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February 25, 2011

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February 25, 2011

This organization was formed in the wake of a terrible hate crime that left people all over West Virginia shocked and feeling powerless. Those of us from other parts of the state watched as this community came forward with positive action. As a mediator, dedicated to promoting understanding and peaceful resolution of conflict, I was impressed and encouraged to see the way Marion County made collaboration the center of their efforts to educate themselves and their neighbors about living beyond tolerance. I have been asked to speak at their Building Bridges of Respect Conference many times, and have always been eager to donate my time. The crown on their work, for me, is their full and respectful involvement of the youth of their community. This not only recognizes the dignity of their young people in the present, but is an investment that will yield benefits to us all.

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Each time I attend their conference I'm impressed by the large number of community members taking time from their day to participate and learn. When I'm a speaker, I field questions that show real interest in understanding other people and improving the way their community interacts.

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A paid coordinator would be very helpful. The organization has great volunteers as its backbone. Having an accountable person to concentrate on keeping them focused and able to dedicate their gifts to their best use would bolster their impact.

February 11, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 11, 2011

As a certified prevention specialist and someone who is very familiar with asset based community development I am quite impressed with the work of Communities of Shalom in Marion County, WV. I have participated in their Global Gathering, which celebrates the local nationalities and diversity of our area. I have been part of their Building Bridges conference which allows people of various backgrounds to learn more about community collaboration. I recognize them as an 13 year old organization committed to systemic and sustainable change.

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their commitment to cultural diversity which has helped to enhance my own acceptance of differences. By participating in the Building Bridges conference I have rubbed shoulders with hundreds of community movers and shakers who are invested in our town's well being.

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Want them to have enough funds to work toward hiring a full time coordinator.

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