So how can you partner with the federal government? What resources are there to support the good work of faith-based and secular nonprofits? And what’s the White House Office of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships all about? Well, we’ve created a brand new resource, Partnerships for the Common Good: A Partnership Guide for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Organizations to provide answers to these questions!
This new toolkit provides information on a wide range of partnership opportunities across government. From housing to job creation, health care and education, from supporting our military families to encouraging responsible fatherhood, the new toolkit covers a number of issues of concern to community and faith-based groups. We invite you to take a look and explore the ways that you can partner around your existing efforts, or initiate or join new ones.
For example, consider partnering with the Department of Labor to support or create a Job Club at your place of worship or community organization, described on pages 45 through 50.
Or, join hands with the First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden as part of their Joining Forces initiative to support America’s military families and veterans, detailed on pages 51 through 55.
How can you help your local community prepare for disasters? Host a “Ready America” Preparedness Workshop at home. Pages 13 through 16 break down the key steps.
You can help promote your neighborhood’s health by partnering with a local community health center, or linking uninsured kids to health care coverage. Find out more on page 30 of the guide.
This is just a small sample of the ways in which we can work together. Every day, Americans are partnering at all levels with the government and with other folks to improve our communities and promote the common good.
As President Obama said in his Inaugural Address, “For as much as government can do and must do, it is ultimately the faith and determination of the American people upon which this nation relies.” We hope that our Partnership Guide, and our other online resources further support the good work that you are doing in your communities!
Alexia Kelley is the Deputy Director and Senior Policy Advisor of the White House Office of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships.