Community Blueprint Network
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Who is involved in the Community Blueprint effort?
The Community Blueprint Network is led by a coalition that understands that no one organization has all of the answers. For the initiative to be successful, it will take collaboration, coordination, and focus.
The impetus to create this blueprint emerged from the “America Joins Forces with Military Families” retreat in White Oak, Florida, in January 2010, when a group representing 55 nonprofits, veterans and military family service organizations, government agencies, faith-based groups, and senior VA, DOL and DOD offices came together to discuss the challenges facing America’s military families.
The National Military Family Association’s Blue Ribbon Policy Panel called again for the creation of the blueprint during NMFA’s May 2010 conference.
The White House has been a solid ally in the creation of the blueprint, including participating in several discussions and hosting several planning meetings.
Organizations that are contributing to this effort include: American Legion Auxiliary, American Red Cross, America’s Promise Alliance, Blue Star Families, Boys and Girls Clubs of America, Cause and Effect, Civic Enterprises, Give an Hour, HandsOn Network, Lions Clubs International, Military Child Education Coalition, Military Officer Association of America, National Association of Social Workers, National Military Family Association, ServiceNation: Mission Serve, Student Veterans of America, The Mission Continues, Veterans Innovation Center, United Way, USO, the Warrior Gateway, and many more.
Outcomes and Evaluation
Representatives of the core Community Blueprint partner organizations will form the Advisory Council to oversee and ensure the implementation and utilization of the Community Blueprint and to continue to discuss best practices and to update the Blueprint as warranted. These organizations are: America’s Promise Alliance, American Red Cross, Blue Star Families, Give an Hour, Military Child Education Coalition, ServiceNation: Mission Serve, and the Veterans Innovation Center. Additionally, the Advisory Council will continue to solicit additional partner organizations that can share best practices and help to disseminate information about the Community Blueprint.
A key measure of success will be gauging how many communities are utilizing the Community Blueprint. Each community will define their own success in terms of raising awareness, changing attitudes, connecting military members to services, etc. These success stories will be used in public relations and fund development efforts.
Communities will submit their own best practices and other communities will have the opportunity to learn from this information and to copy what works.
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