest anything it would so be appreciated great article
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Tue, 04/27/2021
I run a community where graphic designer in my country Nigeria can come together to learn the business of design

Here are my Questions
1. How can I keep a community really valueable considering the fact that most times we have people more knowledgeable than me (who is the founder and leader) in the community

2. I often experience the stagnation of the community when I am not actively steering the wheel, like managing the operation. How can I move from here to a point where the Organization can operate autonomously?

Thanks in anticipation of your respond.
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Sun, 04/25/2021
Where to report neighbor disposing biohazard waste/ trash in Apartment Dumpster who has MRSA/ SEPSIS/ STAPH?
Infected neighbor released today, 4/19/2021 for 6th time since Oct 2020 for the above @ [DELETED] 66614.
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Mon, 04/19/2021
We have partnered with the local university to create a guide to research with newcomers. I work for a settlement agency that gets a fair share of requests from students and researchers alike seeking information and data on newcomers. Who should be at the table during discussions. What should be included in the agenda
Creating and Maintaining Coalitions and Partnerships Fri, 04/09/2021

My name is Chas Damo. I’m a new Grants Specialist for the Tribal Education Department within the Gila River Indian Community in Arizona (30 minutes south of Phoenix). I am in charge of a grant that is looking to expand the capacity of our department and am interested in how the Community Checklist could play a role in helping us attain our goals. I would like to present this tool as a option for consideration to my Director within the next week or so and could use a saleskit or presentation that could explain in brief what the Checklist does.

Specifically, we are working to unify our various school districts, which comprise of public, parochial, charter, and tribally controlled Bureau of Indian Education funded schools. It is important that our department be as transparent as possible during this process and I see the Checklist as a way to create a more visible working process towards this new era in our education system.

Has the Checklist been applied to work such as the unification of local school districts into unified school districts? Collaboration would include many education stakeholders including, but not limited to, our Tribal Education Department, local school boards, an Education Standing Committee of locally elected officials, Community Council, school principals and administrators, etc.
Evaluating the Initiative Thu, 04/08/2021
Hello. I have a question in regard to managing board appointment terms. I hope you don't mind, but the best way for me to ask my question is by giving an example.

Let's say Melissa is on the Income Tax Board. Her three-year term is scheduled as 01-01-2020 to 12-31-2022. However, she has decided to resign as of 03-25-2021. It is decided that Nick will replace Melissa on this board today, 04-06-2021.

Since Nick is replacing her in the middle of an existing term, how should Nick's Certificate of Appointment effective date read? Should his appointment paper be in effect as of today, 04-06-2021 with an expiration date of 12-31-2022? Or is his term backdated in order to use the original appointment of 01-01-2020 to 12-31-2022?

Similar to Robert's Rules, is there, by any chance, a specific website or rule book I can follow for board terms?
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Tue, 04/06/2021
What would you do to ensure the information of the survey you are collecting is accurate and reflects the needs and wants of residents
  • Assessing Community Needs and Resources
  • Analyzing Problems and Goals
Sun, 04/04/2021
We are a not-for-profit charitable organization with a physical office. As such we have monthly fixed expenses. Our revenue is raised from some memberships, donate, occasional project-based government grants which included a very little (18% or so) staffing or operating costs. We want to embark on a social enterprise that will provide continuing revenue to support the community services we provide. What kind of social enterprise?
Do you have a template for a community NEEDS survey?
community= ethnic organization
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Sat, 04/03/2021
Hello, I am the executive director of a community impact initiative, and I am developing our accountability structure. I would like to know if you can provide assistance on different options for making decisions at the leadership council level and standing committee level.
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Fri, 04/02/2021

