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The Community Tool Box team greatly appreciates your visit to our site and we'd love to hear from you, and learn more about you and how you are using the resources on the site to support your community work. We encourage you to browse guestbook entries from visitors to our site and while you’re here, encourage you to subscribe to our eNewsletter to keep in touch and learn about new resources as they become available.

Date Name City,State/Province Zip Country
3 February 2016 janice rackey baltimore, md
Who I am Use of CTB
I am a registered nurse and returning student school
Date Name City,State/Province Zip Country
21 January 2016 Antoinette Jones New York City, New York USA
Who I am Use of CTB
I am a college instructor assigned to teach a business writing course that includes a service learning component.
I would like to use the Community Tool Box to support student group project work.
Date Name City,State/Province Zip Country
13 January 2016 Kimberly Sauer Baltimore, Maryland 21218 United States
Who I am Use of CTB
I am the Legislative and Legal Coordinator for a small nonprofit in Baltimore City that assists in the investigation of child sexual abuse. My position was newly created to fulfill our legislative priorities and to full develop our advocacy program.
Your information regarding advocacy, legislative advocacy, and public policy were incredibly useful as I am still getting my footing in this position! Such an amazing resource to have, thank you!!
Date Name City,State/Province Zip Country
12 January 2016 May Lucas Zamboanga City, 7000 Philippines
Who I am Use of CTB
I work with the University Communications Office with a team of 6. We are tasked
to generate awareness, understanding, engagement, and support to the vision and mission of the University, and help the University communicate more effectively with both internal and external audiences --- students, faculty and staff, alumni, parents, friends and partners, and the general public. Specifically, the UCO team assists the University in the following:
• Media/Public Relations
• Web communications, Social Media
• Strategic communication plans and policies
• Institutional documentation (photography, video production)
• Recruitment and Marketing
I use it as a practical guide on how to do particular tasks such as how to organize a press conference, how to prepare a media kit, etc.
Date Name City,State/Province Zip Country
10 January 2016 savas ich Pasadena, CA 91101 USA
Who I am Use of CTB
I work for a nonprofit and coordinate state recognition programs on character and ethics
Just started studying the whole tool box.
Date Name City,State/Province Zip Country
6 January 2016 Megan Marsellus Dallas, Texas 75248 United States
Who I am Use of CTB
I am a Community Health Worker pursing an MSW at University of Texas Arlington. I primarily work with Geriatric patients in a health care setting with an interdisciplinary team.
Date Name City,State/Province Zip Country
3 January 2016 Linda Herkimer, NY 13350
Who I am Use of CTB
Beginning a volunteer program for sharing skills with others. Skills can be practical such as gardening, farming, cooking, dancing, music, writing, plumbing and carpentry.
Date Name City,State/Province Zip Country
3 January 2016 Linda kaidan Herkimer, NY 13350 USA
Who I am Use of CTB
My husband and I retired to the Mohawk Valley of NY about 2 years ago. We share a common interest of community action and blog about ways to achieve community improvement. I would like to start a volunteer teaching program and am looking for some tangible ways to get that started.
Date Name City,State/Province Zip Country
3 January 2016 Fernando Cruz Alcabideche, Cascais 2645-614 Portugal
Who I am Use of CTB
A retired Electrical Engineer who turned volunteer and now heads a non-profit supporting elders in the community of Cascais, Portugal.
Absolutely! Many topics are known to me, but I need the toolbox to help me set direction for the organization and train my team. I find it very good and full of excellent tips and tools.
Date Name City,State/Province Zip Country
23 December 2015 Denise Baltimore, MD 21206 USA
Who I am Use of CTB
I am considering starting a non-profit organization to help underprivileged girls. While browsing online for information, I ran across this site and decided to review it. I decided I wanted to go back later and really explore the Community Tool Box so I decided to sign the guestbook.
Date Name City,State/Province Zip Country
17 December 2015 Eoin Buckley Cedar Estate, Killarney Road, Bray Co. Wicklow Ireland
Who I am Use of CTB
We are service for people with disabilities in Ireland. We offer a wide range of community based training, residential, employment and social services to support people to live as independent citizens in their communities. We support over 350 people and employ around 400. We are accredited by the Council on Quality and Leadership (http://www.c-q-l.org) Towson MA. We were the first service in Ireland to achieve such accreditation.
I am responsible for engaging volunteers and your tool box has been very helpful in terms of developing a strategic plan to improve our volunteer program for 2016. I have found the site an excellent resource and I will pass it onto my colleagues.
