White Salmon has been selected to participate in a community education and training program aimed at providing local residents with tools to create a thriving community and reduce poverty.
White Salmon is one of 23 of communities in the state chosen to participate in the Horizons Project, administered by Washington State University Extension. The selected communities each organized a delegation of local residents who attended a recent regional "Spotlight" meetings to learn about the program, and chose to pursue participation.
The goal of the Horizons Project is to help members of the community develop skills, tools and practical strategies to address needs specially identified by that community.
The first program that is held locally is a series of conversations that will begin this January focused on how to build a thriving community.
The program uses a discussion guide called "Thriving Communities: Working together to move from poverty to prosperity for all."
"Local residents of all ages and backgrounds are needed to take part in the local conversation circles, either as a participant or a facilitator," said WSU Horizons Project director Doreen Hauser-Lindstrom. "This is a program for all community members – so individuals of all ages hear and understand different ideas and thoughts."
People interested in learning more about the program should contact Ava Van Velsor at the WSU/Klickitat County Extension office, 773-5817 or Anne Goranson-Salas at WorkSource Columbia Gorge, 493-5020.
The Horizons Project is funded by a grant from the Northwest Area Foundation based in St. Paul, Minn. NWAF's mission is to fight poverty in rural communities in eight northern states. The Horizons Project focuses on providing resources to communities with fewer than 5,000 residents that have experienced declines in population, income and resources.