I have been assigned to create a tool-box. Purposely, limited information has been given for the project. Can someone help me? Thank you.
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Tue, 03/30/2021
I am an architect doing community engagement work for schools in low socio-economic neighborhoods. Typically community members have been asked to show up and participate at meetings. Recently we became aware of "community fellows" programs for organizers and possible compensation for all attendees. I am looking for resources to help provide just and fair compensation to community participants in our public workshops. Thank you
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Tue, 03/30/2021
My query:
I'm a teen who's interested in building social coexistence among youngsters, through tech!
My idea is to develop an AI-based app, which makes music(plays the respective notes of the instrument), whilst/as the user sings(gives input).
Might sound crazy, but it's an alternative/supplementary tool to physical instruments.
The majority of the funds raised(through premium plans, etc) will be donated to organisations actively involved in creating social impact.
There will also be activities incorporated into the app on a regular basis, which foster the spirit of social responsibility in various categories.
Basically, it's a merging of PASSION and PURPOSE! Yes, it does not directly address the problem but is sort of tailored towards the interests of the younger generation.
What's your say on this idea?
Any suggestions/recommendations to improvise on? How will I need to plan further? How do you think the stakeholders, such as the government will react to this? What are the pros and cons of this? How do I smartly arouse the interest of young people in a topic like this? I'd love for an adult to expand on this easy-peasy goal, (and maybe connect me to some like-minded people?!)as soon as possible. Thank you for considering my request.
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Mon, 03/29/2021
I am managing the community engagement for a public urban project that has been under discussion since 2010. In 2019, the government decided to unilaterally change all the aspects of the project and consequently lost all the community trust. The project will no longer change.

My role is to inform the community of the construction phases and promote art-based and educational strategies to foster a sense of place. However, I am now facing a lot of outrage and opposition and I am unable to regain the community's trust. Any ideas of how I can improve the work with the community?
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Wed, 03/24/2021
Hi! I have been utilizing this resource to help guide me through a Strategic Health Communication Plan for an assignment in my graduate studies, and was wondering if you could provide me the date at which Chapter 6, sections 2, 3, and 7 were published, so I can accurately provide an APA citation! Thank you!
Mon, 03/22/2021
How do I cite your website? Sun, 03/14/2021
I created peer support groups for a population of people that do not fit in the current options of medical vs mental health. There are limited studies of this population (donor-conceived individuals) so I am having trouble finding ways to ground my programs to evidence based practices, although I have plenty of anecdotal evidence for the need of these groups to reduce stigma and provide support. Do I need to survey my existing groups do get data and a baseline? How do I find research institutions willing to partner with me?
Analyzing Problems and Goals Sat, 03/13/2021
We want to increase public participation in a process of political party formation,focused on GOOD GOVERNANCE GOALS.
GOOD GOVERNANCE PARTY, Nigeria(In-Formation) | Facebook
Advocating for Change Mon, 03/08/2021
I am a director in the Nova Scotia Rural Community Foundation and we are struggling with making a social media presence. We would like advice on how to strengthen this from some experts and thought you would be great to ask.
Implementing a Social Marketing Effort Fri, 03/05/2021
I have participated in many community advocacy projects but have limited leadership experience, so could use some advice. I am trying to organize community and parent activists within our small Montana town, to fight a recent school board decision to abolish mask requirements (and other other COVID-prevention measures) within our public school. Somehow our board has been infiltrated by an anti-science group of pandemic-denying conspiracy theorists. We are not too far from a university town, so I have already assembled a group of pro-science, progressive community members to advocate for the health and safety of our kids, teachers, and community at large. However, I am struggling to know where to begin in terms of this public health advocacy. I am drafting an op-ed for our local newspapers, which we'll all sign, but I'd appreciate any advice/ resources you can provide re: next steps in advocacy/ community organizing. Thank you so much!
  • Advocating for Change
  • Influencing Policy Development
Fri, 02/19/2021
Climate Action: Individual NGO action as compared to collaborative movements?

Many groups are working to help alleviate the present climate crisis, and there appears to be a great duplication of effort, at the expense of limited resources. This is most noticeable with such initiatives as individual petition mailings.

