December 2016 Meeting Invite

Friday, December 2nd

8:30am -10:00am

Come one, come all Shaping Clay members to join us for the last Shaping Clay meeting for 2016. We’ll meet at St. Vincent’s in Middleburg from 8:30 – 10:00 a.m. There will be no heavy discussion, just networking and the opportunity for those who wish to share highlights about your organization’s accomplishments during the year.

If there is any confusion, for those who missed the May meeting, we decided to more clearly define the mission and goals of Clay’s two nonprofit networks – The Clay SafetyNet Alliance and Shaping Clay. We looked to Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs for a model.

The Clay SafetyNet Alliance (previously known as the Mercy Network) is to expand the platform of committed partners among faith-based, nonprofit, for-profit and local government organizations. This network meets regularly (the third Thursday of the month) in order to share resources, avoid duplication of effort, and find solutions to issues facing our community. It focuses on strengthening a safety net for those in need of social services.

Shaping Clay is a network of nonprofits which provide programs and resources to enrich, educate and/or entertain the lives of those within our county. We invite all stakeholders to join us (usually the last Friday of the month) as we reach out to leverage our efforts and find ways to help us all ‘get the word out’, a common challenge faced by many organizations. Among our meeting topics we focused on mental health, veteran services, and senior services, with each of these resulting in councils being formed to dig deeper. It will be interesting to see what lies ahead for 2017.
We’d love to have all Shaping Clay members join us on December 2nd at 8:30 am at St. Vincent’s in Middleburg. Please invite anyone who you feel would like to attend. This will be a great opportunity to find what other organizations are doing and see if there are ways to partner.
Bring lots of business cards to exchange.
Shaping Clay Meeting Information 
– Meeting Location, St. Vincent’s Middleburg

– Arrive by 8:15 to purchase your own refreshments at the St. Vincent’s cafe, then walk down the hall to the meeting.

– A $2 donation at the door helps to cover website and marketing costs.

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