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Community Conversations

In 2017 we talked to the community about its priority areas. Now we want to build on that research by generating ideas for addressing these priority areas throughout Hancock County. The Community Foundation will once again partner with United Way of Hancock County to host Community Conversations, a listening and research initiative. Our goal is to hear from more than 1,000 community members over one week in the spring of 2020.

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Be a Part of the Conversation

Gather a group of friends, family, neighbors or coworkers and host a conversation. This is your chance to have your voice heard on important social issues in our community. 

Conversations typically take between 60 and 90 minutes.

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Attend a Conversation

You're welcome to attend any of the public conversations held around Hancock County over the week.

Dates will be announced soon.


Help Wanted

Community Organizer

Compensation: $500 to be distributed once all responsibilities are completed. Will be distributed as either a Visa Gift Card or a donation to a charitable fund of the organizer’s choosing at The Findlay-Hancock County Community Foundation.

Summary: The Community Organizer assists in planning and facilitating conversations involving one or several communities. A Community Organizer will work with their defined community (rural or city) and gather groups to hold conversations (youth groups, agriculture community, etc.). This position will work late January through the week of conversations.

Duties:

  • Attend Community Organizer training and meetings in February and March.
  • Plan Community Conversation(s) for their assigned part of the community. This includes arranging the date within the designated week, coordinating with the venue, logistics, etc. Food will be arranged for evening city/village meetings.
  • Advertise for the Community Conversation(s), using traditional and nontraditional vehicles to attract attendees.
  • Share best practices with other Community Organizers to help all have stronger attendance at their conversations.
  • Attend other conversations and serve as a facilitator when possible.

Qualifications: The ideal candidates will have experience bringing members of a community together to complete a task, coordinating large events, a wide network to draw upon to populate the conversation(s), and the ability to attract a large number of individuals within the assigned community to participate. 

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Conversation Facilitator

Compensation: $25 for each conversation facilitated with at least 8-10 participants. Will be distributed as either a Visa Gift Card or a donation to a charitable fund of the facilitator's choosing at The Findlay-Hancock County Community after all conversations are completed.

Summary: The Conversation Facilitator leads conversations throughout the community. Responsibilities include leading participants through a structured process, ensuring each voice is heard and given appropriate time to share ideas, safeguarding against individuals or groups dominating the conversations, and remaining unbiased by refraining from inserting their own thoughts or ideas into the conversations.

Duties: 

Prior to conversations:

  • Attend a training in February or March prior to the first conversation.
  • Sign up for as many conversations as they can/would like to facilitate.       

At conversations:

  • Arrive at least 15 minutes early to each conversation they are scheduled to facilitate.
  • Ensure the outlined process is followed at each conversation, all questions are asked, and the time suggestions are adhered to as much as possible.
  • Allow each voice at a table to be heard, encouraging quieter participants and making sure individuals and groups do not dominate the conversation.
  • Encourage ideas to be shared about all of the areas of focus.
  • Remain unbiased throughout the conversation, being sure to not endorse or criticize any comments from participants.
  • Refrain from inserting their own thoughts or ideas into the conversations.

After conversations:

  • Express gratitude for everyone participating in each conversation.
  • Collect demographic surveys and return to The Community Foundation offices within 3 days of the conversation.

Qualifications: The ideal candidates will have experience facilitating groups in a process or conversation. Candidates should be able to lead without bias or inserting their own opinions or ideas. 

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Note Taker

Compensation: This is an uncompensated volunteer position. Service hours can be recorded if needed.

Summary: The Conversation Note Taker will take detailed notes during each of the Community Conversations. They will ensure the thoughts of the group are accurately recorded and returned to be combined with notes from all conversations

Duties: 

  • Attend a training prior to their first conversation.
  • Arrive at least 15 minutes early to each conversation they sign up to attend.
  • Work with the facilitator to ensure all demographic surveys are completed and collected to be returned to The Community Foundation.
  • Take detailed notes, using the techniques described in the Note Taker Guide, throughout the conversation.
  • Accurately reflect the conversation at the table in their notes, taking care to not insert personal thoughts or beliefs.
  • Ask clarifying questions if any of the thoughts or ideas shared are unclear prior to documenting them in notes. Return notes, either written legibly or electronically, to The Community Foundation within 3 days of the conversation. 

Qualifications: The ideal candidates will have experience taking notes on a conversation with multiple participants. Ability to take notes without injecting personal opinions or beliefs is necessary. 

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