Task Force Blog 3/16/16
The Best Way to Predict Our Future is to Create It!
We haven't made much noise since our event at CITI in
December, but that's not because we haven't been busy. The rollout of our report
ended a year of research. Now it's time for action.
To begin we’re recruiting volunteers. We need passionate and
qualified individuals to become team leaders and members. We also need clerical
help. Perhaps most importantly, we need fiduciary partners who can fund or
To determine what team or specific goals align best with
you or your organization, check our teams page to see our team missions and goals.
Our existing teams are focused on Economic Development,
Youth and Schools, Workforce Development,
Human Services Collaborative, Community
Empowerment, Housing, and Substance Use Disorder and Recovery.
as needed and team leaders meet once a month with our steering committee to
report on progress and make requests for resources.
This is a ground-up approach—defining needs, establishing partners and
calculating costs—which should allow us to work in many areas at the same time without
asking any single entity for a huge amount of money. It should also free us to
work quickly and outside of government when that is advantageous.
One "outside of government" success has already occurred spontaneously. At the
end of our event at CITI in December I described a parenting program that both
Family Court Judges in the County found useful to help parents
understand the triggers of aggression. It ran out of money and was terminated. I
told the audience that the program could have an immediate impact on children
and I knew that we could fund it.
At 10:00 am the next morning I took a call from the Oswego YMCA. I was told that
the Oswego Masonic Lodge would fund the program and the YMCA would administer
it, host the training and provide free daycare for the children of attendees, an
incredible example of what can happen with new alliances. This one happened
At a recent meeting to discuss the work of the task force I opened by saying,
"The best way to predict your future is to create it." After attributing the
quote to Abraham Lincoln, I repeated it, changing it slightly to "The best way
to predict our future is to create it."
That is the opportunity we have now, to change the future of Oswego County. We can test
new methods and practices. We can create collaborations where barriers existed
before. We can identify broken policies and fix them and we can make the best
use of our greatest resource, our incredibly talented people. With hard work,
passion and faith we can have a profound impact on the future of Oswego County.
That is our opportunity and I invite you to join us in the process.
--Roy Reehil, Chair
Community Health and Poverty Reduction Task Force
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Envisioning Oswego County in 2030