Alliance Members' Civic Engagement Work
Alliance for Children and Families members engage and support their communities in a variety of ways. These stories showcase the many local programs and activities that promote healthy neighborhoods for children and families.
Alliance member Pillsbury United Communities developed a Youth Connections Project with the goal of developing leadership among youth in the community.
Alliance member Family & Children’s Place in Louisville, Ky., built its School Improvement Civic Engagement initiative around parent forums condiucted during Family Nights. Every Wednesday night, families come together to share a meal, their stories from the day, and their concerns and thoughts on issues within the community.
Working alongside community partners and legislative allies, Alliance member The Family Partnership in Minneapolis mobilized to oppose Minnesota state-wide initiatives that hurt equal opportunities and equal access to services for residents.
From 2008-2011, Alliance member Metropolitan Family Service (MFS) in Portland, Ore., used funding from an Alliance grant to significantly increase the involvement of individuals, age 50 and above. MFS staff continue to develop promising volunteer models to increase engagement among older adults, involve like-minded partners, and advocate for practices that support the vitality of older adults.
Through Alliance member Assurance Home's Mustang Project, the organization adopts three to four mustangs a year. Children who live in the Home gentle the horses and train them to become therapeutic riding horses for handicapped riding programs around the nation.
Alliance member Family and Youth Counseling Agency in Lake Charles, La., initiated a multi-year educational project that allowed adult and youth community members learn about civic engagement.
Alliance member Neighborhood Centers Inc. in Houston has adopted the asset-based approach to community development. This approach is critical to the organization's the work in community-based initiatives. The organization also promotes civic engagement through its Public Sector Solutions division, which infuses nonprofit experience and skills into the design and implementation of effective human services programs for other organizations
Alliance member Family Services Association in Dayton, Ohio strives to improve community living by working in conjunction with Dayton’s neighborhoods. The Community Building initiative covers the biggest areas of the city. The Phoenix project focuses on motivating the residents in the neighborhood to take on a neighborhood beautification project.
Community involvement at Alliance member Woodland Hills in Duluth, Minn., is primarily focused on youth. Young residents learn that by offering their time, care, and concern, they gain a greater respect for themselves and others.
Alliance member Jewish Family & Career Services in Atlanta worked with the Marcus Foundation started the Synagogue Engagement Initiative. The initiative promotes JF&CS’ services, educational workshops, professional support, and job placement services to local synagogues and the greater Atlanta community.
Contact the Alliance Civic Engagement Department with questions.