Sherwood Trust seeks to support grassroots efforts at community problem solving and collective impact initiatives to address local challenges. Two recent community initiatives include:
Through a partnership with Blue Mountain Action Council, Sherwood Trust funded a collective impact process led by Kay Sohl of Kay Sohl Consulting to evaluate the challenges facing youth in the Walla Walla Valley and identify systems change strategies that would improve outcomes for area residents ages 0-25. Area leaders volunteered their time to study the issue from 2014-2015, and they identified the early years (0-5) and the school to career transition years (16-25) as the two focus groups going forward.
From 2015-2016, two Systems Change Task Forces convened to identify policy recommendations for those alignments of resources and programs that have the potential to create the most community benefit. The current focus of each group is below.
Co-Chairs Stan Ledington and Shannon Bergevin
Co-Chairs Meagan Anderson-Pira and Alan Coffey
Sherwood Trust is part of a steering group with Community Council, Blue Mountain Community Foundation, and Walla Walla County Health Department examining how we can use data to better understand trends and opportunities in our region.
To help identify metrics that are meaningful indicators of our quality of life and that can be used and shared over time to measure progress in our community, we have contracted with the Washington State Budget & Policy Center to create a report for the Blue Mountain region – Walla Walla and Columbia counties and the Milton-Freewater area. This work is based on the Washington State Budget & Policy Center’s Progress Index, with more than 100 separate measures of state-wide trends. This report is a first step towards identifying a system to be used locally and updated on a regular basis.
We held meetings with community members on December 17 and February 25 to solicit feedback on initial findings. Read more about the process and the final report through Community Council.