What is Community Impact?

Community Impact is having a forceful impression on your community by ways of community building.
 
Community Building
Community building is the process of engaging diverse stakeholders, including residents and others, in sustained, collaborative, strategic efforts to strengthen and improve conditions in identified areas. It is built upon the following principles:
  • building on the strengths of local individuals, associations, and organizations
  • Focusing on specific actions and measurable results to improve community life
  • promoting relationships and participation by people of all races, genders, ages, and cultures.
  • ensuring local decision-making and ownership
  • drawing upon the resources of the larger community
  • bridging all sectors to develop healthy children, families, and communities
  • sharing experience and knowledge to promote continuous community learning
Community Impact Teams
After reaching out to the community through an assesment we were able to find the areas that people in the community were looking for help in.  We created three community impact teams
  • Promoting Independence
  • Strengthening Children Youth and Families
  • Meeting Immediate Human Needs
These three teams were created to actively participate in United Way of Mid-Maine's effort to develop community expertise in a particular focus area, create a vision, identify critical objectives and work in partnership with community resources to achieve key results and improvements.  Community Impact Teams are United Way of Mid-Maine's primary mechanism for planning, status assesment, priority setting and allocations resources and results management.
 
We Create Change By...
  • developing Community Impact Teams to identify local priority needs and strategies to address them, that support lasting change
  • taking initiative and engaging the community to accomplish long lasting change, not just cosmetic, quick fixes, rather than only acting as a middleman for funds
  • applying better business practices, such as demanding more accountability bringing more resources and community partners to the table
  • addressing root causes of issues, such as mental illness, lack of employment, or drug addiction as the root cause of homelessness
  • creating a better alignment of our mission and community resources and decreaing duplication of services to create long lasting changes in peoples' lives and the community
 

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