Community Health Coalition – busy September!

The month of August was a bit of a hiatus for Community Health Coalition.  That worked out well for me as I continued to learn about the organization and meet key partners.  I have met so many interesting and inspiring people.  I am generally a positive person, but meeting so many passionate folks working to make the world a better place increases my optimism about the human condition!

So far, I am helping facilitate a process review and improvement initiative around grant writing processes at CHC.  I have learned that grant application can be a very involved process, one that is usually better when working as a team.  In an effort to increase engagement of CHC’s Board and volunteers, I am working on several initiatives.  I am helping plan an October Board meeting where we’ll review some nonprofit Board best practices and review CHC’s financial outlook in detail.  Along that vein, I have made arrangements for and facilitated meetings of the Finance and Fundraising Committees.  With a smaller nonprofit that relies primarily on volunteers, I’ve found that it sometimes takes extra time and effort to get folks together to even start a process.  I’ve also been working on some new  fundraising initiatives:  1) increased CHC visibility and brand recognition in general; 2) heightened involvement in NC state employees’ charity giving campaign; and 3) a simple direct ask campaign to raise money for CHC’s core mission investment.

For a real developmental experience, I helped erect a tent gazebo that CHC will use at public events.  I also volunteered at CHC’s booth at “Unity in the Community,” a festival at the NC State Fairgrounds.  CHC had a booth there where blood pressure and glucose screenings were offered; health education materials were available; and volunteers talked to folks about becoming organ donors.  There is a disproportionate need for organ donors in the African American community and a relatively low rate of African Americans who’ve signed up as potential donors.  CHC will target substantial effort in this area – dispelling myths and providing compelling statistics and stories to encourage African Americans to consider organ and tissue donation.

I’ve included photos of the “tent raising” and from CHC’s booth at the “Unity in the Community” festival.  There are several CHC events going on most weekends and some during the week.  I’ll be attending “Bull City Stand Down” on Friday.  Stay tuned for a report from there.ImageImage