A Partnership Guide for Faith-Basedand Neighborhood OrganizationsPARTNERSHIPSfor theCOMMON GOODThe White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships
A Partnership Guide for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Organizations [ 1 ] PARTNERSHIPS�for the�COMMON GOOD�A Partnership Guide for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Organizations The White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships This toolkit was produced by theWhite House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships, led by the Center for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
A Partnership Guide for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Organizations [ 3 ]“For as much as government can do and must do,it is ultimately the faith and determination of theAmerican people upon which this nation relies. It isthe kindness to take in a stranger when the leveesbreak, the selflessness of workers who would rathercut their hours than see a friend lose their job… aparent’s willingness to nurture a child that finallydecides our fate.What is required of us now is a new era ofresponsibility — a recognition, on the part ofevery American, that we have duties to ourselves,our nation, and the world, duties that we do notgrudgingly accept but rather seize gladly, firm in theknowledge that there is nothing so satisfying to thespirit, so defining of our character, than giving our allto a difficult task.”– President Obama,Inaugural Address January 20, 2009
A Partnership Guide for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Organizations [ 5 ]THIS IS AN INVITATION.This is an invitation to partner with theWhite House andAgencies across the federal government to roll up oursleeves and work together to improve our communities.We all know that government cannot solve our nation’sproblems on its own. But in partnership with organizationslike yours, we can accomplish amazing things together onbehalf of those in need.This Guide is an invitation to our nation’s houses of worship,neighborhood associations, and community-basednonprofits of all stripes – to join with us to strengthen thecommon good.This Partnership Guide will point you to particularopportunities to form partnerships with Centers for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships across government,as well as helpful information on how to apply for federalgrants and access capacity building resources to support thegreat work that you are already doing.
[ 6 ] Partnerships for the Common GoodHOW TO USE THIS GUIDEThis Guide is designed to give local faith and community leaders a menu ofopportunities to partner with President Obama’s Office for Faith-Based andNeighborhood Partnerships to address a variety of challenges and issues criticalto local communities.This list is not by any means exhaustive. Use this Guide toreview the kinds of partnerships that can be formed in the areas that are mostimportant to your local congregation or organization.The staff at our Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnership Centers stand readyto support your local group in forming the partnerships described in this Guideand to answer any questions you have about how to move forward.Learn more about our office and stay up to date on all of our work at:www.whitehouse.gov/partnerships
A Partnership Guide for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Organizations [ 7 ]THE WHITE HOUSE OFFICE OFFAITH-BASED AND NEIGHBORHOODPARTNERSHIPSTheWhite House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnershipsforms and supports partnerships between government at all levels andnonprofit organizations, both secular and faith-based, to more effectivelyserve Americans in need.TheWhite House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnershipscoordinates 13 Federal agency Centers for Faith-Based and NeighborhoodPartnerships. Each Center forms partnerships between its agency andfaith-based and neighborhood organizations to advance specific goals.Thisresource guide highlights some of the programmatic work our Centers areengaged with across all aspects of government.TheWhite House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships andits Federal Centers do not award grants or make grant award decisions.Organizations must apply for grants through a competitive process.This guide shares more information about how to begin the process ofapplying for a federal grant. Because of the trust that government agenciesand clients place in these organizations, financial partnerships with thegovernment must be characterized by their ability to both uphold the freeexercise of religion and to prevent the establishment of religion.TheWhite House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnershipsalso coordinates the President’s Advisory Council on Faith-Based andNeighborhood Partnerships.This Advisory Council is a group of leadersfrom both faith-based and non-sectarian organizations, each serving a1-year term.The Advisory Council forms recommendations on how thefederal government can more effectively partner with faith-based andneighborhood organizations to better serve families and communities.
