Community Empowerment Through Education and Collaboration

Brief report on Building Change in Indiana

April 28, 2012

On April 23, 2012, the Center for Community Growth partnered with the Three Rivers Community Foundation, and the Center for Northern Appalacian Studies to hold the first annual Building Change in Indiana conference in IUP’s Kieth hall. The event brought together 22 service agencies and advocacy organizations from Indiana County and across the region for a series of town hall discussions featuring community leaders, and fundraising experts.

The discussion ranged from financial constraints felt by everyone working in the room, to identifying ways to empower folks across the county, particularly those served by the organizations in the room, for example, low-income families, people of color, GLBT community, victims of domestic violence, and the general public.

Featured speakers were: Dr. Carolyn Princes, President, NAACP; Karen Bieger, President of PFLAG; Ayanda Masilela from Northwest Human Services; Sandy Harbor, Director, ICCAP; Scott Tyson, President Health Care 4 All PA, Jo Ellen Bowman, Executive Director, HAVEN; Brian Cope, Coalition for a Healthy County. In addition, The Three Rivers Foundation, Western Grantmakers of Pennsylvania, and local fundraising consultant Heidi Malin provided information and advice for cash strapped organizations.

As a follow-up to the conference, the Center is working with ICCAP and the NAACP to set up voter education tables at 19 food banks across Indiana County. Click Here to find out more.

We’re also looking forward our first annual the Building Indiana Film Festival to be launched in January, 2013 in downtown Indiana.

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