The blog this week was written by Michele Momotiuk, the administrative assistant at The Arcadia Institute. After the first Building a Community of Belonging Forum in 2010, a Network was formed that has been meeting monthly since. This group has been instrumental in planning subsequent Building a Community of Belonging Forums including beginning to plan 2013’s Forum which will be held on Thursday, March 21, 2013. There will be some exciting news coming out later this summer about that event.
The Network has also created the Kalamazoo: A Community Where All People Belong Commitment to Inclusion Checklist. The purpose of this checklist is to help organizations evaluate where they are at when it comes to being ready to accommodate people with disabilities and creating a community culture of inclusion. The Network believes that truly including everyone in a community can only make it stronger using the gifts, passions, perspective and knowledge of all its residents. This checklist is now available to Network organizations on-line so that they may gauge their strengths, determine areas that need strengthening, and measure progress in their organizations. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like a survey collection setup for your organization.
The Network has also been working on plans for sharing what we are about with others in the community. If you are interested in learning more about the network, please contact email@example.com.