A Partnership Guide for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Organizations [ 9 ].........................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................TABLE OF CONTENTSIssue AreasStrengthening Adoption 11Preparing for and Responding to Disasters 13Improving Education for our Children 17Partnering on Responsible Fatherhood 21GreeningYour Building 25Supporting Healthy Children and Families 29Creating Housing Opportunities 33Impacting Hunger and Nutrition 37Advancing International Relief and Development 41Creating Jobs and Economic Opportunity 45Supporting Veterans and Military Families 51Encouraging Volunteerism and Community Service 57Applying for Federal Grants 61Capacity Building 67Contact Information 69
A Partnership Guide for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Organizations [ 11 ]STRENGTHENING ADOPTIONPresident Obama recognizes adoption as a positive and powerfulforce in the lives of millions of Americans.TheWhite House Officeof Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships works with theDepartment of Health and Human Services to support adoption andhelp youth in foster care.Today, 115,000 children in foster care in this country are waiting tobe adopted. Fortunately, there has been a significant decline in thenumber of children in foster care overall, down from 523,000 in 2002to 424,000 in 2009, while the number of children being placed inpermanent homes for adoption has continued to increase, up to 57,000in 2009, the latest year data is available. Childhood is fleeting, however,and no child should grow up without or have to endure the uncertaintythat they will receive the stability love, and nurturing that a permanentfamily can provide. Every child needs and deserves a family, up to age 18and beyond.The President and this Administration have proved their commitment toadoption in several ways:• First, through the Affordable Care Act, the President signed into law a substantial increase in the AdoptionTax Credit, extended the AdoptionTax Credit through 2011, and made the credit refundable. • Then, in December 2010, the President signed into law legislation extending the AdoptionTax Credit through 2012. • The President has also maintained support for critical programs,including the Adoption Opportunities Program, the John F. ChafeeFoster Care Independence Program, and Adoption Assistance fundingto states.Still, despite the powerful role government can play in supporting adoption,the responsibility is always shared with families, communities and faith-based organizations to support children and families who need homes.So many faith-based and community organizations across the country aredoing tremendous work to ensure that every child has a happy, safe home.This includes houses of worship that encourage their members to adopt andcommit to supporting adoptive and foster families in their congregations. Hereare some areas where we can partner together.
[ 12 ] Partnerships for the Common Good 1. Host an event providinginformation to prospectiveadoptive families andencourage them to take thefirst step!Adoption isn’t for everyone, but you canhelp make it easier for families who maybe considering adoption to have all theinformation they’ll need to take that firststep. Using resources provided bywww.adoptuskids.org, a collaborationfunded by the Department of Health andHuman Services, you can help put on aseminar offering prospective families whatthey’ll need to start the adoption process.2. Connect to the National FosterCare & Adoption DirectoryThe National Foster Care & AdoptionDirectory is a comprehensive resourcethat provides individuals with informationabout foster care and adoption resources intheir state, public foster care and adoptionagencies, domestic and internationalprivate adoption agencies, foster care andadoption support groups, and other criticalinformation.The directory is located atwww.childwelfare.gov/nfcad.3. Partner to connect families tothe Adoption Tax CreditThe AdoptionTax Credit is a tremendoustool for families exploring adoption.Adoption advocacy and communityorganizations can share helpful informationwith adoptive families about the AdoptionTax Credit.You can learn about adoptionassistance in your state by visitingwww.childwelfare.gov/adoption/adopt_assistance.For more information, please contact ourCenter at the Department of Health andHuman Services firstname.lastname@example.org.
A Partnership Guide for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Organizations [ 13 ]PREPARING FOR ANDRESPONDING TO DISASTERSDisaster can strike anytime, anywhere. Some come with warningand forecasts while others, like earthquakes, can strike withoutnotice. Unfortunately, for many people, planning for an emergency ordisaster is not a priority. Many of us think that it will be easy to grabitems from the pantry if disaster strikes. However, what if you are notat home?What if your family is separated?What if you have to leavequickly? What about your elderly or disabled neighbor?Nonprofit organizations, including faith-based and communityorganizations, play a vital role in both preparing for disaster, and inensuring an inclusive and participatory community-wide recoveryfrom a disaster. Nonprofit sector support is provided by a range oforganizations, from small community-based nonprofits to nationalorganizations with extensive experience with disaster recovery.Theseorganizations directly supplement and fill gaps where governmentauthority and resources cannot be applied.If organizations and businesses — including nonprofits— are ready to survive and recover, our communities,country, and our economy are more secure.Takingsteps now to prepare for all types of disasters andemergencies will go far in ensuring everyone’s safety.We must work together as a team to ensure thatindividuals, families and communities are preparedfor emergencies and disasters. It is better to beprepared and have essential resources on hand,even if you don’t use them, than to be unprepared ifa disaster occurs.