Date Name City,State/Province Zip Country
17 December 2015 Eoin Buckley Cedar Estate, Killarney Road, Bray Co. Wicklow Ireland
Who I am Use of CTB
We are service for people with disabilities in Ireland. We offer a wide range of community based training, residential, employment and social services to support people to live as independent citizens in their communities. We support over 350 people and employ around 400. We are accredited by the Council on Quality and Leadership (http://www.c-q-l.org) Towson MA. We were the first service in Ireland to achieve such accreditation.
I am responsible for engaging volunteers and your tool box has been very helpful in terms of developing a strategic plan to improve our volunteer program for 2016. I have found the site an excellent resource and I will pass it onto my colleagues.
Date Name City,State/Province Zip Country
16 December 2015 Elizabeth Jimenez Salinas Brea, California 92821 United States
Who I am Use of CTB
I have worked in the area of advocacy for bilingual education for 40 years. I am a consultant and provide expert professional development to teachers, administrators and parents regarding how to increase achievement and academic success for English Learners.
Date Name City,State/Province Zip Country
15 December 2015 Lyn Tulsa, OK
Who I am Use of CTB
I work for HUD in the Tulsa Field Office. I am a sociologist.
We are embarking on a 2-year project in a small city nearby. I've been aware of the Toolbox for years and believe it is a good tool to share.
Date Name City,State/Province Zip Country
10 December 2015 Julianne Nickerson Waterbury, VT 05471 USA
Who I am Use of CTB
I am the Director of the Promise Community initiative for the state of Vermont. Promise Communities are place based initiatives for communities in rural VT, funded through the Race to the Top- Early Learning Challenge grant.
I just found this resource and it is just great to see such a wealth of information that supports the work we are doing in a great easy to use format. We have been doing this work and pulling from a variety of resources yet this is the most comprehensive and easy to use. We will be looking at it more to see how it can support our work as we move forward. We are less than a year into our community work. Thank you.
Date Name City,State/Province Zip Country
8 December 2015 Todd ,
Who I am Use of CTB
I was told about this site as a possible resource to help further my non-profit organization I am in the process of organizing.
I am new to the CTB and not very familiar with everything available to me at this moment.
Date Name City,State/Province Zip Country
6 December 2015 Gloria 'Ann' Evans Durham, NC 27701 USA
Who I am Use of CTB
I am a retired RN, FNP with a DrPH in Maternal & Child Health doing volunteer humanitarian development work in education and women's development in South Sudan where I have a project educating over 400 adult women and am starting a community based school for children where I expect attendance around 700 in 2016.
I've just located this site and think there is considerable potential for use in my work in South Sudan.
Date Name City,State/Province Zip Country
4 December 2015 Rachel Doherty Clovis, CA 93611 United States
Who I am Use of CTB
I am a mid-level dental hygienist working on my masters in public health.
Serving those with low or no access to oral health care due to age, disability, area, and/or low socioeconomic status. Also an advocate against domestic violence
Date Name City,State/Province Zip Country
27 November 2015 Ian McCabe Wyalkatchem, Western Australia 6485 AUSTRALIA
Who I am Use of CTB
Chief executive (general manager) of a small rural local government. I lead a small administration and works crew that delivers services to a town and rural area that relies on sheep and wheat economically. We need more as we are ageing, shrinking in numbers and have low incomes and low property values. I am a CPA management accountant with MBA; professionally I am new to local government with past work in postal services (retail, finance), managing a training school and consulting to business. I am 54 and like to cycle early in the morning and love life.
I am searching for tools to energise, motivate, connect my community - to other, like minded communities and search for alternatives to the way things have always been done.
Date Name City,State/Province Zip Country
25 November 2015 Sepoe Karava Malalaua, Gulf Papua New Guinea
Who I am Use of CTB
I am a community volunteer worker. I have been working for fifteen years. In the past four years I have been helping the rural communities to establish community businesses on cooperative basis. Just recently stumbled on your site and appreciate all the community tools required. Thankyou
Just started studying the whole tool box.
Date Name City,State/Province Zip Country
23 November 2015 Deb Waterman Grand Island, Nebraska 68801 USA
Who I am Use of CTB
Community Health Worker, HIV Tester, Health Information Management, I do a little bit of everything in our office.
To help with some grant writing.
Date Name City,State/Province Zip Country
19 November 2015 Sondra Primm Pasadena, CA 91101 United States of America
Who I am Use of CTB
Student Information tool.
