Building a Powerful Community

A “community” is one of those things that is hard to define, but you know it when you are in it. It is a feeling that you are not alone, that you are part of something greater than yourself- but yet, even when you are in it, you are still yourself.

It does not swallow you up; rather, it builds you up. It is not all for you and you are not all for it. In a community, there are people around you whom you like, although you probably do not like all of them equally. The people of the community are there for you when you need them, and you will be there for them when they need you.

Community organizations come in all shapes, sizes, and varieties

Every community organization holds all the complexities and all the hopes, dreams, and visions of the people who join it. Community organizations may look different but they all have at least two things in common:

  1. Community organizations strive to develop a sense of community among their members.
  2. Community organizations organize people to do what they can not do by themselves.

In the world of real problems and real power (or lack of power), a community organization is a method for getting results and solving problems that affect you. Community groups organize people to change the conditions that affect their lives.

Alone, most people are powerless to wrest change from big institutions. Community organizations realign the balance of power, creating “power for the people” by bringing people together in large blocks around shared concerns.

They help you to accomplish what you cannot do by yourself, to make your life and the lives of those around you better.

References:

Building Powerful Community Organizations.
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