[ 14 ] Partnerships for the Common Good Your organization can help your communitybe ready for a disaster. Here are three waysyou can help your community be properlyequipped:• Host a “Ready America” PreparednessWorkshop • Ensure your organization is prepared• Join or start an emergency responseteam in your community.1. Host a “Ready America”Preparedness Workshop foryour CommunityA “Ready America” PreparednessWorkshopis a community-wide event.This workshopis a great way for community and faithleaders to work in conjunction with theirfirst responders and the emergencymanagement community.Together,community and faith leaders host eventsthat demonstrate that when individualsand communities are prepared, emergencyresponse personnel can better focus onthose survivors with medical and rescueneeds.Here’s how to host a “Ready America”PreparednessWorkshop:To start, learn how to build an emergencykit using free publications, including ourReady Emergency Supply Checklist,” andwalk through how to develop a FamilyEmergency Plan by using Ready’s FamilyEmergency PlanTemplate. Both areavailable at www.ready.gov under Make aPlan.Then, be sure to invite local governmentofficials, first responders, your localVoluntary Organization Active inDisaster representative (American RedCross, Salvation Army, etc.), your localCitizen Corps Council, and CommunityEmergency ResponseTeams to give briefemergency preparedness presentations atcommunity recreation centers, houses ofworship, libraries, etc.Present the community’s emergencypreparedness plan so people are aware ofit. The local first responders can discussemergencies that could affect your areaand the appropriate responses.Lastly, show the latest Ready Public ServiceAdvertisements on a video monitor.VisitThe Ready Campaign at www.ready.gov and www.citizencorps.gov for moreinformation on partners and resourcesavailable for this event.
A Partnership Guide for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Organizations [ 15 ]2. Ensure Your Organization is PreparedHow quickly your nonprofit organization,congregation or company can openits doors again after a terrorist attack,tornado, fire or flood often depends onemergency planning done today. Startplanning now to improve the likelihood thatyour company will survive and recover.Ready Business atwww.ready.gov/business outlinescommonsense measures that nonprofitleaders and business owners can take tostart getting ready. It provides practicalsteps and easy-to-use templates to helpyou plan.These recommendations reflectthe Emergency Preparedness and BusinessContinuity Standard developed by theNational Fire Protection Associationand endorsed by the American NationalStandards Institute and the Department ofHomeland Security.The site also providesuseful links to resources providing moredetailed business continuity and disasterpreparedness information.Business continuity and crisismanagement can be complex issuesdepending on the particular industry, sizeand scope of your organization or business.However, putting a plan in motion willimprove the likelihood that your nonprofitorganization or company will survive andrecover.Preparing makes good sense. Get readynow. For more information,go to www.ready.gov/business.
[ 16 ] Partnerships for the Common Good3. Join or Start an EmergencyResponse Team in YourCommunityFollowing a major disaster, first responderswho provide fire and medical services maynot be able to meet the demand for theseservices. In some cases, survivors may needto rely on each other for help in order tomeet their immediate life saving and lifesustaining needs.Members of a house of worship,neighborhood association, or workplacecan form community Emergency ResponseTeams (CERTs) through partnership withlocal emergency service personnel thatto be better prepared for hazards thatcan threaten their communities. CERTsare an active and vital part of communitypreparedness and response.To get started, become familiar with CERTProgram basics at the CERT website,www.citizenscorps.gov/cert/.The CERTBasicTraining course will enable individualsto be better prepared to respond to andcope with the aftermath of a disaster.Additionally, if local government wants tosupplement its response capability after adisaster, CERT members can be organizedas neighborhood, workplace, school, andgovernment teams.Community Emergency ResponseTeam members are our country’scitizen heroes when disaster strikes.Find out more atwww.citizencorps.gov/cert/To determine if your community has aCERT Program, go towww.citizenscorps.gov/cert/. A localCERT Program will be sponsored by the firedepartment, or the local law enforcementor emergency management agency. Youcan encourage your membership to registerfor community-wide CERT training.Thelocal CERT program might also be able toconduct the CERT BasicTraining just formembers of your congregation if a largeenough group is interested in attending.If there isn’t a CERT Program alreadyestablished in your community you canplay an important role with the sponsoringgovernment agency in getting the programstarted.To determine how you might help,see “Start a CERT program” at the CERTwebsite: www.citizencorps.gov/cert/start.For more information on how to tie in tothe local preparedness efforts, contact yourlocal or State Emergency Managementoffice by going to www.fema.gov.For more information about any of theseprograms, contact our Center at theDepartment of Homeland Security email@example.com.
