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October 13, 2013

Resource Network to reflect on successes

Those who wish to get involved can attend Thursday.

Members of the Cass County Resource Network have had a busy year. Community leaders are preparing to reflect on the network’s successes Thursday at the CCRN summit.

At the summit, there will be a motivational speaker and the network’s five task forces will discuss projects completed over the past year.

The Cass County Resource Network is made up of more than 50 organizations as well as individuals who are divided into task forces to improve the community. The task forces cover childcare/preschool, employment, neighborhood, family stability and food security.

Each task force has a different goal, including preparing children for kindergarten, coordinating programs to create a more employable and educated workforce, supporting neighborhood change, promoting resources for families and making sure every person in Cass County has enough to eat.

The intention of the CCRN is to get everyone in the community working together, said Joyce Mayhill, executive director of United Way of Cass County.

At a planning meeting last week, CCRN executive committee members got together and discussed the upcoming summit. On hand was Rick Hollering, who will be the motivational speaker of the summit.

At the monthly CCRN meetings, each task force gives a progress report. Mayhill said they want to be able to report results to the community. Those reports will be available at the summit.

Lita Rouser, director of impact strategies and community investment at United Way of Cass County, wanted people to know anyone can be involved.

“It’s almost a perception people have that you have to be with an organization to help and that’s not true,” Rouser said.

Maria Rogers, a member of the CCRN executive committee, participates in the food security task force.

“I started in food security because it is a passion of mine,” Rogers said. “People can sign up for the task force depending on what their passion is.”

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