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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
6 July 2014 Estrella Evangelista Las Vegas, NV 89129 USA
Who I am Use of CTB
A community advocate that aim to change the mindset from healthcare to health Resource guide for program proposal.
Date Name City,State/Province Zip Country
6 July 2014 Ernesto Vasquez Portland, Oregon 97211 United States
Who I am Use of CTB
I am currently an undergraduate student studying Music with a concentration in Education and Business Administration with minors in Entrepreneurship and Psychology. Upon graduation, I plan to continue my education in the fields of Community Psychology and Music Education. In the future, I hope to establish a music education nonprofit organization for at-risk youth in urban communities.
I have just recently stumbled upon the CTB and I can tell it will be a great resource that will expand my knowledge on how to pursue community engagement for positive change.
Date Name City,State/Province Zip Country
4 July 2014 Mahawa Komala Monrovia Liberia, Monrovia N/A Liberia
Who I am Use of CTB
My name is Mahawa Komala from Liberia west africa, I am a volunteer member of a peace building organization in Liberia called (Everyday Ganhis) our mission is to educate and inspire the public, supporting peace through sharing stories and experiences that illustrate fresh thinking, respect for traditional culture,restoration of nature, innovative media, and the importance of community storytelling. as a peace-builder, as we understand it, is the inside-outsider who, by tending to that role, catalyzes the wisdom of an individual or community to restore its intrinsically sustainable authentic nature.
The community tool box has been very helpful to me and also my work in the community, I dream to become a environmental scientist, I have interest in community issue and development, I get most of my article from the community tool box, whenever we have a project to undertake in our community I used the community tool box to get all of my information in during my presentation, I am very thankful to the university of Kansas of creating this tool box for us.

Thanks

Mahawa Komala
Liberia
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4 July 2014 FREDERICK NUURI-TEG Tamale, Northern Region +233
Who I am Use of CTB
I am a 25 year old gentleman and a graduate student of the University for Development Studies,Tamale, Ghana where I am currently studying MSc Community Health and Development.I am also an intent at a non-governmental organization called SavanaSignatures. I have personal interest in activities that has to do with community development which explains my desire of being a community developer especially in the area of health so as to improve lives of people wherever i find myself.
The tool box with its rich content will go a long way to equip me with the necessary resource and knowledge to effectively undertake any community development programme.
Date Name City,State/Province Zip Country
27 June 2014 Tami Ruckman Asheville, NC 28806 United States
Who I am Use of CTB
I am the Director of Development at Eliada Home for Children, and have been doing program planning and fundraising for non-profits for 25 years. My background is social work.
I have used Community Tool Box for years - it helps me write grants, develop outcomes, lead processes, develop protocols, and so on. It is like "planning in a box". It is everything I have learned about non-profit work in outline form! I love it!
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25 June 2014 Betsy Stapleton Hephzibah, GA 30815 USA
Who I am Use of CTB
I retired and have volunteered to work with a group who has shown interest in building a substance abuse program ministry in our church and local community. At the present time, we researching credible sources to build this incredibly needed program.
In searching for credible sources, I came across Community Tool Box site and was highly impressed with valuable information. I have not gotten into using the Community Tool Box, because I have not found whether or not substance abuse would be in the program at all. However, I decided to make contact and ask specific questions if we could possibly get help from this amazing organization.

I did subscribe to the eNewletter.
Date Name City,State/Province Zip Country
24 June 2014 Jennifer Leaf , Hawke's Bay New Zealand
Who I am Use of CTB
A group of art and design students from a local tertiary institution, Eastern Institute of Technology, presented to our parks team and Councillors on design ideas for an upcoming park revitalisation - one of the groups referenced ctb.ku.edu - that seemed familiar!
I am a KU alum (Bachelors Geography '87 and MSEd '92)
Good resource you have here - being used around the world!
Date Name City,State/Province Zip Country
16 June 2014 Bagrmwin Lawrence Nandom, Wa 5 Ghana
Who I am Use of CTB
I am a student of the University for Development Studies. I am reading masters in community health and Development. I work with the Ministry of Health in Ghana as a Nurse Practitioner
It help me in understanding key concepts in community health and development as a student. After my studies, it would health me in establishing foundation that would be devoted to community work.
