"The best part of Community Heart & Soul is it filters through what you like about your town. Puts discussion and stories in a positive direction that drives decisions and future in a positive direction."
"The most important thing that Community Heart & Soul has done is create a connection among people. The people who are now connected are going to continue to work together. "
Heart & Soul of Essex Team Member,
"Heart & Soul is a positive disruptive force in most communities. It causes residents to turn out for meetings and conversations in ways that are outside traditional norms."
Ph.D., Department of Social Sciences and Health Policy,
Wake Forest School of Medicine
"One of the things Community Heart & Soul has done is make the community believe in itself."
Executive Director, Gardiner Main Street,
"Community Heart & Soul helped us instill confidence in investors and secure grants. How did this happen? It starts with the first guiding principle of Heart and Soul: Involve Everyone. The private sector looks for a level of certainty when they invest in a community, and that level of certainty means something."
Economic Development Director,
"The power of Community Heart & Soul is that it created a critical mass of positivity that overcame old differences that had become obstacles in the community."
Essex Junction, Vermont
"Community Heart & Soul develops our identity and our plans together. We know who we are and want to be – the character of our community. We want business with an ethic – it’s the only type of businesses we want – and Community Heart & Soul represents the ethic of our community for all to see. Businesses can see how they can fit in. And that this is a place they want to be."
Heart & Soul Coordinator,
Mt. Blanchard, Ohio
"Our foundation has been leading effective community engagement since 2005. We believe strongly that local decision-making is key to building strong, sustainable communities. With Orton’s experience and support, we see an opportunity to move our work from good to great."
Nancy Van Milligen,
resident and CEO, Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque,
"People from other towns know about what is going on in Cascade because they hear about the new ideas and more volunteers that are creating momentum."
Heart & Soul Team member and resident of Cascade, Iowa,
"The fabric of a community is built by its volunteers. By placing volunteers front and center, Community Heart & Soul has helped to weave the fabric of our community."
former City Manager,
"If you really want to take an in-depth look at what matters to the members of your community and create a stronger, more cohesive community, Heart & Soul is the way to go."
"We are creating successful economic development that pays tribute to where we came from. Without that base, we risk becoming ‘some revitalized city’ instead of an evolving Biddeford with culture and flavor and strengths that need to be maintained while adding the new."
Executive Director, Heart of Biddeford,
"We created new ways for the council and residents to meet like “Mondays in Mt Blanchard” where everyone can come together to plan how they can make the Heart & Soul of our town come alive every day. All over home cooked food."
Mt. Blanchard, Ohio
"We passionately believe the humanities inspire people to make a difference and come together to advance cultural diversity, economic vibrancy, and an equitable society. With humanities at the heart of planning and development, local values and voices become the foundation for building communities that are connected, innovative, competitive, and strong."
Executive Director, Pennsylvania Humanities Council,
"Our partnership with Orton to bring Community Heart & Soul to small towns in Hancock County has changed the way the Community Foundation does business in a powerful way by making our grant-making less transactional and more transformational."
former Program Director, The Findlay-Hancock County Community Foundation,