A Partnership Guide for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Organizations [ 17 ]IMPROVING EDUCATIONFOR OUR CHILDREN“The question is whether all of us — as citizens, and asparents — are willing to do what’s necessary to give everychild a chance to succeed.That responsibility begins not inour classrooms, but in our homes and communities.”– President Obama,State of the Union AddressJanuary 25, 2011Education is a critical pathway to success for individuals andfamilies. Partnerships between schools and faith-based andcommunity organizations can help to achieve this goal ofeducational success for all students.That is why the Center forFaith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships at the Departmentof Education works to promote student achievement and build aculture of educational excellence within communities across thecountry.
[ 18 ] Partnerships for the Common Good There are many ways we can work togetherto help the students in your community.Wehave highlighted four ways to get started.1. Partner with Local SchoolsCommunity and faith-based organizationscan support academic achievement bypartnering with school districts to helpthem in their efforts to improve low-performing schools. Organizations cancreate, implement, and support programsthat have been shown to be successful inboosting school attendance, decreasingnegative student behavior, improvingacademic performance, and increasingaccess to post-secondary education.We want to help you partner with schoolsin your community. Contact the Centerfor Faith-Based and NeighborhoodPartnerships at the Department ofEducation at firstname.lastname@example.org more information.2. Sponsor Summer andAfterschool ProgramsAnother option is to partner with the localschool district to develop or continue aquality summer or afterschool program.Under the 21st Century CommunityLearning Centers program, the Departmentprovides grants to states for summer andbefore- and afterschool programs.Yourcommunity or faith-based organizationmay be eligible to receive a sub-grant.Be sure to visitwww.ed.gov/programs/21stcclcfor more information.Your organization can also help childrenin low-income areas get the nutrition theyneed to learn, play, and grow throughoutthe summer months when they are outof school.You can participate in the U.S.Department of Agriculture’s Summer FoodService Program and provide children withsubsidized meals as part of your summerprogram. For more information, visitwww.fns.usda.gov/CND/summer.
A Partnership Guide for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Organizations [ 19 ]3. Help Students withCollege Access andFederal Student Aid For our young adults to becomecompetitive global citizens, more and moreof them will need to attend and completecollege. Many students are not aware ofthe opportunities they have to attendcollege.Your community or faith-basedorganization can help improve collegeaccess by providing information to localfamilies through hosting college fairs,college tours and family education events.Applying for federal student financial aidhas been simplified over the years. Manyfaith leaders and community organizationscan host workshop and college nights,and provide resources for families on theprocess of applying to college.Too oftenstudents and families disqualify themselveswithout knowing all the facts.Host a college nightat your organization1. Visit local high schools, recreationcenters, and community organizationsto publicize your college night.2. Invite school guidance counselors,teachers, students, and parents toparticipate.3. Walk participants throughpostsecondary education options.4. Present information on the financialaid process.For more information, please visit:www.college.gov.For additional information please visitwww.ed.gov/edpartners or contact theCenter at email@example.com (202) 401-1876.
A Partnership Guide for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Organizations [ 21 ]PARTNERING ON RESPONSIBLEFATHERHOODBeing a dad is one of the most important jobs any man can have.However, almost one-third of American youth live in a single-parenthome and far too many children in America grow up without the loveand support of their father. Without the active involvement of dads,young people are more likely to drop out of school, be involved in thecriminal justice system, and become teen parents themselves.As the father of two young girls and someone who grew up withouthis dad in the home, President Obama knows firsthand the power offathers being present in the lives of children -- and the holes dads leavewhen they are absent. Over the past year, the Obama administrationhas led forums across the country to discuss how we all can impactfather absence through personal and community responsibility. Now,President Obama is launching a major next step in his longstandingagenda on fatherhood:The President’s Fatherhood and MentoringInitiative.
