Jennifer Rogers greets residents at the Emancipation Day Celebration

Every town has a heart and soul that reflects what residents love about their community and why they choose to live there.

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What is Community Heart & Soul?

Community Heart & Soul is a resident-driven process that engages the entire population of a town in identifying what they love most about their community, what future they want for it, and how to achieve it.

Developed and field-tested over a decade in partnership with over 100 small cities and towns across America, Community Heart & Soul is a proven process for engaging a community in shaping its future.

Learn our history and mission from Community Heart & Soul founder, Lyman Orton, proprietor of The Vermont Country Store.

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Bucksport Maine Finds Its Heart & Soul

James and Deborah Fallows, authors of the national best seller Our Towns: A 100,000-Mile Journey into the Heart of America, just wrote about their visit to the Heart & Soul community of Bucksport, Maine.

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Community Heart & Soul Towns

From Downeast Maine to the Heartlands to the Pacific Northwest, towns and residents are making change in their communities. Click on the map to see where it’s happening and hear their stories. Let us give you a guided tour through the transformation with Community Heart & Soul.

Community Heart & Soul towns