Service & Civic Organizations

​Civic reflection offers service and civic organizations a chance to explore tough organizational questions, build community, and engage in challenging, thought-provoking conversation about the people and communities they serve. What kind of change are we making? How do communities have a voice? Who should be responsible for addressing poverty and why? Civic reflection helps service and civic organizations take a step back from their day-to-day work, think about their choices and commitments, and talk about how these might impact their colleagues, communities, and the people they serve.

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Benefits:

  • Decrease in burn-out and renewed sense of vigor for issues and populations at hand

  • Strengthened connections to colleagues and communities being served

  • Increased innovation and creativity when approaching leadership, programming, and organizational issues

View impact case studies that detail CCR's work with service and civic organizations.

What People Are Saying

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Civic reflection has been instrumental in improving our retention rate. It’s a bonding tool that helped reunite our group.

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--AmeriCorps Program Manager, Ohio

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When members sign up for AmeriCorps they are excited about the opportunity to serve their community, but once they start their service, they are often so absorbed in their day-to-day work that they don’t have much time to reflect on their experience. [Civic reflection discussions] make their service experience more meaningful by giving them a structured environment for thinking about community engagement and their personal experience in AmeriCorps.

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--AmeriCorps Program Director, Ohio

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I believe the clearest and strongest benefit [of the Justice Talking program] is the team-building and thoughtful reflection it encourages. Our members are scattered throughout the state at host sites, so building a relationship among them is important but challenging. This year, we had an issue within the corps that caused some tension among the members, and I believe the Justice Talking program helped them to get back in a shared service mindset and into a team spirit.

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--AmeriCorps Program Director, Ohio

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