Bringing Individuals Together to Shape Our Community
The Center for Civic Engagement (CCE) supports a network of community partners within Findlay and Hancock County. We seek collaborative solutions to complex social problems that affect residents across our region.
As our partners focus on issues related to jobs, housing, mental health, substance abuse, transportation, food security, literacy, safety and abuse, the CCE provides resources and houses the coalition work taking place in our community.
After numerous community assessments and conversations, The United Way of Hancock County heard from thousands of constituents regarding "What are the issues in Findlay-Hancock County?" Priority issues easily rose to the top and the United Way began to work collectively to find a process to address them.
The issues identified were:
Mental Health & Substance Use
Safety & Abuse
Around the same time, the Findlay-Hancock County Community Foundation was having similar internal conversations, asking themselves how they could make a deeper impact on these complex social issues.
Leaders in the Findlay community began conversations with leaders in Columbus, Indiana, who have similar issues needing addressed. Columbus's approach was CivicLab- an Institute for Civic Collaboration dedicated toward addressing complex social issues in the community.
Workforce partners in Hancock County adopted CivicLab's process as a way to guide work in the community. After adoption of the process and training, the Findlay-Hancock County Center for Civic Engagement launched in December 2016.