Date Name City,State/Province Zip Country
14 June 2014 Binta Moustapha Calabar, Cross River State 54002 Nigeria
Who I am Use of CTB
Binta Moustapha teaches Basic Science and Biology at a privately owned school where she also heads the Mathematics, Science and Technology Department to earn a living.

She is most noted for her efforts towards promoting mathematics, science and technical education for young Nigerian learners especially girls since 2010 through a nonprofit organization which started as B'da Best Concepts but now registered as The Best Education for Development Foundation.

She has just opened an adult and Continuing Education Center this May 2014 to help young girls and women who were withdrawn from western schools for marriage acquire knowledge and skills to function effectively in the Community.

She just qualified for an award which recognizes women in Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics-(STEM) across Africa and Middle East sponsored by the United States Department for Education and Cultural Affairs.

This award is an all expense paid 5 weeks Internship at Washington DC and Silicon Valley in San Francisco USA scheduled for the 30th to the 5th of November 2014.

She looks forward to partnerships, empowerments and collaborations that will help develop her initiatives in Nigeria.
The Community Tool box has been a map to provide structure and content for my work.

The information and guidelines are indispensable.
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10 June 2014 Salomé Meyer Cape Town, 7700 South Africa
Who I am Use of CTB
I am a social worker by training, worked mainly in community development for most of working my career (full time). Became involved in cancer as a volunteer and for the last 20 years have focussed in this field using community development skills in a consultancy and voluntary capacity. Am also an active independent cancer advocate - using political and media advocacy focussing on breast and cervical cancer that is shows the highest incidence and mortality rates for women in South Africa and Africa.
I came across your website with the most wonderful toolkits and references – I do have to say that it is SOOO great to see work shared in the public domain. I am from Cape Town, South Africa – and involved in advocacy – which in SA is not really as developed as in many other countries. We are in process of developing an Advocacy and Communication training course for cancer non-profit organisations, and will be implementing a massive media based campaign for Advocates for Breast Cancer (ABC) around breast cancer policy development. In the notes we will make specific reference to your toolkits and will further refer the toolkits to the our colleagues in the AORTIC African Cancer Advocacy Consortium (ACAC).
Date Name City,State/Province Zip Country
8 June 2014 Youchaou TRAORE Bamako, Mali Mali
Who I am Use of CTB
I am the executive director of a local NGO dealing with community development activities like health, education, IGA, youth development, etc.
This is my first time to discover your web site and tool box. It helped me a lot improve the action plan of my organisation and it has been particularly helpful for my junior staff who found it very simple and easy to use. Thank you very much for developing these tools and making them available for free for the development of humanity. You are doing a great job. Thank you very much.
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8 June 2014 Ikleen Ibrahim Tamale, Northern Region Ghana
Who I am Use of CTB
I am a masters student at the University for Development studies. i am enrolled in the Community Health and Development Program. i have a keen interest in community work, a result of several years of observing the worsening plight of may communities in my country. this is despite the fact that so much has been attempted by government and other organizations to make things better.
The Toolbox for me is a timely intervention. From community assessment to developing advocacy campaigns, the toolbox gives me all the information needed to go into action. its emphasis on participatory methods for sustainable initiatives is worthy of note and emulation. My plans are already in motion towards setting up a research, advocacy and policy analysis organization and one of my worries has been sourcing of funding. the toolbox is therefore particularly resourceful in that light, i am grateful to Prof. Stephen B. Fawcett for introducing me to this resource.
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5 June 2014 ADONGO ATOGUMLEMYA PROSPER YUA-NAVRONGO, GHANA
Who I am Use of CTB
I am ADONGO ATOGUMLEMYA PROSPER a native of Yua-Navrongo and a graduate student studying community health and development of the university for development studies.
it is a very important source for me to get information for my assignments.