[ 22 ] Partnerships for the Common Good The President’s Fatherhood and MentoringInitiative is a national effort to impactfather absence in America throughpartnerships with fatherhood and family-serving groups and role models around thecountry. The following are many ways youcan join with the President in this nationaleffort to address the crisis of father absenceacross the country.1. Join the President in theFatherhood and MentoringInitiativeGo to www.Fatherhood.gov/initiative tosign up others and get more informationabout being a father or mentor, andsupporting fatherhood and mentoring inyour community.2. Distribute cards in yourcommunity for others to jointhe effortFatherhood and Mentoring InitiativeCards are available in English and Spanish.Community members who might not haveaccess or opportunity to visit the websitecan sign up to join with the President in thiseffort.To request cards, please send yourrequest to firstname.lastname@example.org. Become a MentorYou can be involved by serving as a mentoror asking for a mentor. Sometimes, weknow a father can’t be present.That iswhen we need others to step up even moreto be involved and be a positive role modelin the life of a child. For more informationon mentoring, visit the website for theFederal Mentoring Council atwww.federalmentoringcouncil.gov orwww.serve.gov.For more information or opportunities to beinvolved, www.Fatherhood.gov provides awide range of resources and information onfatherhood programs in your community,descriptions of efforts by State and muchmore.
be a dad today.Take time to877-4DAD411www.fatherhood.govA Partnership Guide for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Organizations [ 23 ] 4. Support Responsible ReentryHundreds of thousands of men andwomen return to our communities fromincarceration each year, and many of themare parents. Community and faith-basedorganizations play a critical role in helpingformally incarcerated individuals transitionback into our communities in a way that issafe, healthy, and responsible.The Center for Faith-Based andNeighborhood Partnerships at theDepartment of Justice works withcommunity- and faith-based groups tosupport responsible reentry.You can reach this Center, learn more aboutgrant opportunities, and share your goodwork at (202) 307-0588 email@example.com.For additional information onFatherhood, contact the Center at theDepartment of Health and HumanServices at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A Partnership Guide for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Organizations [ 25 ]GREENING YOUR BUILDINGCaring for our planet is an integral part of living out the valuesshared by millions of Americans, including communities of faithand nonprofit organizations.You can be a good steward of ourenvironment and help your organization save money through energyefficiency. Let’s look at the statistics. There are more than 370,000congregations in the United States with hundreds of thousands ofnonprofit buildings. If American houses of worship all reduced energywaste and saved a modest 10 percent of current use, they wouldachieve:• Savings of about $315 million that could be redirected to programsand ministries;• Prevention of more than 1.3 million tons of greenhouse gasemissions – equivalent to the emissions of about 240,000 cars, orto planting nearly 300,000 acres of trees.
[ 26 ] Partnerships for the Common Good Not only will greening a congregation ornonprofit reduce energy bills and carbonemissions, and protect the environment,it will also encourage job growth amongthousands of U.S. energy efficiencydesign, construction, service and productproviders, as well as among manufacturersof products and equipments.Retrofitting a building can be a complicatedprocess.The Environmental ProtectionAgency (EPA) created ENERGY STAR forCongregations to help faith-based andcommunity organizations operate and buildgreen, environmentally friendly facilities.1. Learn about what ENERGYSTAR provides yourCongregation and BusinessYou will receive free, accurate, unbiasedinformation on energy efficiency, alongwith online technical support, throughthe “Email aTechnical Question” serviceand other technical resources. Be sure toreview “Putting Energy into Stewardship,”a “how-to” guide for analyzing andupgrading your facility efficiency, more tipsfor greening, and an even more detailedguide, the “Building Upgrade Manual”for your facility manager.You will also beable to review links to energy efficientequipment, service contractors and utilities.There is also information, calculators andspecifications on ENERGY STAR labeledproducts.Please visitwww.energystar.gov/congregations.
