Community partnerships work for change
As a member of the General Federation of Women’s Clubs International, clubs are encouraged to reach out to their communities to seek and build relations with other civic organizations. Partnerships with other civic organizations allow us to share information, leadership, talents, services and provide other types of support that can add to achievements for the community.
Community partnerships can start with a personal, business relationship or an employee volunteer program. Networking helps volunteers develop a clear vision for achieving goals. This saves time, costs and creates improved performance through shared responsibilities.
Partnerships can be formed to help organizations accomplish a variety of shared goals related to changing public policy or passing specific legislation. Community-based organizations can offer unique and important insights into the challenges and opportunities facing residents in their area and can help local officials improve their ability to communicate and connect with a wide range of community members.
Local, county, state government agencies, schools, community colleges, civic organizations and hospitals are examples of embedded networks of community organizations and partnerships.
In Russellville, organizations such as Book Lovers Study Club, Cultura Garden Club, Delta Kappa Gamma, Civitan International, Rotary International and many more have similar interests. They serve people, encourage good citizenship, support education, develop future leaders, promote the arts, protect the environment, beautify the city, promote health and wellness and grow local economy just to mention some of their goals that make our community better.
Some non-profit organizations have affiliated companies that support their projects. The General Federation of Women’s Club International, for example, is affiliated with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Operation Smile, Canine Companions, March of Dimes, United Nations Foundation, Shot@Life Campaign and many more.
Citizens should always be aware of the individuals in the community who participate in activities that benefit the community. Look to businesses, special interest organizations, government agencies, churches, school groups and more for support.
The true gain of partnership may be from developing friendships and collaborating with positive individuals who have a good heart and care about their community.