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5 June 2014 Abubakari Sumaila Gariba Bawku, Upper East Region Ghana
Who I am Use of CTB
Am an Msc. student in community health and development at UDS Tamale, am also a registered nurse and a nurse tutor at the presby NTC, Bawku
Am using it assist me in community field work and in teaching my students as a source of information
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4 June 2014 Dr. Young Usen , Nigeria
Who I am Use of CTB
I am an educationist by profession. Have traveled wide across the different continent of the world. Am very concern and passionate about the pathetic condition and lack of proper development and organization of most communities in my country, and how to bring improvement to support what the government is doing. I have been considering starting an organization that will partner with private and government bodies and contribute to the improvement, provision of basic services and development to the less privileged citizens in their various communities across the nation. In my quest for useful and helpful materials, i stumbled on the Community Tool Box.
Have just downloaded all the PowerPoint slides. Am studying them slide by slide. Afterward, I intend to start recruiting a team of volunteers with similar vision and passion, train them using the community tool box materials, then we will launch the Community Organization for Development Initiative across my nation. I am optimistic that with the rich content of the CTB, I will be able to effect an action that will eventually benefit the ordinary citizen in my Country. I also want to make further contact with CTB organization for any kind of affiliation that might be available. Thank you very much for the good job with the CTB.
Date Name City,State/Province Zip Country
4 June 2014 ANYOKA BEDE TAMALE, GHANA
Who I am Use of CTB
I am a post graduate student of University for Development Studies, studying community health and development. who wish to go into the academia that into lecturing and helping the rural communities in Ghana.
i wish to use the community tool box in my quest to be a lecturer and to design community interventions that will help solve my community problems.
Date Name City,State/Province Zip Country
4 June 2014 M.Arsalan Tahir korangi, karachi 75160 pakistan
Who I am Use of CTB
we are youth group working for youth of korangi , we are empowering our fellows by train them on different topics and life skills , which can make them benifical for society
CTB IS HELPING us by making us understand the concepts of community ,we use the speciman of fund rasing module and lectures
Date Name City,State/Province Zip Country
4 June 2014 David Dumakawe Tamale, Tamale +233 Ghana
Who I am Use of CTB
My name is David Dumakawe, a Community Health and Development student of the University for Development Studies, Tamale, Ghana. I am a entrepreneur but with a community nutrition background.
As a Community Health and Development student, with an interest in the area of health literacy, this is just the resource i need to be able to embark on this exercise. In Ghana and mostly especially Northern region,one can have cases of high Antenatal Clinic visits but low supervised skilled deliveries, and this is a worrying trend because of our quest to reducing maternal and infant mortality. My work is going to be a lot more easier with this community tool box as my guide. It will also help me in managing my business as well, most especially in areas of selling my ideas and work to people using social marketing techniques and principles.
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4 June 2014 Ikleen Ibrahim Tamale, Ghana
Who I am Use of CTB
I am master student, studying Community Health and Development. I have a keen interest in community issues and participatory methods for sustainable development.
The Toolbox is to me a resource like like none other. It is giving me a more practical insight into the assessment of community needs and resources, building leadership and dealing with opposition. Among other things I am glad that I can readily see what others have done in their situation and be able to adapt and customize it to fit mine. I am about starting an advocacy and policy research organization and the toolbox resource on funding proposal is very informative. It really straigtens all ambiguity and for me, research, teaching and training, as well as building partnerships for future developmental projects just got easier. I am grateful.
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3 June 2014 Rashid Kawawa Abubakar Bolgatanga, Upper East Region Ghana
Who I am Use of CTB
My name is Rashid Kawawa, a male. I trained as a teacher and a development specialist. I am currently pursuing a master of philosophy in Community Health and Development at the University for Development Studies-Ghana, hoping to help ensure a healthy Ghana and the world as a whole with my new skills.
