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Date: Tuesday May 1 Evening Session will be held at Upson EMC Annex building. Phase 2 presentation 5:00 PM- 6:00 and Volunteer Hands on training will be held from 6:30 PM- 8:00 PM.
Wednesday May 2 Lunch Session will be held at Upson EMC Annex building. Phase 2 presentation 10:00 AM -11:00 AM and Volunteer Hands on training will be held from 11:30 AM- 1:00 PM
What is Heart & Soul?
Community Heart & Soul is a short term locally drive initiative designed to involve everyone, identify what matters most and to help Thomaston-Upson pay and win the long game for a successful tomorrow.
· Actively seeks the collective wisdom of all residents including those whose voices are often missing
· Helps build trust among individuals, groups and organizations
· Takes into account the unique character of a town
· Recognizes the deep emotional connection of the people who live here
· Leads to decisions that are based on what matters most
Community Heart & Soul has helped towns strengthen economies, increase community involvement, build leadership, bridge divides and get groups to work together. With greater involvement and groups working better together, local government can see more clearly how to use resources effectively.
The goals are to see….
· Increased participation in community meetings
· More people in conversations and discussions about our community
· Traction in our local economy as new investments and new businesses begin to take hold guided by what matters most to us
· Residents finding common ground and focusing on what unites them
not divides them
· A head start in competing for grant money because we will then know our story and can demonstrate wide buy-in from the community based on robust community engagement
8 ways of playing the long game…
· New leaders and volunteers emerge
· Trust being built
· Downtown is reenergized
· History and cultures are honored
· Small investments seed big things
· Businesses innovate
· Leaders have a clear road map
· Pride is restored