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COMMUNITIES OF SHALOM INC
February 23, 2011

Communities of Shalom is one of the most multi-faceted, inclusive organization in West Virginia. As a Professional in the field of Public Health and Community Development, I have traveled the state and region assisting communities to develop a coalition to address social concerns. I always use Communities of Shalom as an example of a coalition that truly meets the needs of their community, have an inclusive membership that is open to one and all, and truly implements programs that increases knowledge and awareness from acceptance, substance abuse prevention, to coordinating and sponsoring Global Gatherings, Building Bridges conference that speaks to cultural diversity, youth trainings on bullying, etc. Communities of Shalom truly represents an interfaith organization that serves everyone in the community.

The Great!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

It made me realize the importance on involving youth in planning community development coalition, and addressing cultural diversity early on prior to adulthood.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Make sure it received the funding it needs to create a sustainable organization with paid staff.

MY ROLE:
General Member of the Public & I participated in the Steering Committee on Building Bridges Conference and assisted in developing the evaluation and session planning.

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