Diversity Richmond seeks public input on five-year strategic plan with ‘Let’s get rolling’ campaign
Diversity Richmond has been making a lot of effort in the past few years to underscore how invested they are in the community, and that community is their number one priority.
That’s why they’ve launched the “Let’s Get Rolling” campaign. They’re asking for input from the community in order to better focus where the organization wants to go in the next five years. They’ve done a lot since their re-branding to better cater to the needs of the community: from support groups for trans individuals to wellness and fitness classes.
But according to the Diversity Richmond Board, it’s now time to look at where to take the organization next.
They want to know what works, what doesn’t work and what programs people would like to participate in the future and they want voices from the community to lead them.
You can communicate your thoughts through e-mail or hand written letters (if you’re so inclined) and all submissions will be completely confidential unless you indicate otherwise.
“The needs of the community continually change,” said the President and Executive Director of Diversity Richmond, Bill Harrison. “We need to stay in tune with what the community needs from us…I don’t want someone to hesitate on giving us constructive criticism.”
The submissions will be extensively reviewed in April, at a retreat for the leadership. In charge of receiving, organizing, and translating the submissions into a workable plan is Dr. Yetty Shobo. Dr. Shobo has been contracted by Diversity for the campaign and has worked in managing the internal processes of nonprofits for quite some time.
“She has years of experience. We’re very excited about working with her,” said Harrison. They’ll also be holding six focus groups in order to better understand everyone’s needs.”
This isn’t their first strategic plan. According to Harrison, the most surprising and important thing the leadership learned from the last needs assessment was that a lot of people weren’t quite aware of how diverse Diversity’s mission is.
“One of things we learned is that people had no idea what we did,” said Harrison. In addition to being a thrift store, Diversity Richmond supports our community financially in the form of grants, opening their building space for anyone to use at little to no cost, and numerous other services.
Diversity’s growth hasn’t been without challenges, according to Harrison. “Whenever you grow or change, there’s gonna be challenges. We’ve had some growing pains, small hiccups that happen along the way.”
One of those challenges has been reaching out to diverse communities, something Harrison says is a top priority and will be included in the strategic plan.
Diversity has recently been in contact with a woman from the Latinx community who was interested in using their space for an event that would help students in need find prom dresses. Harrison hopes to continue working on forming a strong link between Diversity and Richmond’s LGBTQ+ Latinx community. Another priority is HIV awareness.
“It’s still a problem, but it’s just not talked about” said Harrison.
Overall, Harrison wants to emphasize that listening to the communities needs and desires are of the utmost importance to the organization. “The [Diversity Richmond] Foundation is the community. Diversity Richmond belongs to the community,” said Harrison.
Give Diversity Richmond your input about what you’d like to see in the next five years by emailing them at email@example.com. If you’d like to mail them your comments, you can send them to 1407 Sherwood Avenue, Richmond, VA 23220 and write “Let’s Get Rolling” on the envelope to keep your comments confidential.
For several years now, Diversity Richmond has been a leader in building bridges with the LGBT community and local law enforcement. Because of that, Diversity was invited to address the recent Chesterfield County Police Community breakfast. The event is held quarterly and includes a diverse collection of community leaders. Representatives from Muslim, African American, Hispanic, Asian organizations, along with elected leaders, [...]April 24, 2017
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