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Title: Colaborando Juntos

Colaborando Juntos
  • December 15, 2005
  • Tanya Gonzalez, City of Richmond Hispanic Liaison

What is Colaborando Juntos?
  • Statement of Purpose Colaborando Juntos is an
    innovative network of government, nonprofit,
    faith, private and community volunteers who work
    with and for the Latino/Hispanic community and
    its well being. CJ increases public awareness of
    critical issues by encouraging partnerships and
    leveraging resources. CJ serves the Central
    Virginia region. Colaborando Juntosit means
    working together.

How did CJ come about?
  • Initially the Multicultural Outreach Coordinator
    of the Red Cross saw need for service providers
    to network and share information
  • 1st informal meeting occurred on 1/21/04

Colaborando Juntos-Working Together
  • Ideas en Acción
  • Formalizing Leadership
  • Organizational
  • Development

El Camino Hacia el Futuro Purpose/Statement
Group Leadership Metro Richmond Communication
  • Case Studies
  • Tropical Storm Gaston
  • Immigration
  • Access to health care

  • Workshops
  • legal issues
  • ESL resources
  • Hispanic culture
  • special interest groups
  • Red Cross Hispanic Initiative
  • share information
  • input re focal areas
  • explore collaboration

Use of Community Resources
  • Leadership Metro Richmond, who undertakes
    community projects on a yearly basis, was asked
    to research best practices for CJ as well as to
    recommend a structure as we move forward.
  • During the months that LMR was working, a CJ
    subcommittee worked in tandem to develop CJs
    statement of purpose, principles and goals.
  • Connect Richmond, an initiative of the University
    of Richmond, has also created a CJ community list
    serve facilitate effective communication.

CJ Principles
  • CJ facilitates acculturation, where
    Latino/Hispanic and U.S. cultures learn from each
    other, exchange ideas and enrich their mutual
  • CJ cultivates strong Latino/Hispanic voices and
    avenues for those voices to be heard.
  • CJ is a catalyst for systematic change through
    action oriented solutions.

CJ 2-3 Year Goals
  • Build effective communication among CJ
    participants (e.g. list serve, website, etc.) and
    the community at large.
  • Increase partnerships between CJ participants and
    Latino/Hispanic community members.
  • Establish linkages and dialogue with other
    diverse groups.
  • Seed new initiatives which foster change.

LMR Recommendations
  • Compared Richmond with other cities in US
    Charlotte/Raleigh-Durham, Harrisonburg,
    Winchester, Los Angeles, San Antonio, Miami,
    Maryland, DC area
  • Homeward and Success by Six as a model
  • Recommendation CJ meet with Susan Crump from
    United Way, Reggie Gordon from Homeward, Cathy
    Brown from United Way, and Barbara Koto from
    Success by Six
  • Senior Navigator Website as a model for
  • Findings from survey done among Hispanic
    community leaders
  • there is fragmented (yet, in some circles,
    solid) leadership within the community. There is
    also a fragmented focus on service provision.
    CJs primary focus moving forward will need to
    be to clearly identify the leadership, the role
    of CJ and the key areas of focus.

LMR Recommendations, cont.
  • Proposed Structure
  • Issues Based with four issues based themes
    Education, Business, Legal/Workforce, Family
    Support, at the center are the Core Stewards
    (8-12 people).
  • Core Stewards will identify two co chairs to lead
    the Issue Action teams
  • First team Education of People and Organizations
  • Second team Remove Legal and Workforce Obstacles
  • Third team Improve Quality of Life Through
    Family Support
  • Fourth team Inclusive, Innovative Business
  • Develop, integrate, and implement through action
  • Ongoing communications, and communicate progress
  • Maximize leadership learning

Steps after LMR Recommendations
  • Organizational Development Subcommittee was
  • OD Subcommittees task was to review, analyze,
    and make recommendations on the LMR report that
    was presented in May 2005.
  • Findings were reported on at recent 11/05 meeting.

LMR Recommendation Study Existing Collaborative
  • As part of its work, the OD Subcommittee held
    several panel presentations from the following
    collaborative organizations to learn about their
    experiences, structure, functions, best practices
    and challenges.
  • Homeward
  • Virginia Organizing Project
  • Youth Matters
  • Senior Connections

Homeward Lessons Learned
  • Reggie Gordon, previous Executive Director
  • A systems integrator organization for issues of
    homelessness, created in 1998 after a
    recommendation by a Task Force that saw the need
    for collaboration and a streamlining of services.
  • Homewards first tasks were 1) to establish a
    common goal and 2) create a common pool of data.

Homeward Lessons Learned, cont.
  • Homeward then focused on an acquaintance
    initiative that sought to 1) to facilitate
    collaboration between groups, and 2) to
    streamline duplicate services.
  • The organization was then able to distill an
    action plan for its work, which has included a
    centralized access process, data collection, and
    applying for grants through partnerships.

