We’re coming together as a community to create positive change and make our local area a better place. Strength in numbers can make the difference.
What Is A Community Coalition?
A community coalition is an alliance formed between individuals and/or organizations to work together towards a common purpose to benefit the local community. Participation varies on a case-by-case basis and can include a mix of town governments, business owners, religious organizations, private citizens, schools, etc. Often, community coalitions can be organized around a particular event, such as the demolition of a historic building, but that isn’t always the case. It could also include activities such as cohesive efforts to improve the safety of a particular neighborhood.
What Are The Benefits Of A Community Coalition?
When trying to make change for good, support is an essential aspect. By creating a group of members that work towards a common goal, community coalitions find strength in numbers. Including multiple members from various sections of the community can help to heighten the voice of the movement as a whole, increase legitimacy and perhaps exert more influence over achieving that goal.
In addition, a community coalition often consists of a vast support network, which can help to provide resources such as funding or time. Throughout the process, members also find they build relationships with each other that can be continued even after the overall goal of the coalition has been achieved. This may especially be true when forming collaborative bonds across racial, gender, age, socio-economic or other often difficult divides.
Youth & Family Services of Haddam-Killingworth (YFSHK) is proud to be part of three community coalitions serving Haddam, Haddam Neck and Killingworth. Through these endeavors, our goal is to promote healthy, positive lifestyles for children and youths. This not only provides benefits for the participants themselves, but the community as a whole.
Our community coalitions include:
- Early Childhood Coalition
- Healthy Communities Healthy Kids (HC-HK) Coalition
- Youth Coalition IGNITE
If you would like to know more about our community coalitions or would like to get involved, please don’t hesitate to contact us today. We’re looking forward to hearing from you.