Community Hubs are locations that can strengthen communities by providing opportunities for social interaction, increasing access to resources and utilizing more county-wide facilities. The Quality of Life Work Group identified Community Hubs as a potential project and has held some preliminary discussions in the Damascus and Newfoundland areas. The Community Development Assessment identified Community Hubs as a way to build stronger social capital and opportunities.
The Action Committee suggested several topics/goals to consider:
Assess the Community Hub network across the county as it stands now and look at how it can be strengthened, and consider how to make existing hubs and the public aware of the availability of shared resources;
Consider what needs can be filled by Community Hubs and ways to address the needs of all groups -- home schoolers, senior citizens, etc.;
Identify the key people and organizations that should be involved and find ways to partner with them;
Find ways to connect existing programs or activities in different geographic areas to make them more accessible (resource guide, video links, standardized programming, visiting groups?);
Identify gaps both within the community hub network and within the greater neighborhood contact along with other gaps including local land use regulations, business mix, population diversity, etc. and how these elements affect opportunities within our communities.