A Partnership Guide for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Organizations [ 27 ]2. Join ENERGY STAR as a Partner and sign the ENERGY STAR Challenge After you sign up, help your members learnhow to save money and reduce energywaste at home and at their workplaces.Then, “benchmark” your congregation’sbaseline energy use, costs and greenhousegas emissions with the free, online PortfolioManager tool, found atwww.energystar.gov/benchmark. Don’tforget to prepare a strategic energymanagement plan and track your energysavings.You could earn the ENERGY STARlabel for your facility. ENERGY STARCongregations offers national and localrecognition of success through annualawards and the ENERGY STAR label forworship or community facilities.3. Educate others about what you are doing and the simple steps to become more “Green.”You can review our website for informationmaterials and marketing resources tocommunicate your efforts. Find expert helpfor remodeling, upgrading or expandingyour worship facility from ProfessionalEngineers, Registered Architects or serviceand product providers.Work with qualifiedArchitecture & Engineering Firms tobuild new facilities “Designed to Earn theENERGY STAR” and purchase ENERGYSTAR qualified products for your facilities.Finally, you can also apply for a nationalaward for your congregation!For more information on how to getstarted, contact ENERGY STAR. Forhouses of worship, visitwww.energystar.gov/congregations.Nonprofit community organizations canvisit www.energystar.gov/smallbiz.You can also contact us atEPACongregations@energyandsecurity.com.For additional information, contact theCenter at the Environmental ProtectionAgency at Partnerships@epa.gov or (202)564-8368.
A Partnership Guide for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Organizations [ 29 ]SUPPORTING HEALTHYCHILDREN AND FAMILIESMillions of Americans lack access to health care. Access to qualityhealth care and healthy choices are essential to healthy children,families and communities.As leaders of faith and community-based organizations, you playessential roles in your community’s health.Through health ministries,outreach programs, education, and other creative efforts, you alreadyconnect people to health care and help them achieve health and reachtheir potential.As trusted leaders and messengers, your support for healthy choices hasa tremendous impact.You are able to motivate people to live healthylives in a way government cannot.You are often the link between thosewho are most vulnerable and hardest-to-reach and the health servicesthey need.We thank you for your leadership for health and we areexcited to share five ways that your organization or congregation canhelp promote the health of your community.
[ 30 ] Partnerships for the Common Good 1. Offer your Community a Tour of HealthCare.govHealthCare.gov is an easy-to-use websitethat helps Americans take control of theirhealth care and make the choices thatare right for them by putting the powerof information at their fingertips.You canempower your members to learn aboutthese important new health care benefitsmade possible by the Affordable CareAct and how to access them by offering asimple guided tour of the website. On thesite, your members can learn:• How families can now keep theircollege-age and young adult childrenon their family health insurance planuntil the age of 26;• How people with pre-existing conditions can access coverage; • Timeline for implementation of thelaw;• And much more!Visitors can compare health coverageoptions and prices available to them in theirzip code.The website also enables users tocompare the quality of care for hospitals,nursing homes, home care and dialysisfacilities in their region.Visit www.HealthCare.gov.Also available in Spanish, atwww.CuidadoDeSalud.gov.2. Link Adults and Kidsto Health careConnect Kids to health care coverageThrough the Connecting Kids to CoverageChallenge, community stakeholders canjoin the effort to enroll 5 million eligibleuninsured children in Medicaid and theChildren’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP)within 5 years.You can help families enrolltheir eligible kids in your state’s Children’sHealth Insurance or Medicaid program byproviding information at your communitycenter or house of worship. Check outwww.InsureKidsNow.gov for fact sheets,posters and other resources to connect kidsto coverage!Partner with your Local CommunityHealth CenterYou can easily link your members whoneed care to a health center in your area.Community Health Centers provideprimary and preventive care to low-incomeindividuals and families.They serve as
A Partnership Guide for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Organizations [ 31 ] medical homes for millions of people whoreceive health services, including primarycare, dental care, prevention screenings fordisease, and nutrition programs.To start, you can find your local communityhealth center by looking it up atwww.hhs.gov/partnerships.Visit or callyour local community health center to findout what services and programs it offers,and how individuals and families can makethe health center their medical home. Makesure that the staff in your organization whowork with individuals and families whomay lack health insurance understand theservices that are available and how peoplecan sign-up.You can make sure that yourentire community is aware of the servicesprovided by your local community healthcenter.3. Join the First Lady’sLet’s Move! InitiativeThe First Lady’s Let’s Move! initiativefocuses on an ambitious goal: to solvethe problem of childhood obesity withina generation. Childhood obesity rates inAmerica have tripled over the past 30 yearsand childhood obesity is associated withincreased risk of asthma, type 2 diabetes,heart disease, high blood pressure, sleepproblems, and more.Let’s Move! Faith and Communities isa unique effort within Let’s Move! thatrecognizes and engages the efforts of faithand community-based organizations in theLet’s Move! goal.We invite your faith or community-basedorganization to join the hundreds ofgroups that have already stepped up tohelp achieve the Let’s Move! Faith andCommunities Challenges!The four nationwide challenges are:1. Walk three million miles together– Consider starting a walking clubin your community to log milestogether;2. Earn 500,000 Presidential ActiveLifestyle Awards;3. Start 10,000 new communitygardens or farmers markets atcongregations and communitycenters; and4. Host 1,000 new Summer Food Service Program sites at congregations or community organization. We created a special toolkit and websitefor congregations and communityorganizations participating in Let’s Move!You can view and download the toolkit atour HHS Partnership Center website:www.hhs.gov/partnerships/letsmoveTo learn more about Lets Move! go towww.LetsMove.gov.