Date Name City,State/Province Zip Country
18 November 2015 Barb Bergseth , MN United States
Who I am Use of CTB
I work for a nonprofit and coordinate state recognition programs on character and ethics
The chapter on ethical leadership was very helpful. We'd like to reference the definition of ethical leadership on our website. Please advise as to proper citation. Thank you
Date Name City,State/Province Zip Country
17 November 2015 Carole Jean Whittington-Bucklew Clanton, Alabama 35045 USA
Who I am Use of CTB
I am an experienced community volunteer and leader with an undergraduate degree in Fine Art from Louisiana State University. I am passionate about connecting the youth of our rural community with the visual art world in conjunction with exploring, understanding and developing the individual's natural leadership style and creative problem solving skills so that they may direct their future career path and contribute to the growth and development of our local community and education system.
I am using the Comminty Tool Box as a current resource guide to better ensure all aspects of developing a long-term, sustainable action plan are utilized.
Date Name City,State/Province Zip Country
1 November 2015 PETER BUYONDO Kampala, Kampala +256 Uganda
Who I am Use of CTB
Independent Monitoring&Evaluation Accountability and Learning Expert, working in Uganda.
10yrs in NGO work at programming level.
It facilitated my planning for organisation . Thanks great tool
Date Name City,State/Province Zip Country
28 October 2015 vignon komlan lomé, golfe +228 togo
Who I am Use of CTB
I'm a manager of an orphnage
I'm using it to find volunteers, hmanitarians for long term work with my orphanage named FOVA-TOGO
Date Name City,State/Province Zip Country
28 October 2015 Mike Crawford Stockbridge, GA 30281 USA
Who I am Use of CTB
Business Development Manager with Falcon Design Consultants, a Civil Engineering company with experience in engineering, land planning, surveying, and construction management.
First look, interested in connecting with projects that utilize our services to remedy a solution for an organization.
Date Name City,State/Province Zip Country
12 October 2015 Oksie Kunapa Kainantu, Eastern Highlands Province 441 Papua New Guinea
Who I am Use of CTB
My name is Oksie. I am 31 and and married with 2 children. I graduated from University of Papua New Guinea with a Bachelors Degree in Social Works in 2010. I have worked with couple of NGOs, the current being Care International in PNG. I have just established a community based organisation (Agarabi Community Development Agency) with the vision to see a poverty free community and where everyone is empowered.
The organisation is still in its infancy and I am very pleased that the Community Tool Box is very useful as it helps me almost everything I need to know about community development and how to manage a CBO with some experiences that I have gained while working other international NGOs. I can confidently say that Community Tool Box is doing so much by providing relevant and quality information available to assist people and organisations who have dreams to develop their communities.
Date Name City,State/Province Zip Country
8 October 2015 betty kekana polokoane, limpopo +27 south africa
Who I am Use of CTB
i am a passionate youth who hate to see people struggling to make it for themselves, especially young people i believe that we are gifted in various ways and some of us are not able to see our potential and with the help of others we can realize our true potential.
i am using the toolbox to equip myself with skills that can help make the organisation be a success.
Date Name City,State/Province Zip Country
6 October 2015 nathan polty Canberra, ACT 2614 australia
Who I am Use of CTB
i am a student studying Public Health and i am from Papua New Guinea.
I am using the site for my studies and it is very helpful and i will utilise it afterwards.

thank you.
Date Name City,State/Province Zip Country
17 September 2015 Robin Fitzgerald Wilmslow, Cheshire SK9 2PD England
Who I am Use of CTB
I'm a 60 years of age and for the past 5 years I've been gaining the knowledge and qualification to work with people of all ages within my community who suffer from alcohol and drug misuse.
I'm a humanitarian a feminist and I believe that through education people from different cultures can learn how to live together in peace.
I've not tried using the community tool box as yet however, I shall be looking into within the next few hours. I might need some help.
Date Name City,State/Province Zip Country
16 September 2015 Jaliu Abubakari Walewale, Northern 233 Ghana
Who I am Use of CTB
I am an Mphil Student from the University For Development Studies, Ghana studying Community Health and Development.
The community tool Box has help me in my work in the community. I work for NGO's in the Area of data collection and analysis. The tool box has help me in doing proper community entry and community resource identification.
Date Name City,State/Province Zip Country
14 September 2015 Kellie Smith Lake Charles, LA 70601
Who I am Use of CTB
I am an outreach specialist in region 5 for a program implemented by the Bureau of Family Health called Nurse-Family Partnership. It's a community health program for first time moms. We have registered nurses who are partnered with these moms and they perform home visits from early in pregnancy until the child reaches 2 years old.
