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Building Community Capacity U n i v e r s i t y o f G e o r g i a and U n i v e r s i t y o f N o r t h C a r o l i n a C h a p e l H i l l October 17, 2011

Who We Are This project is funded by The Department of Defense and The U.S. Department of Agriculture to enable The University of Georgia and The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill to better understand how to support military families, specifically members of the Guard and Reserve, within their communities by focusing on factors necessary to build community capacity in such communities.

It is through formal systems and informal networks that shared responsibility and collective competence towards individuals and community members build community capacity.

Why Community Capacity? extended family, friends, neighbors, faithbased groups, etc) relationships.


Community capacity involves the collective response of individuals to share responsibility for the welfare of the community and its members; to demonstrate collective competence in seizing opportunities to address community needs; and, to confront situations that threaten community members’ well-being.

Benefits of community capacity. Communities that not only possess these qualities, but also take action on behalf of their community members, will produce results linked to resilient communities. A valuable asset embedded in the outcome of actions is housed in the relational networks community members have established, particularly informal network (e.g., family, spouse,

Research suggests that the effects of community capacity for members of a community have far-reaching benefits, that otherwise would not come about with the joint efforts of formal systems and informal networks pooling together to achieve a desired outcome. Outcomes from such capacity building include increased adaptation to life’s demands, greater satisfaction with work life, increased commitment to work, increased work productivity, reduced work-life conflicts, and increased overall well-being.

What is the purpose of this project? The completion of this project will result in tools and training along with technical support that will assist communities in supporting their military personnel and families. More specifically, community leaders will be able to more effectively identify significant challenges faced by military personnel and families, to more effectively support communities to meet the needs of, and to activate the assets of, military personnel and families, and to provide services through a partnership with formal and informal community supports to build a resilient community.

Revolution. “No individual can live alone, no nation can live alone, and anyone who feels that he can live alone is sleeping through a revolution.” --Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

How You Can Be Involved inspire. COMMUNITY.

There are about 143,000 troops deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan. Many left families who worry about them and/or struggle to maintain a household without them. These families could be in need of emotional, financial or practical support. Military children of deployed Soldiers are particularly vulnerable because they, too, worry about the safety of their deployed parent. That stress could manifest itself in the form of behavioral/emotional problems, or decreased academic achievement. Many families

today live away from extended family so alternative sources of support can be effective substitutes—e.g., the Guard/Reserve family’s local community. Everyone can do something! In order to inform program development, our team of researchers are conducting site visits to observe the practices of current, on-the-ground ISFAC partnerships. We want to hear your stories of how you have uniquely brought people together (e.g., community capacity building) in support of (to make a difference in) military families’ and communities’ lives.

Family & Community Resilience Laboratory ♦ 261 Dawson Hall ♦ Athens, GA 30602 ♦ (706) 542-2305 ♦

Building Community Capacity - UGA & UNC Project  
Building Community Capacity - UGA & UNC Project  

Community Capacity building is a joint venture between the University of Georgia and University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. The document...