What is a Roundtable?
For the Community Partner Network (CPN), a Roundtable is a forum where community members from the faith, business, government and nonprofit sectors come together to work on solutions to BIG problems. We will tackle, together, the kinds of problems no one sector can solve on their own. CPN provides the structure for this village.
Roundtables are the foundation to support the village as we:
- Advocate on behalf of vulnerable populations to public officials, the private sector and the general public.
- Recruit service providers.
- Engage community members to help stand in the gap.
- Connect community resources to service providers.
- Help case managers working with people in crisis to find help quickly.
In all things we do, work to make assistance accessible to all people who need help.
Who has a seat at a table?
What can I expect if I join a Roundtable?
Being a part of a Roundtable means getting things done. You will be:
- Part of something bigger than ourselves or our individual organizations
- Part of a community that takes responsibility for its neighbors and issues surrounding poverty and crisis
- Make a collaborative impact
- Bring about change
- Collaborate at a whole new level
- Contribute to measurable outcomes
You may receive emails as part of the Roundtable forum where we will:
- Share information
- Seek client assistance
- Publicize events.
You may also receive emails from an individual who values your expertise and is seeking your advice or assistance:
- Invitations to work on a specific Roundtable project as part of a team effort
- Invitations to speak on behalf of an initiative, project, or the benefits of the CPN.
What exactly is a Roundtable project?
A Roundtable Project is an initiative sponsored by the Community Partner Network (CPN), an organizational member of the CPN, and/or a collaborative of CPN members. Each Roundtable Project must align with the goals and objectives of the CPN related to:
- Resource recruitment
- Engaging community partners
- Adding capacity to serve people who need help
What does it mean for a Roundtable to be “Under Construction?"
How do I join a Roundtable?
When you JOIN THE NETWORK, you can choose which Roundtables suit your interests and expertise. Look for the section called DESIGNING MY PARTICIPATION PLAN. You are welcome to be a part of more than one Roundtable. However, please consider the time you have for meaningful participation.
Do I have to be a Community Partner Network (CPN) member to work on a Roundtable project?
To engage faith-based and agency organizations that provide general supportive services that may not fit well under other Roundtables, but are necessary pieces of the puzzle as we establish holistic support systems. Examples include food pantries, clothing closets, mentorship programs and spiritual support, as well as professional services like personal finance education and income tax preparation. The specifics will be fleshed out as the table comes together.
To help community organizations of all shapes and sizes improve their organization by offering technical services such as program development, training, graphic design, videography, web sites, and insurance.