I'm just learning about Community Tool Box.
Date Name City,State/Province Zip Country
9 September 2015 Philip F JOHNSON DAKAR, NOT LISTED 00221 Sénégal
Who I am Use of CTB
I am an African, specifically Liberian. I presently work as a career Diplomat in my country's Foreign Service. Beside my official duties as a Foreign Service officer of Liberia, I have been engaged in several volunteer services in my country as well as in the African Region.
While I was in Liberia, I founded the Liberia chapter of the Internet society, an organization that advocate and promote the opened Internet and access for all. I serve as its first President. I also work as a volunteer staff with the Liberia chamber of Commerce, where I was appointed as Director of Trade and Industry.
I have decided to connect with your platform to gain further idea in inspiring volunteerism in my country.
Since I am justing join this plateform, this tool box will be use to mobilize volunteer for my organizations
Date Name City,State/Province Zip Country
6 September 2015 Josephine Kigundu Nairobi.Kenya, Nairobi +254 Kenya
Who I am Use of CTB
I work in a charitable organisation & would appreciate serving back in my community to serve girls with reusable sanitary pads
Date Name City,State/Province Zip Country
6 September 2015 Durhane Wong-Rieger Toronto, Ontario M5S 1S4 Canada
Who I am Use of CTB
President of an umbrella organization for rare disease organizations; individual advocate for patients and patients' rights and change; board on International Alliance of Patients' Organizations, Drug Information Agency; Asia-Pacific Alliance of Patients' Organizations
Very useful tools and training for community-based organizations
Date Name City,State/Province Zip Country
31 August 2015 Noveth Ezeh Aba, Abia state 00234 Nigeria
Who I am Use of CTB
I am a graduate of chemical engineering from university of benin city, nigeria. i am interested in running an adult education literacy program for the community where i live presently.
i am yet new on the tool box, but i hope to learn alot from it.
Date Name City,State/Province Zip Country
31 August 2015 Cassandra1 Richard ,
Who I am Use of CTB
Currently working for a non profit school based health organization. Recently, I became a Health educator for which I'm working on my Masters Degree.
Part of my responsibility is working with a youth group from different high schools in out parish. These amazing kids are focused on community and peer advocacy. Community Tool has assisted me in planning activities.
Date Name City,State/Province Zip Country
25 August 2015 Timothy Emanzi Baltimore, Maryland 21201 USA
Who I am Use of CTB
I am a policy analyst / program officer for the Office for Children with Special Health Care Needs.
I have been using the CTB mainly for staff development. My office just concluded the Title V federal block grant application and reporting and we are now in the planning phase. The curriculum on strategic planning (VMOSA) has been a gem in getting staff and stakeholders on board.
Date Name City,State/Province Zip Country
24 August 2015 Alex Austin, Texas 78712 United States of America
Who I am Use of CTB
The Annette Strauss Institute is a non-profit organization on the University of Texas at Austin campus that encourages civic engagement and participation in Title I middle and high schools in Austin and Dallas areas by hosting the Speak Up! Speak Out! project, a civics fair centered around a grassroots problem solving curriculum culminating in a competition and presentation to judges.
The Community Toolbox is a new resource for me, but I am hoping to learn a lot from it. Most of my work at Annette Strauss centers around community outreach, fundraising, and volunteer coordination, and the Toolbox seems to have all kinds of resources to help me out in these areas. This looks to be an invaluable resource for all non-profit management professionals, whether inexperienced (like myself!) or professional. Thank you!
Date Name City,State/Province Zip Country
22 August 2015 Claris ELDORET, NORTH RIFT 30100 KENYA
Who I am Use of CTB
I am a counseling psychologist, recovering injection drug user, living with HIV and an assistant program manager charged with planning, developing and implementing a counseling program for patients, employees and the community.
I am using this tool to develop Psychological Counseling program for patients, employees and the community. I have the opportunity to connect with other and possibly seek partnership, collaborations or networking with individuals, interns, universities or organizations with similar interests.
Date Name City,State/Province Zip Country
21 August 2015 Vanitha Samuel Kuala Lumpur, Federal Territory 58200 Malaysia
Who I am Use of CTB
I manage and teach at NLCC. The centre is focused on social reform and the pathway to this is literacy as there is a tremendous gap here in a failing national education system which continues to disadvantage the poor and marginalised. Our aim is to start pre-school and young learners centres in communities that have a need and demand for it - using the Jolly Phonics program as the tool for delivery.
