Closely related to the planning of a conference (see blog from April 19th) is the planning of a Fundraising Event. Many of the same questions and answers go into the planning of this kind of event with the addition of: “Who can we invite who would love to know about the CHW field in Minnesota and will go away saying “I’m so glad to know that I can contribute (time, money, knowledge, other resources) to this organization that is doing so much to advance this field of work!”?” Unfortunately, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have not been able to have a fundraiser for the MN CHW Alliance since 2019. This is a project that we need to revive as soon as we are able!
One more committee that I have had the honor of working on is the Education Committee. As you read in the blog post from March 2, 2021, this committee has been hard at work updating the statewide curriculum. Again, I have learned so much by working with this wonderful group of educators.
While I have benefited and grown by my work on these committees, I know that each committee has also appreciated hearing from my perspective as an active CHW. I would strongly encourage every CHW to ask yourself where you can plugin and throw your voice into the conversation. It may begin with a simple conversation with one committee member or being part of a meeting with many committee members. It may be once a week, once a month, or once a year. Everyone’s voice counts! If you hear or read about a project that sounds enticing please, step up to the opportunity and see the impact it has on you as well as the impact you can have on our field.
-Kimberli Barker, CHW
This is the end of our series about opportunities in the Alliance. If you are interested in getting more involved please reach out!