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A Catalyst for positive change

Community Heart & Soul® brings people together to build stronger, healthier and more economically vibrant communities. The model focuses on actively seeking the collective wisdom of all residents, including those whose voices are often missing.

Heart & Soul® depends upon teamwork, community involvement, and energy from within the community. The plans created and actions taken as a result of Heart & Soul lead to positive change based on what matters most to everyone.

Making Change Happen

Community Heart & Soul is a catalyst for positive change in small cities and towns. By actively seeking the collective wisdom of all residents, including those whose voices are often missing, Community Heart & Soul brings people together to build stronger, healthier and more economically vibrant communities. This resident-driven model takes into account both the unique character of a town and the deep emotional connection of the people who live there – a town’s “Heart & Soul.” These collective insights into what truly matters most serve to guide the town in making the best decisions about its future.

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Our principles

Involve Everyone

Community Heart & Soul engages all voices in the community, including missing voices.

Focus on What Matters

Community Heart & Soul brings people together to identify the unique character of a town and recognizes the deep emotional connection of the people who live there – a town’s “Heart & Soul.”

Play the Long Game

Community Heart & Soul is focused on long-term success. To ensure that plans or ideas don't just sit on the shelf, Heart & Soul focuses on building ownership for and commitment to the results.

Community Heart & Soul

 

Heart & Soul projects are underway across the country. Based on success in other towns, Community Heart & Soul has the potential to change the narrative in a community from what’s wrong to what’s possible. Here are examples of change in Heart & Soul towns:

  • Economies have been strengthened
  • New, and more people, including youth, become involved in the community
  • Volunteerism grows
  • Trust is built and divides are bridged
  • Partnerships are created
  • Historic sites are preserved

 

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A Few kind words

Vasanthi Meyette

Heart & Soul of Essex, Vermont

The most important thing that Community Heart & Soul has done is create a connection among people. The people who are now connected are going to continue to work together.

Patrick Wright

Executive Director, Gardiner Main Street

“One of the things Community Heart & Soul has done is make the community believe in itself.”

Helpful resource

Orton Family Foundation Resource Community Heart & Soul® Field Guide

Community Heart & Soul® Field Guide

The Community Heart & Soul Field Guide, and the resources that accompany it, provide useful information and field-tested tips on forming a team, encouraging community volunteerism, getting the word out, and engaging everyone.

Discover Community Heart & Soul today

Why wait? Let us help you discover your town’s Heart & Soul and get you on the
path to building a community that is stronger, healthier and more economically vibrant!

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