We have just identified a community that will be our first branch and I found excellent materials on CBT to help with understanding how to set up a community literacy centre , project design information , project monitoring and evaluation etc. The language used and models presented are easy to follow. To summarize , the power of CBT for me is taking complexed issues and presenting it in clear and workable models for people who want to become social reformers to be efficient , knowledgeable and professional in this endeavour. Thank You.
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20 August 2015 Barb Heinzel Newhall, CA 91321
Who I am Use of CTB
I am a Certified Health Education Specialist and an adjunct professor in Gerontology
I have used the Community Tool Box as a reference for a few lectures - Roles & Skills for EBHP Instructors, and Problem-Solving, Safety Concerns & Burnout.
Date Name City,State/Province Zip Country
17 August 2015 Philip Tompkins Roanoke, VA 24015 USA
Who I am Use of CTB
I am an entrepreneur leading a passionate team of developers to build a community development platform (part social networking site for community developers; part crowd-sourcing site for gathering the people with skills, knowledge, tools, or funding needed to implement ideas; and part project management / team collaboration software). We are definitely fans of CTB and the support/resources you provide to community organizers and would absolutely love to get your feedback on what we've built so far what it might be still lacking. We are currently still in the MVP/Alpha/Pre-Beta stages of our product development. Also, the platform itself has been built to be able to evolve and rapidly iterate as the needs of community developers and organizers change. We're currently on a 1-2 week development cycle, so you're feedback and suggestions will be implement quickly and are very appreciated. Looking forward to collaborating with you to find new and innovative ways to support community developers and organizers.
Our team greatly appreciates the knowledge, support, and articles (with cited sources) provided by Community Tool Box.
Date Name City,State/Province Zip Country
12 August 2015 Joseph Pomroy NORTH CONCORD, Vermont 05858 United States of America
Who I am Use of CTB
I am a 60 year old male returning to college to earn my bachelor degree in human services. I am currently employed part time by Northeast Kingdom Human Services in St Johnsbury, Vermont as a receptionist/office clerk,
I am just being introduced to the Community Tool Box.
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10 August 2015 Kris Matthews Lawrence, Kansas 66045 USA
Who I am Use of CTB
I am a full-time research assistant/trainer and part time doctoral student at the KU School of Social Welfare. I have experience providing training to mental health centers and other organizations in positive behavior support and wraparound. My areas of interest include interagency collaboration, systems of care, and proactive/preventative approaches to addressing children's mental health.
Still exploring it but will let you know. My colleagues and I have done work in creating regional interagency teams in Kansas all connected through a community-focused, positive behavior support framework. I'd like to see how some of our presentation and facilitation material matches with what's in the toolbox.
Date Name City,State/Province Zip Country
6 August 2015 Rebecca New York, New York 10037 United States
Who I am Use of CTB
I work in the school community teaching children, families and staff members healthy living through nutrition education and home cooking classes. I have access to families and due to the work, parents share their struggles. And although healthy eating is the answer to many of them, it is not the answer to all. I find that "compassion" is my greatest asset in listening and motivating them to change. It is not something I was aware of prior to the work but compassion has developed the more I address their concerns.
I am not familiar with it yet, this is my first time signing in.
Date Name City,State/Province Zip Country
5 August 2015 Best Andafa , Nigeria
Who I am Use of CTB
I am a lawyer and I am interested in the development and empowerment of young people.
I am really excited about this platform because I am about to carry out a skills training for young girls and the information on community tool box has highly equipped me to be able to effectively pass out knowledge to these persons. Thank you.
Date Name City,State/Province Zip Country
2 August 2015 Leonie Waitai Kaitaia, Northland 0410 New Zealand
Who I am Use of CTB
I am a mother of 7, of Maori, NZ descent, living in a rural area at the very north of the country. Have been a community educator for many years and have recently commenced study in Social Sciences.
I am looking to develop education programmes in more remote areas of our region and looking at utilising the Community Toolbox to help to assess the needs of those communities.
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27 July 2015 adams terence Samaru, Zaria., Kaduna State +234 Nigeria
Who I am Use of CTB
i am a final year student (i.e. 4th year) of Mass Communication.
i am currently researching on how communication can be a tool to enhance various fields of endeavour. i will need help on the concept:communication tools or communication as a tool. this article on: Developing a Plan for Communication, has really been helpful.

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