The Slave Lake and District Chamber of Commerce and Community Futures hosted three nonprofit networking meetings in 2020.
The goal of the meetings is to support nonprofits and to facilitate conversations and collaboration between groups.
At the March 9 meeting, there were representatives from Kid’s Sport, Stage North Association, Elks, Youth Justice Committee, Slave Lake Regional Arts Council, the tourism association, Gilwood Golf, and Community Futures.
This was the first meeting with the goal of making decisions of concrete actions to offer nonprofits resources to address the issues raised in the last two meetings.
One of the biggest challenges nonprofits brought to the group was having two or more events conflict with each other. This makes it difficult for any of the events to succeed.
The group decided to establish a closed Facebook group for members of nonprofits to discuss event dates, inform other groups of upcoming events, collaborate, and ask for volunteers.
An open group on Facebook to promote events was suggested, but there are already several such groups. The decision was made to gather more information about what is being done.
Also, decided was for Community Futures to host a planning meeting in January and September, for groups to come in and write down their upcoming events.
As January has already passed, it is possible that one of these sessions will be held before September. This depends on the group coming up with a plan to address all of the issues raised by the group.
The meetings are open to members of all the nonprofits which operate in and around Slave Lake.
For now, the group intends to meet monthly. Once the group is more established, the meeting time may switch to bimonthly or quarterly.
A meeting was scheduled for Thursday, April 16, from 7 to 9 p.m. The location will depend on how many people RSVP. The time will likely depend on what happens with COVID-19.