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POLIS is excited to announce “Third Wednesdays,” a monthly series for people in Orlando involved or interested in community development. Beginning Feb 18th, 2015 you will have the opportunity to learn best practices and meet others working in this important field. Together, we will improve our efforts to alleviate poverty related distress in the City Beautiful.

Each Third Wednesday from Sept. to May will start with an Executive Learning Session followed by a more in depth Volunteer Training. Then at noon, the Metro Orlando Neighborhoods Co-op will meet – a group of professional practitioners actively engaged in community development efforts across the city.

  • 7:30am – 9:00am: Learning Sessions. POLIS and LIFT Orlando will co-facilitate these sessions focused on the big ideas in community development such as Collective Impact and how the ideas are being implemented with the Communities of West Lakes which are located near Orlando’s Citrus Bowl.
  • 9:30am – 11:30am: Volunteer Training. POLIS and other partners will offer a training session each month such as Dignity Serves that will help volunteers and others serve more effectively.
  • 12:00pm – 1:30pm: MO COOP. The Co-op is an existing group that is working to improve quality of life in the 100 distressed neighborhoods of Orlando as identified in the initial POLIS research. The co-op began meeting in the spring of 2014 and has proven to be extremely valuable to its members – which currently include POLIS, St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, South Street Ministry, Kaley Square, 306 Foundation, and LIFT Orlando. The success of the co-op led to the formation of Third Wednesdays.