This Civic Participation Resource Guide can help you connect and work with others who share your vision, commitment, and ideas to make Connecticut a great place to live and work for all.
Civic participation in Connecticut means all neighbors working together to solve the most immediate problems in their neighborhood, city or town. It also means public officials and their constituents building trust and strong relationships. Civic renewal requires that all of us, including young people, older adults, people of color, and immigrants can have access and take advantage of many different opportunities and pathways to participate in all aspects of community life.
Civic renewal and creating a better future requires civic participation at all levels and in all kinds of ways- which can include:
- working with neighbors and public officials
- donating to charitable causes
- attending public hearings and events on issues that impact us all
- having community dialogues and conversations with others in your neighborhood
- contacting and meeting with elected officials, and
- working together to remove barriers to opportunity
Connecticut’s civic health depends on these and many other kinds of relationships that lead to strong communities and a strong state.
2-1-1 Database links to State and Federal resources on Civic Participation information
Agency resource links:
- Civic Participation/Political Volunteer Opportunities
- Community Involvement Programs
- Constitutional/Civil Rights Groups
- Connecticut Civic Ambassadors Initiative
- Ethnic Advocacy Groups
- Leadership Development
- Neighborhood Revitalization
- System Advocacy
- Volunteer Opportunities
- Volunteer Recruitment/Placement
Resources for Organizing Community Forums and Dialogues
Communities that engage their residents in meaningful conversations and in action to address neighborhood, school, and other issues are stronger, more resilient and respond better to prevent tragedies and economic crisis and respond to challenges and tragedy as they occur. These links provide a variety of resources for organizing community forums and dialogues and guiding conversations on difficult issues, including preventing school violence, welcoming new immigrants, building better community-police relations, etc. This is only a partial list and others will be added gradually, so check back often to find new resources:
- Strong Starts for Children (a discussion guide for community dialogues on early-childhood education (published by Everyday Democracy, 2010)
- Forum Starter Kit (published by the National Issues Forum)
- Voter’s Guides Best Practices (Webinars published by the League of Women Voters, 2015)
- A Guide to Organizing Community Forums (published by Community Catalyst, 2002)
- Organize a Community Forum (published by YWCA.org)
- To foster a more equitable future, the CT Conference of Municipalities is holding a training for communities of color, for those interested in running for office or serving on a local board/commission. For additional information, click here.
Community Dialogues and Conversations Facilitation and Moderator Training in Connecticut
Federal Agency for Service and Volunteering
2-1-1 eLibrary Papers