Globally, there is wide acclamation of the importance of sanitation to education, health, well being and development. However the attention given to sanitation issues especially in Ghana is so scant with about 90% of Ghana's population having no access to improved basic sanitation (WHO/UNICEF Joint Monitoring Programme for Water Supply and Sanitation, 2008). Studies have shown that schools lacking such amenities as toilets and access to water create an unwelcome environment which leads to absenteeism and finally resulting into drop out, (The Borgen Project. The importance of sanitation to education, Feb.2013)
In Bolgatanga Secondary School, this issue has reached crisis proportion because even though there are some few toilet facilities around, they are so dysfunctional that almost all the students (1000+ , both sexes), practice open defecation. This practice undermines their dignity and compromises their fundamental human right. The Community Tool Box will help me to design an intervention tailored to mobilize resources that can provide basic water, sanitation and hygiene infrastructure to make Bolga Secondary School the destination for effective academic work. But also, the intervention will inculcate education and awareness creation into the students to bring about the desired behavior change, especially the issue with open defecation. This will allow the students to stay healthy and improve performance. KAWAWA
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3 June 2014 GIDEON SUMAILA BAKARI TAMALE, NORTHERN 00233 GHANA
Who I am Use of CTB
I am currently offering a Master's degree in Community Health and Development at the University for Development Studies. I am a biomedical scientist by profession but intends to be a community development worker so as to help bring about positive change in the rural communities of Ghana.
The northern part of Ghana over the years have been faced with several developmental issues and i have been inspired, motivated and charged to contribute my quota in bringing about development within that zone which i happen to find my hometown.
I intend to act as a link between communities and a range of other authorities and partners who have the interest in community development. By doing this, it would give me the opportunity to frequently address inequalities and problems in various communities that are usually perceived to be culturally,socially and demographically disadvantaged.
As a community development trainee,the Community Tool Box will help me bring about social change and improve the quality of life of the local areas which i work in. Thus, it would help me plan as to what the community needs so as to take appropriate strategies to meet targeted goals.
The Community Tool Box will again, help me to gain requisite skills and techniques in order to actively engage communities in making sense of the issues which affect their lives, setting goals for improvement and responding to problems and needs through empowerment and active participation in order to solve problems and improve lives.
Date Name City,State/Province Zip Country
3 June 2014 ruhaima issah zorro tamale, northern tl ghana
Who I am Use of CTB
i am a postgraduate student in community health and development at the university for development studies in northern ghana. i also work at the tamale west hospital as a general registered nurse. i however aspire to be an international community development worker after completion of my studies
the community tool box is a what i will refer to as a pocket companion. always readily available to suite any kind of work, be it academic exercise or career based challenges because it is not just knowledge based but skills as well.
this tool box will be my greatest asset towards achieving high contraceptive usage among community members to actualize a committed social change in reducing fertility levels at the grass roots. this is so necessary because, in ghana the poor and less educated are the most fertile with large family sizes leading too more constraints and burden worsening their already low socio economic status with its accompanying problems of poor health and lack of development.
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3 June 2014 SUTAA FRANCIS DAMONGO, TAMALE +233 GHANA
Who I am Use of CTB
My name is Sutaa Francis from Nandom in the Upper West Region of Ghana. I am a nurse practicing at West Gonja Hospital at the public health unit. I did my nursing training at Jirapa nurses training college, preceded to Catholic University to do Bsc. Public Health and Allied Sciences (health management) and now at the University For Development Studies reading MSc Community Health And Development.
I am a nurse whose work is more on health promotion. My main aim is to improve the health status of the people especially maternal and child health. I have heard of the Community Tool Box but had not used it because I did not have much knowledge of it. I have come to realized that I have failed in most of my interventions because I have no power and direction. Now that I have a broader idea of the Community Tool Box, I have been empowered and I am going to use it as my dictionary or a compass in my daily activities. I am assuring Prof. Stephen and the world that they are going to hear my success stories in the near future. Thank you very much.
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3 June 2014 TUO CECILIA NANDOM UPPER WEST, WA +233 GHANA
Who I am Use of CTB
Cecila tuo is my name, from a town called Nandom in the Upper West Region of Ghana.Iam a lady of 48 yrs old and a Dagao by tribe. Professionally i am a nurse,completed Jirapa nurses training college,went for midwifery training in Kumasi,proceeded to Korle-bu for basic public health nursing in the year 2000. Then went to the Catholic University for BSc in Public Health Management, and i am now reading Community Health and Development in UDS Tamale. Hobby :singing and dancing, Ambition: community Health and Development expert.