VA Organizing Project Lessons Learned
  • Cathy Woodson, Richmond Organizer
  • VOP is a state-wide, not-for-profit grassroots
    organization that identifies issues and solves
    them through community organizing strategies.
    Their goal is to move people from complaints to
  • VOP works by preparing the community members to
    take responsibility for their own leadership. In
    this way, VOP shifts the power base with
    coalition building, thus educating people to be
    local leaders so that they can educate their own
    elected leaders.

Youth Matters Lessons Learned
  • Joan Marable, Deputy Director
  • Youth Matters is an initiative that promotes the
    need for quality early childhood development.
  • YM is housed in the Greater Richmond Chamber of
    Commerce, which allows for neutral ground to
    facilitate collaboration.
  • YM works to bring people and organizations
    together, collect data, reduce duplication of
    services. YM also provides meeting space and
    support in going after funding.
  • YM will often pilot projects then spin them off
    into the community.

Senior Connections Lessons Learned
  • Thelma Watson, Executive Director
  • Network of 25 aging organizations, created in
    1973 that coordinates services for seniors
  • Currently working on a Services Integration
    Project through Senior Navigator website where
    organizations will have a shared database for
    clients and referrals
  • Role of Senior Connections once program is
    implemented will be to provide oversight,
    coordination, and facilitation to secure funding

LMRs Suggested Structure
Core CJ Committee(8-12 people)
The Larger Colaborando Juntos Network (50-100
Business Leaders
Other Non-Profits
LMR Recommendation Issue-Based Structure With
Four Action Teams

Legal/ Workforce
Servant Leadership
Family Support
Defining Four Action Teams
  • Team 1 Education of People Organizations
  • Team 2 Remove Legal Workforce Obstacles
  • Team 3 Improve Quality of Life Through Family
  • Team 4 Inclusive, Innovative Business Growth

Forming Core Committee
  • After reviewing the LMR report, the OD
    subcommittee of CJ decided to implemented the
    structure as recommended.
  • The subcommittee and Susan Wilkes worked together
    to identify specific roles for each leader on the
    core committee.
  • An internet survey soliciting volunteers for
    leadership roles was sent out to the full email
    list, and the committee was pleasantly surprised
    to see a large number of people respond.

Forming Core Committee (continued)
  • Given the high interest level, the OD
    subcommittee rethought the original plan of
    simply slotting interested people into positions.
  • After considering several alternatives, the
    committee decided the fairest course of action
    was to hold elections at the Nov. meeting.
  • Those who had expressed interest in a leadership
    role were asked to confirm their desire to serve
    and to provide a brief description of themselves.
  • Subsequently, elections were held and the core
    committee was named. Other CJ members selected
    their Action Team of choice

Positions of Core Committee
  • Chairperson Provides coordination across the
    different committees and activities. Calls and
    chairs bi-monthly meetings of the Core Committee.
  • Assistant Chair Supports the President by
    taking on special projects when asked and filling
    the role of President when the President is not
    available. Serves as a President in training
    for the following year.
  • Ad Hoc Core Committee Member Serves as at-large
    representative for CJ. May be asked to take on
    special projects or serve on a committee.
  • Bi-Annual Event Chair Chairs the committee to
    plan the program for and implement a fall and a
    spring full CJ meeting. With the committee,
    arranges for facility, meals, program and

Positions of Core Committee, cont.
  • Communications Coordinator - Serves as liaison
    to website designer. Works to maintain email
    lists, website, and other forms of communication.
  • Fundraising Coordinator Works with Chairperson
    on seeking funding for the organization. Works
    with Events Chair and Communications Coordinator
    to fully integrate activities.
  • New Immigrant Advocate Works to ensure
    representation of immigrants on the various teams
    and programs. Leads the formation of advisory
    committee for CJ to be made up of new immigrants.
  • Team Leaders (4 positions) Chairs a committee
    in one of 4 areas education, business, family
    support, and legal/workforce. Works with
    committee to refine purpose for the team and to
    formulate goals. Coordinates collaborative
    efforts in implementing goals.

  • Resources Time Funding
  • Since all members have their own job
    responsibilities, finding extra time to work on
    CJ is a challenge
  • Funding for our outside facilitator has also been
    a challenge. We are hoping that new fundraising
    coordinator will be able to submit grant

Where is CJ going from here?
  • Newly established Core Committee will plan to
    meet in 1/06 and act on information gathered by
    Org. Dev. Subcommittee, as well as further action
  • Action Teams will plan to meet shortly after
    that, possibly 2/06

  • Tanya Gonzalez, Manager
  • City of Richmond
  • Hispanic Liaison Office
  • Tel. 646-0250
  • Fax 646-8872
  • 5739 Hull Street Road, Suite 16
  • Richmond, VA 23224