Heart & Soul

The Community Foundation is pleased to partner with Community Heart & Soul to bring the process to Hancock County.

Community Heart & Soul is an approach to community development and planning created by the Orton Family Foundation that increases participation in local decision-making and invites residents to shape the future of their communities based on what matters most to them.

Arcadia Heart & Soul

A drone photo capture the Arcadia water town on a sunny summer day. In the background, homes, farmland and more community buildings are visible.

Congratulations Arcadia!

Arcadia has been selected as the next Hancock County Heart & Soul community. The village was awarded up to $140,000 to implement the two-year, four-phase process.

Stay tuned for more information.

Arlington Heart & Soul

A young child adds thoughts to a restored chalk board with the prompt "What do you love about Arlington" on a sunny summer day.

Arlington was named the third Hancock County Heart & Soul community in 2022. The village was awarded up to $140,000 to implement the two-year, four-phase process. They're currently in phase two, gathering stories from residents.

Visit their Facebook page more updates and more information.

Mt. Blanchard Heart & Soul

The Village of Mt. Blanchard was The Community Foundation's second Heart & Soul Community.

Mt. Blanchard was awarded a $182,000 grant in 2016 to implement the Heart & Soul process. In two years, the community united around the project and created an action plan that will guide the village's decisions for years to come.

McComb Region Heart & Soul

With a $136,000 grant, our first Heart & Soul town was announced in 2015 as the Village of McComb. It was also the first Heart & Soul community in the state of Ohio. The Foundation continues to work with the McComb team to update the community plan and ensure the Heart & Soul principles are a part of McComb's future.