Actually i have not used much of the community tool box in my life, until when Mr kyerewura took us on a module promoting community health and development. Even with that i did not go deep to know what it contained. This probably could be that the green light was not shown as prof has done now. I only opened it when i wanted information on community need assessment, but now that the green light has been given, the tool will help me in my professional carrier especially as a midwifery tutor. God bless you prof.
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3 June 2014 GODWIN TIETAAH TAMALE, GHANA
Who I am Use of CTB
I have been teaching for the past twenty years and it suffice to say that, half of my working life has been with adolescents. I currently pursue a course in Community Health and Development in the University for Development Studies in Ghana as a Master's student and my reason for running this course is to help change my small community for the better through youth/adolescent empowerment in reproductive health related issues, for tomorrows future depends on today's youth.
I was introduced to this website by my astute lecturers of the Community Health and Development department of the University for Development Studies in Ghana, and as a teacher in the basic/second cycle level and a student of Community Health and Development, my interest is in the health of adolescents in general and their reproductive health in particular.
The CTB has armed me with all the tools needed to strengthen me and make me become more resilient and self-reliant in dealing with not just only my interest but other related community challenges.
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3 June 2014 KONLAN KENNEDY DIEMA TAMALE, NORTHERN REGION GHANA
Who I am Use of CTB
I am a master’s student in Community Health and Development in the University for Development studies Department of Allied Health Sciences; School of Medicine and Health Sciences. I currently work as a registered general nurse with the Tamale Teaching Hospital and licenses under the authority of the Ghana Nurse’s and Midwife’s Council. I hold a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing and a diploma in general nursing from the University of Development Studies and the nurses training college Tamale respectively.
Yes I have used the community tool box. Even though am not very versatile in its use, my review of the page and content; I feel this will be a valuable tool box for the day to day activities I intend to carry out in communities. The community tool box seems to me like a one stop point where I can access all the requisite tools necessary for community interventions. The tools are well planned and very adaptable to the Ghanaian situation. I am very happy I found the community tool box kind cutesy Professor Steven. This will be a valuable tool to me as a student and out of school. Thank you.
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3 June 2014 Frank Adjei Adansi Hweremoasi, Ashanti Region +233 Ghana
Who I am Use of CTB
I am Frank Adjei with BSc Public Health and MPhil in Community Health and Development.
I have the interest in the health of the people at the deprived community levels and how to assist and empower such people to develop and maintain their own health
To collaborate and bring out the community level participation to ensure mobilisation and community ownership
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3 June 2014 Austin Gideon Adobasom Tamale, Northern Region 00233 Ghana
Who I am Use of CTB
A final year Mphil student in community health and development (sandwich) at the University for Development Studies. I'm of a nutrition background from UDS and the Executive Director of the Optimum Nutrition and Health Consult, an organisation that advocates for healthy lifestyle choices and provides counseling for persons with specific health issues such as obesity, hypertension, diabetes.
The community Tool Box would go a long way to help me better my advocacy skills in championing the paradigm shift in the lifestyle choices and also learn to partner others for greater impact in the health and development in the community.
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3 June 2014 Augustina Achigibah Tamale, Northern Region Ghana
Who I am Use of CTB
Am a student pursuing Community Health and Development at the University for Development Studies.My desire to work with rural communities and marginalized groups to improve their lives actually inspired me to pursue this program. A particular area of interest to me is adolescent health and development. My desire is to work with adolescents especially young girls to enhance their total development for the future.
Currently, am using the section on starting a youth/mentor ship group. I want to start a mentor ship program dubbed 'sister2sister' for senior high school girls in one or two selected schools in Tamale. The objective of this is to enhance the development of young girls in the areas of education, building self-esteem/confidence, career development guidance, sexual health and decision making and leadership skills.This section is giving me insight on how to start the program.
