The Grant County Community Foundation and United Way of Southwest New Mexico, in partnership with Freeport McMoRan and the Southwest Council of Governments, are co-hosting a regional conversation between non-profits and community members in Grant, Hidalgo, Luna and Catron counties on Friday November 8 at the Global Resource Center at Western New Mexico University.
Together we will explore new pathways for understanding how to build a resilient community and sustain community organizations in southwest New Mexico including strategies for making sure everyone is counted in the 2020 Census. The census will determine the funding our community will receive for the next ten years for community services such as schools for our children, quality healthcare, roads, emergency preparedness, and other critical resources.
All community members and nonprofits are encouraged to join us. If you are interested, please complete the registration form found at the bottom of this page. We require a registration form from everyone who wishes to attend. The registration deadline is October 30.
The purpose of the gathering is to engage our regional nonprofits with community members to explore new pathways for understanding how to build and sustain community organizations in southwest New Mexico including strategies for making sure everyone is counted in the 2020 Census. United Way of Southwest New Mexico and the Grant County Community Foundation will be awarding grants to nonprofits for engaging in direct census work.
You are invited to join your fellow non-profit and community leaders in a casual setting.
Thursday, November 7th
5:30pm to 7pm
Grant County Community Foundation’s
New Nonprofit Incubator Offices
1106 N Pope Street
Silver City, New Mexico
Catered by The Corner Kitchen
Hors d’oeuvres, Beer and Wine
Christine Hemp will open the meeting and outline the activities and themes of our Community Conversation: Census/Connection/Support. She will address how crucial a role the census plays in individual, organizational and community resilience. Christine will also speak about language and how it affects the way we see ourselves, each other, and the world.
Jeff Goin leads a meditation, focusing on Place, to center ourselves before we get into the work of the day.
Stacey Cox will speak about individual, organizational and community resilience and the specific ways in which communities can heal. She will illuminate the way New Mexico communities are already resilient, and how to expand on existing strengths.
Take 15 minutes
Christine Hemp will invite everyone—experienced and novice writers alike—to write a poem inspired by Stacey’s presentation.
We will begin this breakout session by thinking about how we can capture the essence of resilience using poetry and images. Together we will create a vision that will ultimately result in the creation of a public mural for our community. The vision will be the connection between the words of our poetry and the pictures we envision as we reflect on and explore the concepts of resilience and collaboration.
Using the words and insights of the day, Christine will lead participants (no experience necessary) into a poetry-writing adventure called “Count up, Count down!”
Cathy Frey, Executive Director of the New Mexico Association of Grantmakers, introduces Robert Rhatigan and Allan Oliver, who will present on New Mexico Counts 2020.
Christine Hemp will moderate the group in a closing discussion (with presenters) and the audience: Where do we go from here? What have we learned? What does it mean to be counted? What are the next steps to build a stronger community?
This isn’t your average conference! Afternoon breakout sessions include personal resilience work, yoga, art and poetry. Dress down not up.
Our event will be taking place in WNMU's state of the art, Global Resource Center and in its multiple break out rooms.
If you are interested, please complete the on-line registration form.
We do require a registration form from everyone who wishes to attend. Please send in your form by no later than October 30th, 2019.
For questions or additional assistance, please feel free to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
or call (575) 956-6095.
Our web address is: www.grantcountycommunityfoundation.org