Yes, this question regarding finding the 'magic balance' between individual work and/or collaboration is a challenge to achieving timely and effective results in all areas of social/environmental justice work. There are only so many dollars available in the 'donation pool', and protecting an NGO's claimed 'turf' may also be a factor which impedes collaboration.

I have encountered challenges in promoting petition sharing, in order that the receiving politicians or public servants may 'hear' as loud a 'voice' as possible.

Do any of the good folk at the Community Tool Box have any thoughts to share personally or any research work in this area to suggest that I read in order to broaden my understanding about effective collaboration?
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Fri, 02/05/2021
Hi - I am part of a conservation committee formed for a Home Owners' Association in Alexandria, VA. We're interested in doing a walking survey of the natural assets on our property and your organization seems to be the most on-message with what we'd like to accomplish.

Your site is incredibly detailed, but I can’t find an example of a survey tool (literally, a checklist) that neighborhoods, small communities, HOAs, etc. can use to gather intelligence about the natural assets on their properties. This is the fairly granular level, like documenting footpaths, park benches, ponds, waste barrels, and the like.

Any and all advice would be much appreciated!
Assessing Community Needs and Resources Thu, 02/04/2021
Thank you so much for this site, it is a very valuable resource to those of us who are vested in the future our communities.

Could you provide a needs assessment template (Word doc) that can be used to begin to build out a needs assessment project?

I have mined through all of the information available, however, at this point, I am seeking a quality template to drop in detailed information.
Assessing Community Needs and Resources Mon, 02/01/2021
I am working with a statewide sexual assault coalition and I'm seeking resources for community sexual assault programs that want to embark upon transformative, social-justice-based coalitions with community partners (both traditional and nontraditional). I'm looking for practical information on creating and sustaining those partnerships, dealing with organizations that may have a different culture, involving grassroots stakeholders, and anything else that you think might be helpful. I'd be grateful for any suggested resources, both for my background in writing this community blueprint, and for the programs engaged in this work. Of course, I will direct them to your Tool Box. Thanks in advance for any thoughts or materials.
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  • Enhancing Cultural Competence
Tue, 01/26/2021
I preach for a church of 100 in TX. Our Bldg is .8 mile from a middle school. .5 mile from an Elementary school. 1.1 and 2.4 from High Schools. I want to offer a program that benefits our community. Wondering if this has possibilities for me. Would I need a full time director? What expenses could be expected?
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Fri, 01/15/2021
Happy New Year. I am currently the Director of Social-Emotional Learning for Portland Public Schools (ME). While I have a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from and APA-accredited program, I have spent the majority of my training and career working as an action researcher and consultant to schools and school districts--my communities of choice. I do not refer to myself as a clinical psychologist because I never took the licensure exam; I do not provide clinical services or supervision without operating under the supervision of a licensed clinical psychologist (and I haven't done so in many years). My advisor in graduate school, who has a Ph.D. from a clinical/community program never referred to himself as a clinical psychologist--only as a community psychologist. He informed me many years ago that I can refer to myself as a community psychologist because the majority of my graduate training, the nature of my research and practice both in and since graduate school is in the community vein. I just wanted to confirm this as I do not want to "break any rules" regarding protected terms. Thank you for your response.
Thu, 12/31/2020
After the fesability study, i started with SWOT and Twix matrix
what the next step to make sure about the money (winning or losing) ??
Thu, 12/24/2020
Please advise how I can directly reach Dawn Henderson. Tue, 12/22/2020
I am starting a petition to remove a vulgar flag, with obscene language flying across the street from our elementary school. It is also flying above the American flag in the persons yard. How would I word the petition to be most affective ?
Tue, 12/15/2020
Hello, I wanted to know the date when this article was published or written by Marya Axner, as I am using the article for a research paper and I need the date for citation purposes.
Here is the link:
Thank you
Sat, 12/12/2020
I found a certain group discussion of six student who had a question for presentation was broken just for the first meeting and everyone was blaming the chairperson of the group.what could be the source of the problem???
Wed, 12/02/2020