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Many Black Hills groups are addressing complex social issues through a collective impact initiative.
Many Black Hills groups are addressing complex social issues through a collective impact initiative.
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April 19, 2016

Human Service Groups Meet to Help More Efficiently

Non-profit organizations that work to help the disadvantaged in the Black Hills will get together at the annual Community Partners Meeting at 9 a.m. Thursday, April 21, at the Journey Museum. 

The event is being organized by Community Services Connection, a coalition of Black Hills non-profit groups. The event will include the release of the HelpLine Center's 2015 Community Trends Report and an overview of the collective impact initiative underway in Rapid City. 

Read the full press release below: 

Community Partners Meeting brings non-profits together 

RAPID CITY – Parenting classes. Substance abuse counseling. Food pantries. Volunteer opportunities. Social service providers and non-profit groups in the Black Hills offer thousands of programs to help people in need in the community, but it’s not easy to keep up with what’s available.

That’s the idea behind the Annual Community Partners Meeting, an event that brings local groups together to share information about the programs and services they provide. The meeting is organized by Community Services Connection, a coalition of local non-profit groups.

About 50 local organizations are expected to participate in this year’s meeting on Thursday, April 21, at The Journey Museum. Registration is at 8:30 a.m. with the presentation beginning at 9 a.m.

“Community Services Connection is an invaluable resource for our community, serving as a hub for human service providers across the Black Hills,” said Leacey Brown, co-chair of Community Services Connection. “The Annual Partners meeting is a great opportunity to showcase the good work being done in our community.”

During the program, Albert Linderman will give an overview of the Collective Impact Initiative now underway in Rapid City.  The initiative brings together nonprofits, government, businesses, faith communities, philanthropists and local citizens to address complex social issues such as homelessness and poverty in order to bring about lasting social change in the community.

Linderman, a cultural anthropologist and consultant from Minnesota, has been hired to oversee the initiative.

In addition, Helpline Center will present its 2015 Community Trends Report, a compilation of calls to 211 from the six Black Hills counties in 2015. Helpline Center answers the free 24/7 “211” information line, which provides referrals to non-profit organizations and government agencies. Helpline also operates the  Volunteer Connections program.

Last year, Black Hills residents made 11,660 contacts with Helpline Center by calling or searching the online resource database.

The public is welcome to attend Thursday’s Community Partners meeting. There is no charge.


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