The State of Organizing and Engagement work in Massachusetts CDCs
Working with community residents is the core work of CDCs. MACDC has had a long history of supporting community organizing and community engagement at CDCs from the Ricanne Hadrian Initiative for Community Organizing (1998-2006) to our current peer groups for organizers and resident service coordinators as well as Mel King Institute trainings.
As part of MACDC’s 2018 Strategic Plan, the board determined that we should conduct an assessment of the current state of community organizing within the MACDC Membership. In 2020, we hired Danny LeBlanc to conduct this research and produce a report for MACDC. Danny is the former executive director of Somerville Community Corporation and has worked as a community organizer for decades.
Over the past year, Danny has interviewed dozens of people and reviewed many documents and websites to get a sense of where things stand within our membership. He also worked with an Advisory Committee made up of CDC staff, organizers from other groups and a funder) to garner additional input.
On Thursday, October 14, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. we will share his findings and have discussion about what it all means; where do we go from here?
Please join us to learn about the different types of community organizing and community engagement being done by MACDC’s members; discuss ways to deepen the community organizing or engagement work you are doing and strategize with MACDC on how we can support members to be more effective in this work. All CDC staff and board members are invited as well as allies and partners. We hope you will come and contribute to this important conversation.