Visioning Outcomes Inspiring Community Engagement
The Regional VOICE initiative engages, empowers, and includes all people in Vanderburgh, Gibson, Posey, Warrick, and Henderson counties desiring to participate in inspiring conversations. Everyone is invited to share their hopes and dreams they have for their individual communities as well as the five-county region. Utilizing Leadership Everyone’s facilitation methodology, we ensure all visions are shared, documented, and made available to the public and used for strategic action. Those who experience the VOICE process foster the concepts of servant leadership, community trusteeship, and a collective preferred future. Their collective visions establish community priorities to feed into local and regional planning and development initiatives for immediate, mid-range, and long-term implementation.
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Make a Difference In Your Community
Because of our dedicated volunteers, we can make a difference in our region.
- Facilitator(s) — Takes responsibility for guiding process of discussion (1 for every 20 participants).
- Floater — Assist when a difficult situation arises or a group needs focus. These people should be able to step into any of the meeting roles as needed or to give someone a break.
- Greeters — Greet participants and help with sign-in.
- Host (1 per location) — The host is the point of contact for everything at the location on the meeting day. (such as A/C too cold, ran out of water, restroom locations, emergency contacts, toilet overflows, etc.)
- Lead(s) — Opens and Closes the meeting, gives introduction and ground rules, is timekeeper.
- Logistics — Help to plan and organize meetings.
- Marketing/Communications — Help to promote VOICE meetings.
- Photographers/Videographers — Help to visually record and document meetings and events.
- Recorder(s) — Detailed notes on PC in format approved by technology committee (1 for every 20 participants).
- Set-up/Clean-up Crew
- Scribe(s) — Bullet point statements of participants on flip chart/easel. Documents the key points (1 for every 20 participants)
Architect — Interprets participant’s visions and graphically presents them as a complete picture.
“It is profoundly inspiring when people of all ages, backgrounds, and walks of life come together to express their visions of their preferred future for the community, and realize just how many ideas they have in common. That unifying, shared experience that the VOICE community visioning process makes possible has significant value in today’s fractious world. It demonstrates that - despite our differences - we want so many of the same things for ourselves, each other and our community. It is exciting to know that our desire for a strong and vibrant community has the power to bring and bind us together. More importantly, VOICE inspired lasting transformational change in our community.”
– Timothy G. Weir, Administrator, Commission on Homelessness for Evansville and Vanderburgh County
Each Opinion Matters
"The Leadership Everyone VOICE-process offered an opportunity for individuals from different backgrounds to appreciate our community more and identify the deficits that exist while thinking of innovative ways to address them. The entire session was built to make everyone feel that each individual and each opinion matters. I left the VOICE session energized and determined to continue to use my voice to empower others to do the same so that we can make our community better."
– Gabriela Mustata Wilson, Ph.D., MSc, FHIMSS, University of Southern Indiana
The Power of VOICE
“There is no greater example of the power of VOICE than the Walnut Street Road Diet Project. Literally hundreds, if not thousands of voices asked for improved community connectivity and access to active open spaces for all. Local officials heard those voices, sought out key synergies through collaboration, and secured millions of dollars at no cost to the taxpayers in delivering an enhanced connection between Roberts Park and the State Hospital Grounds to Evansville’s vibrant downtown. That is what VOICE is all about!”
– David Goffinet, Lochmueller Group, Director of Planning and Public Involvement
Opportunity for the Local Hispanic Community
"[Evansville] VOICE came at a very important time when the number of Latinos in Evansville had begun to grow at an accelerated pace.
"Many of the participants had the opportunity for the first time to talk about the things that affected them. The local Hispanic community, many of them with tears in their eyes, related to the difficult experiences they had to go through to be able to integrate into a new community, the importance of not being able to communicate through the language barrier and not finding the right channels to do so. VOICE was for them the open door to share their ideals, their concerns and their needs. Several of the things that were shared at the Spanish-speaking VOICE Session have now become a reality, such as accessibility of information in their language, the opportunity to celebrate their culture at the city level and better communication with the local police department.
"VOICE was a turning point in communicating with the Latino community and the local leaders of our community. Also the beginning of a very close relationship with members of the Hispanic Community and resources that would help them become integrated into our community."
– Abraham Brown, Director of Latino Ministry, Owner of La Campirano