From the desk of Harvest Foundation President Kate Keller
I’m inspired by the hope builders in our community who’ve shared their dreams and ideas with us in our Project Hope Community Listening Sessions this week.
We’ve heard from school administrators, teachers, parents, retirees, and other members of our community who are concerned about their neighborhoods and want to be involved in shaping the future of Martinsville-Henry County.
I’ll share a quick story about a participant who attended a session this week. When they showed up at the registration table, they seemed unenthusiastic about the event and unapproachable, but they were welcomed with open arms. Nearly two hours later, they emerged from the meeting with a smile on their face. They were grateful for the opportunity to voice their concerns in a productive way and left the session with an idea for how Project Hope could benefit their neighborhood.
These interactions are a major part of why The Harvest Foundation invests its time and resources into community-driven programs.
Our work in community-engaged leadership is just starting. We have a lot to learn, and much more to accomplish with residents in Martinsville-Henry County. If you weren’t able to attend a Community Listening Session this week, we still want to hear from you. Send us a message, call, or stop by our office in Uptown Martinsville.
We all deserve an MHC filled with hope and positivity for our shared future. Let’s get to work.