Collective Ownership at Tuesdays Together
Posted by noelleth on June 27, 2011
Over the past several months, IMPACT has experienced a period of transition, both in terms of staffing as well as office space. In these moments, it is easy to lose sight of opportunities created as a result of the pain caused by change. For the Wheaton Opportunity Network, the challenge created by reduced staff capacity resulted in an opportunity for us to invite network members to take ownership of the community space created by Tuesdays Together. For me, this was a really humbling and yet empowering experience. Often times, we focus on the burdens of making requests for help and pay little attention to the affirmation of value it creates for those who we make these requests of. The result was a weekly Tuesdays Together gathering that is run by network members.
In response to our call to action, Rosa Sanchez, Debra Wylie, Rosa Hernandez, Maria Chevez and Nathena Brisco stepped up to host the weekly Tuesdays Together and pilot a leadership team structure for three months. Marcia Mindel took leadership of the English learning circle with the support volunteer support from middle school and high school students, Ana Jorge musters up the collaborative energy to set up and put back our community space at the Catholic Charities, Ana Giron continues to cook with love for our community each Tuesday and Roxanna Ortiz keeps the kids engaged, excited and absolutely cheerful.
Each Tuesday, I walk in to Catholic Charities to the buzz of energy as residents and network members set up our common community space. Each gathering is facilitated by the five women leaders who rotate in pairs to hold the mutual support space. At the end of the evening, everyone who participates in our weekly gathering helps puts the room back in order. For me this is the true essence of collective ownership.
Our call to action to you
Be part of our community and the Tuesdays Together resident leadership team by supporting our mutual support circles, English learning circles and other new projects in the network.
Every Tuesday, 6-8pm
Neighborhood Service Center at Catholic Charities
12247 Georgia Ave
Silver Spring, MD 20902