2017 CCX Workshop, Leadership, Networking, Design, Workforce Development
Finding the balance between DIY and community engagement is a real challenge when under a deadline, but I found that setting the date and sending out a "Grand Opening" invitation inspired me to do what it takes to get the job done. Cultivating relationships and including the community in the process makes it all possible, especially when we are wearing many hats and/or only have a staff of one or two. I could have taken some of the weight off of myself had I asked for specific help from my board members. I probably could have avoided major crunch time at the end. I was new on the job, and I learned from my mistakes. It takes courage to reach out to the community to ask for donations. Being willing to ask and negotiate in a firm yet charming manner is key.