Communities in Action (CIA)

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Communities in Action (CIA)
ACTIVE RICHLAND COUNTY
Richland County Community Complex
The idea came about because we learned about the needs of the community through CIA.
Feasibility study completed which considers all of community's needs.
Building partnerships between many groups to make our community really special.
Different groups are coming together to support the complex.
"We have great stuff here, but lets make it better."
“Instead of fighting for everyone’s dollar, we try to bring everyone together.” “By working together we can make more happen.”
HOUSING ACTION GROUP
Active years ago, but not so active now that the pressure is off.
KNOWLEDGE OF WHAT IS GOING ON IN COMMUNITY
People meet and learn about what others are doing and what they need at steering committee meetings, Action Group meetings and the community conferences.
Hear needs of community at community conference.
"I think this whole process has changed a lot of attitudes, in my personal opinion. When you are able to voice your concerns and needs and it gets heard... Especially when action is taken towards your want, its helpful to the community."
Hearing from those that don't usually contribute.
MORE COLLABORATION AMONG GROUPS IN THE COMMUNITY.
Critical incident and Stress Management Certificate available.
"The push to have it happen came from discussions at the community meetings. It brought partners together that wouldn't normally work together."
Mental health first aid certification available.
Partnerships with Chamber for wayfinding signs wouldn't have happened without this process.
Boys and Girls club collaboration with library.
Boys and Girls club now has an art camp through collaboration with local arts group.
INCREASED VOLUNTEERISM
Without volunteers, a lot of things woudln't get done.
LOCAL ADVISORY COMMITTEE ON MENTAL HEALTH
Recognized some gaps in services in what Eastern Montana Clinic was able to provide.
Having discussions about mental health needs with representatives from the Sheriff's office, the hospital, churches etc is helpful in itself.
Received Bakken Bahavioral Health grant.
Identified a way to bill for services for people who might not otherwise be eligible for mental health services. More people are able to get services that would have been turned down before. This helps keep people out of the state system.
We now have mental health help for people in jail. We are able to provide services before they get out of jail. There is no gap in service. People get the help they need which reduces strain on other social public resources.
Stabilize families.
FAITH BASED GROUP
"Churches came together and held community dinners in different places to show that we were welcoming to newcomers."
People got to know each other.
Shared helpful information such as how to insulate campers and who to call for help.
ENVIRONMENTAL RECYCLING RESOURCE GROUP
Started with water quality study.
Helps with recycling cardboard, paper etc.
RICHLAND COUNTY TRANSPORTATION SYSTEM
Collaboration of several agencies who had their own separate busses.
Groups came together to receive funds from MDOT.
Our transportation system is a great benefit to the community. It started 9-10 years ago.
WALKING PATHS
Paths are always in use.
“I don’t think there would have been a light put up to make it safer to cross Central without the walking path."
Running clubs use paths.
Leadership classes have added amenities to the paths.
Paths give kids a safe path to school, parks and swimming pool.
“It covered a lot of open canal water, a drainage ditch, so it made it safer and more pleasing to the eye.”
Bike lanes added to Holly.
BEST BEGINNINGS COALITION
Came out of an awareness of need for day care/child care access.
Provided education for preschool and day care providers.
We now have six preschools in Richland County.
Helped with preschool screending recently.
Do some home visiting: Parents as teachers..
Provide babysitter courses.
EDUCATION
Identifed gap in access to college courses.
High School seniors are now able to get access to college courses. They can get a year's worth of credits before graduating.
Groups are working together to bring an educational coordinator from the two community colleges in Eastern Montana.
Possibly house coordinator in the community complex.
CHRONIC DISEASE COALITION
Cancer Coalition.
Fundraisers for 11 years plus.
Provides money to cancer patients in area.
Established an endowment to help people into the future.
Provides transportation to Billings.
Diabetes management program.
NUTRITION COALITION
Articles in the paper on nutrition.
Facebook and Pinterest groups with many followers.
Education with Boys and Girls club.
Provide fruit at the runs.
PARTNERSHIP FOR PROMISE
Created Boys and Girls Club.
“They have lots of programs that help teach the kids like the gardening, tutoring, music.”
“I was able to go into their summer program. Each week was a different theme and I was able to lead a themed activity. Just really able to give them a lot of education in one compact area.”-4H extension. It is a 7week program. All day. “also teach healthy lifestyles, nutrition, physical fitness."
Started a backpack program for kids to take food home on the weekend.
Provides much needed childcare after school and during summer (camps) so parents can work.
Creates employment opportunities for high school kids.
PROGRAMS AND SERVICES FOR SENIORS
Heard input at Community Conference on needs.
Recognize gaps.
Harvest for Seniors
People who have gardens able to donate to seniors.
We organize pick-up and delivery of produce from people with extra from their gardens.
"Eating healthier costs less for them."
This program allows the satisfaction of giving for those that donate.
4H Club donates to this program as well.
"Through the senior coalition, we also do lifelines for seniors and medication set-ups."
Services are available that help keep seniors independent and in their homes instead of in nursing homes which are costly.
COMMUNITY GARDEN
Came out of Community Conference.
“It’s an opportunity for those without space to grow their own produce. So we tie that to the nutrition coalition. Fresh produce is more nutritious than store bought. Also, more cost effective".
Family with no garden space now has a garden.
Seniors use the garden.
Low-income housing residents.
More community members exhibited produce at fair.
Boys and Girls club rents spaces in the Community Garden. Interest is growing and is part of the summer camp curriculum.
Kids want to learn more.
24 plots are all being used.
Donated to Harvest for Seniors.
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