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2 June 2014 Helen Kupoka Abeongo Tamale, Northern Region Ghana
Who I am Use of CTB
I am an ICT teacher by profession teaching at a senior high school in Tamale, Ghana. I am currently an Msc. student pursuing a course in Community Health and Development in the University for Development Studies.
For literature search
For course assignments
For report writing
For planing
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2 June 2014 David Aladago Tamale, Nothern Region 0233 Ghana
Who I am Use of CTB
I work with ADDRO (an NGO in Ghana) as a Behaviour Change Officer. I am also a student of the University for Development Studies; studying community health and development.
I will soon be carrying out a my thesis research in some communities in the Upper East Region. I do sincerely want to give something (feedback/information) back to the communities when the study is complete. The Community Tool Box has offered me the perfect guide on how to do so.
I have also found that the CTB has a superior guide to developing competitive grant proposals; I will surely make the CTB website known to my employing organisation and my co-workers.
Date Name City,State/Province Zip Country
2 June 2014 Bill Steimel Fond du Lac, Wisconsin 54935 United States
Who I am Use of CTB
I work with rural communities to help them build a sustainable economic system.
Just found your website - I will let you know.
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2 June 2014 AMOAH ANETU DAMIEN NAVRONGO, BOLGATANGA GHANA
Who I am Use of CTB
I AM A NURSE BY PROFESSION,HAS WORKED FOR THE PAST 14YEARS.I AM HIGHLY MOTIVATED,EASILY ASSOCIATE WITH OTHERS AND VERY FAST TO LEARN NEW THINGS.I LISTEN A LOT AND TALK LESS.
THE COMMUNITY TOOL BOX WILL HELP ME TO TREAT THE HEALTH OF THE INDIVIDUAL IN A WHOLISTIC MANNER,KNOWING THAT,HEALTH AND DEVELOPMENT ARE INSEPERABBLE.
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26 May 2014 Terri Johnson Lakeland, FL 33813 Polk
Who I am Use of CTB
I am a student at USF in Tampa studying Population Health Providing statistical reserch
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25 May 2014 Loraine Wyatt Troy, OH - Ohio 45373 United States
Who I am Use of CTB
Student at Antioch University Midwest- Human Services/Grant writer
Hoping that the tool box will help me expand on ideas for new grant writing opportunities.
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20 May 2014 tangie wilson decatur, Georgia 30032 United States
Who I am Use of CTB
I am a project manager with steps toward the future. We focus on advocacy, educational and preventive services for teens.
Using the information to help take action.
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15 May 2014 Abeni Reynolds Columbia, Maryland 21044 USA
Who I am Use of CTB
I am the Survey Center Manager working with reports and statistics of our survey panels and research. Recently, I was asked about my grant writing abilities. I really had not done this before. So, I am writing to inquire if it is possible to send a HARD COPY of the Tool Box for Grant Writing. I have reviewed on line but do not have the time either at work or home to spend that much time online.
If you are able to send me a hard copy, I can work at it little by little to educate myself to become a grant writer and expand our business. Thank You.
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8 May 2014 Georgia Youngblood-Bey Southfield, Michigan (MI) 48076 United States
Who I am Use of CTB
I am a doctoral student and I am now researching on the topic I am interested in, and that is diabetes. Many friends and family members I know has this disease. I am researching to find out why this disease exists. And how I can help communities across the nation who has this disease. I know that being educated on the subject is one and what method can I use to do research?
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28 April 2014 Lisa Ash Sublett Lenexa, Kansas 66215 United States
Who I am Use of CTB
Hello,
I am a patient's rights advocate working in support of Kansas SB9: The Cannabis Compassionate Care Act. I am a mother to 7. I have worked in marketing/promotions/advertising for over 16 years but my passions are history and cultural anthropology. I am going back to school in Fall for a Public Administration degree from KU. I am hosting a rally on May 17th to support the cannabis act, Bleeding Kansas 2014 (Facebook group), and I am so grateful to have found your wonderful site.
