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Community Stories

When the Community Tool Box hosted the Out of the Box competition, we were amazed by the inspiring stories of change that were sent in from across the globe. When the competition concluded, we realized that each of the stories we received deserved to be shared and celebrated, and so each month we continue to adapt new stories to feature on this page. The work described in these examples covers a wide range of areas, from protecting the environment to preventing the spread of HIV/AIDS, to addressing Millennium Development Goals to rallying neighborhoods together for change, and improving the public's health. These stories exemplify the amazing efforts that are being undertaken in the every corner of the earth to improve communities and make a better world.

The power of communities to take action is a wonderful thing to behold, and we hope that you will find inspiration for your own work in these examples.

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Breakthrough Club, in Wichita, Kansas, planned a unique approach to educating communities about mental illness through a reader’s theatre presentation. The content was developed by a local playwright who used the life stories of Breakthrough Club members as his inspiration. The event was held at...

The Growing Community Project (GCP) works with stakeholders to build community gardens in order to increase food security in Helena, Montana, as well as to strengthen their neighborhoods. GCP aims to work with low-income populations, giving them gardening space and teaching them gardening skills...

The Empowerment Group’s Entrepreneurship Program trains low-income entrepreneurs in the skills they need to create sustainable businesses in the city of Philadelphia. The group helps educate individuals on the benefits of community businesses: self-employment, additional jobs for low-income...

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