By Christine Hockin-Boyd, Community Lifeline Center
The newly formed Collin County Veterans Coalition (CCVC) met for the second time on Friday, February 8, 2013, at the American Legion Post 321 in Plano, Texas. More than 30 people attended the meeting, many being first time participants.
The CCVC is an initiative of Community Lifeline Center, created to identify, inform and support veterans and their families through education, networking and collaboration. The coalition was formed in November 2012, in response to the need for greater partnerships among veteran service providers and supporters throughout Collin County.
A progress report on coalition initiatives was given by Jennibeth Brackett, Community Lifeline Center’s Veteran’s Program Coordinator. Initiatives that the coalition is undertaking include:
- Partnership with WarriorGateway.org to utilize its comprehensive database of veterans services nationwide;
- Creation of a standalone CCVC website, logo, Facebook page. E-news and Twitter feed;
- Implementation of CCVC membership guidelines to be used for membership and recruiting purposes;
- Implementation of bi-monthly networking series for veteran service providers to increase opportunities to grow and build relationships.
TownSquareBuzz.com President and Founder Angie Bado spoke on the importance of raising awareness about the CCVC and led the group in an exercise to brainstorm ideas to solidify the coalition’s message to the public and methods to share that message. Participants broke up into small groups and created a variety of messages and ideas for outreach which will be considered as the coalition moves forward. Two work teams were developed – a marketing team and a networking team; the groups will meet separately to develop and implement ideas in their designated areas.
“Overall, it was an outstanding meeting, with lots of participation and interest” Brackett said.
“Since the meeting, I have received very positive feedback from attendees and many calls for the coalition’s help on various issues concerning reaching out to veterans in Collin County. The coalition is already filling a need and we are excited to see what else we can do to improve veteran services throughout the county.”
Community Lifeline Center (CLC) serves north Collin County communities by guiding residents in crisis back to self-sufficiency, by offering a variety of programs to provide assistance and support to bridge short term financial instability. Community Lifeline Center helps over 300 families and veterans a month find their way back to independence; keeping families in their home, utilities on, and basic needs met. For more information, visit www.communitylifeline.org