I have already downloaded all your power points, and shared all pertinent pages with my Bleeding Kansas Protest Facebook group. This information will be invaluable in the coming months. I will be using your petition checklist tomorrow as call and get all the needed information to make sure the petition we will starting, asking for the act to be put to a public vote, is completely solid. I am so grateful to have found you!! Thank you so much. We have so many patients whose lives are in the balance. We lost a precious 18 month old this year. We have many other patients still waiting. It is imperative we do all we can, and also that we do it in the correct, and most effective manner.
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26 April 2014 Rob Assels River John, Nova Scotia B0K1N0 Canada
Who I am Use of CTB
We are a rural community in northern Nova Scotia (pop. 1,000). Predominantly farming, fishing and forestry. We have a good volunteer base, but a rapidly aging population. We have a fair amount of diversity, generally in the area of contractors and tourism/cottager support businesses. Our environment is relatively pristine - no big industry. Federal, provincial and municipal governments are no longer able to provide services at the level they previously could.
We just found your website and it provides us with most of the tools we feel we need to strengthen the ties that bind so that we can become more resilient and self-reliant. Fortunately, we are launching a quarterly community newspaper and will use it to promote participation in our asset mapping exercise. Each issue will solicit support in identifying the various assets (physical, social and personal) we have so we can determine where the gaps are. Thanks for helping a small community!
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24 April 2014 Donna Hand Willcox, Arizona 85643 USA
Who I am Use of CTB
I had done self-help groups on various topics here in south eastern Arizona in the pass. I have mental issues myself and find peer groups help me maintain a positive attitude toward myself and how I perceive the world around me. Is also a great way in creating alternative perceptions, alternative solutions to similar reoccurring events, and learn new ways to advocacy for each other and individually. It has been several years since I was involved in peer support and find my mental status becoming fragile and shaky. When I feel I cannot influence or control numerous events in my life; especially the way people treat me (after years of therapy), it occurred to me my attitude or perception has become negative. I lack hope and faith in living a better life. I must not be using alternatives in solving these similar reoccurring events; nor am I using alternative perspectives. It is time to facilitate a self-help peer support group, since there are none available here.
I was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress severe enough that serious mental illness was attached. There is a debate over whether I have Borderline personalty or Complex-PTSD. I disagree with the borderline personalty (rural mental health center) and agree with Complex-PTSD (my therapist, I was seeing outside the rural mental health center).
Another factor is the policy changes that are occurring which is putting physical and mental health care together puts primary care physicians at the fore-front of mental health issues and potentially access to mental health programs even a worse problem in rural areas because of the lack of choices in physicians' or facilitators of various programs.
Additional factor is that the majority of rural communities cultural differences are extremely diverse and lack major perspective similarities from one to another.
Last factor is wanting to return to obtain my Bachelors degree in psychology. I have five classes to go however have failed Abnormal Psychology twice and withdraw 3 times; I need to overcome this issue.
Noteworthy points:
1- Our rural mental health centers use a more authoritative approach because most individuals are mandated by the court to use these facilities. They put people who volunteer to enter groups, treatment or therapy in these programs. One program does not fix everyone. (I am volunteer.)
2- My personal experience is that the majority of rural mental health centers lack programs that are client-oriented programs rather than court-oriented programs. Peer support groups are rare.
3- Client-oriented programs vs court-oriented programs
*Client-oriented programs are designed in a way that the service is non-compliant if the client does not like the facilities groups, treatment, or therapy, as well as, the facilitators' behavior, attitude, attendance, or performance. The service works for the client similar to an advertising service works for a business.
**Court-oriented programs are designed in a way that the client is non-compliant if the facilitator does not like the client's behavior, attitude, attendance, or performance. Service is provided for the client to meet courts requirements and service must uphold court regulations.
4-Equality is an excellent perspective; however, individuals unique differences can be overlooked, consequently individuals become objects in the process. People have different perceptions of people, events, and items attached to emotions. Objects lack perceptions nor possess emotions that are processed without differences, this makes object's performance the priority than than the object its self.
Note: You can quote me and have my permission to do so!! You can also use my name!
I am looking for new topics for self-help peer support group relevant to solving every day issues that attack a person's self-esteem, self-worth, and self-confidence.
