.... When our Food Security Workgroup met in March, a conversation about systems-level change identified a need to address our smaller system/network of those of us consistently showing up to do work around education and access related to food security. The sustainability and efficiency/effectiveness of our work was a pervasive theme. Likewise, many of us are frustrated that we find ourselves competing for a finite pool of resources when we would rather be collaborating and supporting each other.
From this conversation emerged the goal: CREATE A SUSTAINABLE STRUCTURE TO SUPPORT OUR COLLECTIVE WORK WITH THE CORE COMMUNITY PARTNERS DOING FOOD SECURITY WORK IN BUNCOMBE COUNTY.
Our hope is a structure or network will help us work more efficiently and effectively through coordination to:1) share resources such as administrative staff, equipment, space, or technical assistance; 2) increase communication and support between services to better meet the needs of our clients /family members;3) increase collaboration among programs to create a stronger and more comprehensive system of services to improve food security; and 4)provide a coordinating entity that is able to apply for/drawn down funds used to collectively support our work.
A first step is to begin identifying shared values, barriers and supports to our work, continue to identify and clarify shared measures, as well as look at funders and connectors being accessed across our partnership. WE ARE BEGINNING THIS PROCESS VIA A SURVEY. This survey, was developed by a subgroup that has met several times since March. WE EXPECT IT TO TAKE YOU 20-30 MINUTES to complete.
WE ASK THAT YOU TRY COMPLETE THIS SURVEY PRIOR TO OUR NEXT WORKGROUP MEETING ON MONDAY, MAY 22ND, although we apologize for giving you so little time in advance. However, it will give us a foundation for our work at that meeting. We do understand that some of you will not be able to complete the survey in this time.
NOTE: INSTRUCTIONS ON HOW TO SAVE YOUR RESPONSES SO THAT YOU CAN COMPLETE IT IN MORE THAN ONE SITTING. If you need more time to finish your survey you will be sent a link to EDIT YOUR SURVEY RESPONSES. Open the EDIT YOUR RESPONSES LINK AND COPY AND SAVE THE URL OF THE PAGE YOU ARE DIRECTED TO. When ready to finish the survey, just paste that link in your browser window and you can return to the survey to complete or change your answers.
WE VALUE YOUR TIME and would like to compensate everyone. Should we receive a 60% or better response rate, we are asking you to help identify potential resources or technical assistance that we will prioritize in the near future.