When I was in high school, a group of kids had an idea that a downtown teen center could be a great place to meet up, do homework, play games, and host events. It was a great community project to be a part of, and so many people pitched in to help with designing brochures, developing a business plan, interviewing leaders, speaking in front of city council, and holding events for teens in borrowed space.
Looking back on the experience, if it had happened in the social media age, we would have had more online tools at our fingertips to network, share knowledge, find help, and mobilize support. Fortunately, there’s an online community now to help make community projects happen. It’s the Oregon Unlimited online project community for good, where small acts can make a big impact and get work done for our communities.
Launched by the Meyer Memorial Trust, the Oregon Unlimited site is powered by FMYI’s collaboration platform. It leverages our strengths in helping clients create beautiful online communities for teams to get work done. Here are the four main ways the Oregon Unlimited site creates positive community results:
• Network: Join the site to get connected to people who can help you with your ideas.
• Share: Learn about how others are addressing opportunities in their communities like Cannon Beach >
• Start: Get help with key questions and attract members to get your project off the ground like Splash Pad >
• Finish: Use project management tools to implement your project and get results like the Grant County >
We’re looking forward to seeing the Oregon Unlimited site grow and expand its impact across the state. Already the initiative is getting coverage and generating buzz about how it’s elevating philanthropy. The sky’s the limit for replicating this in other places around the country and across the globe. And perhaps someday in the near future, another group of kids will create their downtown teen center project and pursue their community dreams.
Onward and upward!