Alternative approaches to resolving interactions with dealing with government programs, the continual policy changes, overwhelming increasing paperwork, and being treated like an object rather than a person. Learning and teaching now to advocate for one's self.
Alternative approaches to resolving interactions with family, friends, and the community.
Last but not least alternative perceptions of one's self, others, events, and programs. (As well, past and present behavior or treatment of the mentally ill by individuals in psychology relevant to abnormal psychology).
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24 April 2014 Stephen McCoy Minooka, Illinois 60447 Will
Who I am Use of CTB
I am a volunteer representative of a group that is helping veterans get jobs. We have some tools in place to recruit veteran job seekers and track their progress, but there is no unified program plan. I am attempting to develop this plan and I consider your site to be one of the better organized plans available.

Please contact me so I can find out more about your plan.

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23 April 2014 Americle Fuqua Lincoln, Nebraska 68504 United States of America
Who I am Use of CTB
Im in 8th grade. Im amazing. Im beautiful. To make a dont do drugs psa.
Date Name City,State/Province Zip Country
23 April 2014 Paul Onabanjo Fullerton, CA 92831 USA
Who I am Use of CTB
I am based in Saskatoon, Canada and I am currently pursuing an online Master's degree in Christian Leadership at Hope.
Reference materials for my term and research papers
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20 April 2014 Loveneet singh LA, NJ 07001 USA
Who I am Use of CTB
I am a physical therapist looking at stepping off toward a MPA. I work at a small local hospital and fellowship at church a half mile down the street. I have been pondering many things but have most recently been thinking in terms of how to bring my community together to promote family health/support structures in order to decrease crime, morbidity and increase the likelihood of success for our children and community members.
I just discovered this site tonight. I live in Southern CA. So far I think this site is amazing and am looking forward to implementing what I can to create positive change in my community.
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17 April 2014 prass Prawoto Medan, North Sumatera Province 20234 Indonesia
Who I am Use of CTB
I am a social activist and I having been working in the area of social issues covering from remote and urban areas, since 1985. In the last 10 years I have been dealing a lot with child and women protection issues, advocacy of child's and women's rights, community managed disaster risk reduction and providing a wide range of training service on the issues I mentioned to some NGO staff in my areas and of the government and non government.
I just came across today your website and I believe it would be of wonderful help.
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15 April 2014 SMSgt Hernan Berrios San Juan, PR 00902 Puerto Rico
Who I am Use of CTB
The Puerto Rico National Guard Civil Operations Program provides coaching and technical assistance to community anti-drug coalitions in Puerto Rico. We help community leaders develop and maintain alcohol, tobacco, and other substances abuse prevention coalitions to ensure our youth a drug free environment. Specifically, we provide support in the SPF's essential processes, collaborate with local authorities in their prevention initiatives and also support local universities in their prevention efforts.
The CTB provides an entire menu and outstanding variety of tools easy to use and understand. It is a rich and unique source of references for community work.
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11 April 2014 Pamela Role Bangalore, Karntaka 560095 India
Who I am Use of CTB
I am CEO at Commercial Office Bangalore. Being entrepreneur, I used to learn a lot from online things.
It provides a real experience as well as some skills too.
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10 April 2014 colleen simpson cairns, qld 4870 Australia
Who I am Use of CTB
I am a social worker and I have the experience of caring for a daughter with a mental illness. We have just started a peer support carers group and I am interested in seeking advice and community building in the mental health sector in rural and remote areas.
I have only found this site and not sure how to use it for my knowledge.
Date Name City,State/Province Zip Country
31 March 2014 Zaheer Abbas Washington, DC 20006 United States
Who I am Use of CTB
I am a civil society activist from Pakistan and one of the next generation leaders of McCain Institute. My work and expertise is about mainstreaming masculinities into research and violence prevention programs and engaging men and boys for gender equality and peace building. My areas of interest are gender, masculinities, religion, culture, counter terrorism and human development.
I refer to this excellent resource from time to time when needed and have referred to several organizations and development experts in Pakistan and United States. It has quality information that one needs in community development programs / initiatives. I would recommend it to organizations, no matter small or large to benefit from this excellent free resource.

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