Using The Community Toolbox As a Resource For Organizing

This week’s #MacroSW Chat focused on Academic-Community partnerships where we also discussed barriers and challenges to success.

“In recent years there has been increasing recognition that academic and community-based collaboration is beneficial for enhancing the provision of human services and resources. These collaborative relationships, however, are sometimes characterized  in less than desirable terms as each entity strives to meet  its own mission requirements. At times the relationship struggles as it matures into a mutually valued, mutually rewarding entity.”

Many of our colleagues in the field shared their thoughts, resources, and expertise in regards to talking about the importance of mutually beneficial relationships, but there was one specific resource that I wanted to share with you.

The Community Toolbox

“The Community Tool Box is a free, online resource for those working to build healthier communities and bring about social change. It offers thousands of pages of tips and tools for taking action in communities.”

“The vision behind the Community Tool Box is that people — locally and globally — are better prepared to work together to change conditions that affect their lives. Our mission is to promote community health and development by connecting people, ideas, and resources.

With the belief that people can change their communities for the better, and informed by disciplines including applied behavior analysis, public health, and community psychology, partners at the University of Kansas and collaborating organizations developed the Community Tool Box as a public service.”

For community members, educators, helping professionals, and others trying to organize for change, visit the website, play around a bit and see what this resource has to offer.


From Aspiring Humanitarian, Relando Thompkins-Jones, MSW, LLMSW



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I'm a Social Justice Educator and Aspiring Humanitarian who is interested in conflict resolution, improving intergroup relations, and building more equitable and inclusive communities. "Notes from an Aspiring Humanitarian" is my blog, where I write about issues of diversity, inclusion, equity, and social justice. By exploring social identities through written word, film & video, and other forms of media, I hope to continue to expand and enrich conversations about social issues that face our society, and to find ways to take social action while encouraging others to do so as well in their own ways.

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