None of this success happens by itself. “When oversight slacks off, each non-profit naturally evolves into what they were doing when they were out on their own,” observes Sally.
Bill emphasizes, “You have to make a huge investment in communications, and then keep at it.”
So a community advisory group of civic leaders, parents and representatives from partnering organizations meets once a month. The leaders of those organizations get together monthly, too. The Partnership’s board also meets on a regular basis. And a Partnership staffer meets with program managers to troubleshoot and share lessons learned.
“Cooperation must be nurtured,” explains the Partnership’s current executive director, Veronica Fleming. “That applies to both the non-profit service providers and the community itself. We engage in intensive, ongoing outreach to make the community feel ownership of the facility.”
They continue to go out in the community to pass out brochures. And they throw holiday parties and block parties like the one to which Lattie Dark took Amier. ►