The Stanislaus Community Foundation is holding its second “Connecting for Good” event to help people learn how to work together to tackle complex and seemingly intractable problems, such as homelessness, poverty and illiteracy.
The event will feature two keynote speakers who are Stanislaus County natives: Stanford Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society Executive Director Kim Meredith and Lenny Mendonca, a director emeritus with the Washington, D.C., and San Francisco offices of McKinsey & Co., the global management consulting firm.
Meredith graduated from Downey High School, and Mendonca from Turlock High.
Foundation CEO and President Marian Kaanon said the event is an opportunity for businesses, the faith-based community, nonprofit organizations, schools, local government and everyone else to learn about the power of working together.
For instance, organizations will learn how to work with other groups they normally would not consider partners, such as a police department partnering with churches, and participants will learn what it takes to solve complex community problems.
Kannon said collaboration is critical because the problems that vex us the most – homelessness, for example – are too big for any one local institution, such as the faith-based community or government, to tackle on its own.
She said while there are plenty of great examples of people and organizations working together for the common good throughout Stanislaus County, there also is a hunger to learn more about how communities can transform themselves. She said that was among the feedback she heard after the first Connecting for Good event, which was held last April.
The second event is April 9 from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Martin G. Petersen Event Center, 720 12th St., Modesto. The cost is $25 per person, but a limited number of scholarships are available.
The foundation is working with City Ministries Network, Sierra Health Foundation and the Stanislaus County Office of Education on the coordination of this event.
Kannon said there is seating for 250 people and she expects the event will sell out. The event includes breakfast, lunch, and a wine and cheese reception. More information is available at www.stanislauscf.org or by calling the foundation at (209) 576-1608.
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