[ 32 ] Partnerships for the Common Good 4. Encourage Moms and Dads toSign Up for Text4BabyText4Baby is a free texting service to helppromote healthy pregnancies and babies.Women who sign up for the service receivethree SMS text messages each week timedto their due date or baby’s date of birth.Text4baby messages also connect womento local clinics and support services forprenatal and infant care. Dads can also signup forText4Baby.Signing up is easy: just text the word“BABY” to 511411. For text messages inSpanish, text the word “BEBE.” Put up aposter forText4Baby in your communityor announcement board and highlightText4Baby for youth in your community.For more information, visitwww.text4baby.org.5. Host HIV/AIDS Testing Day inyour CommunityLast year, President Obama issued the firstever National HIV/AIDS Strategy (NHAS)for the United States.This strategy includesconcrete action steps to engage faith andcommunity groups to address HIV/AIDSand related issues. Faith and communityleaders are trusted messengers on healthissues.Your ability to raise awareness,support prevention and encourage earlydetection makes you a key partner inaddressing HIV/AIDS. HIVTesting Day isheld each year in June to coincide withnational testing month.To help raise awareness and supportthe National HIV/AIDS strategy in yourcommunity, consider hosting an HIV testingevent during the month of June. Yourcongregation or community organizationcan partner with a local health clinic orother health and wellness organizationto sponsor a testing day. For moreinformation, please visit www.AIDS.gov.Contact the Center for Faith-Basedand Neighborhood Partnerships atthe Department of Health and HumanServices to learn more about all ofthese opportunities for partnership email@example.com andwww.hhs.gov/partnerships.
A Partnership Guide for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Organizations [ 33 ]CREATING HOUSINGOPPORTUNITIESWith hundreds of thousands of American households facing thepossibility of foreclosure, there is a great amount of help thatfaith-based and community organizations can provide to theircommunities in this area.In addition, on any given night, hundreds of thousands ofindividuals across the country are homeless, seeking shelter onthe streets, in cars, and in other inadequate facilities as well asin emergency shelters, transitional housing or other supportivehousing. Homelessness affects people of all ages, all ethnicities,and various backgrounds.While many cities and states are alreadyworking hard to assist the homeless, the need is still great.The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) andour Center for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships at HUDwould like to work with your organization to help those in yourcommunity prevent foreclosures and impact homelessness.
[ 34 ] Partnerships for the Common Good There are many ways you can help familiesand individuals in your community avoidforeclosure. Through partnerships withfaith-based and community organizationsaround the country and capacity buildingresources, the U.S. Department of Housingand Urban Development is working tostem the tide of high foreclosure rates andto support the development of affordablehousing. Here are three key ways that youcan help prevent foreclosures and aid thehomeless.FORECLOSURES1. Partner to Prevent ForeclosuresThe Obama administration’s Making HomeAffordable Program includes opportunitiesto modify or refinance a mortgage inorder to make monthly payments moreaffordable. It also includes the HomeAffordable Foreclosure AlternativesProgram (HAFA) for homeowners who areinterested in a short sale or deed-in-lieu offoreclosure.Let’s work together to spread the wordabout the Homeowner’s HOPE Hotline.You can ask folks in your congregation andcommunity to call (888) 995-HOPE (4673)to learn about the Making Home Affordableprogram and to speak with a HUD-approved housing counselor for free. If youare having difficulties working with yourmortgage company, ask for “MHA Help”.(888) 995-HOPE (4673)(877) 304-9709TTYOr visit:www.makinghomeaffordable.gov2. Raise awarenessof foreclosure scamsWe have created a new “Toolkit onForeclosure Prevention & Scam Awarenessfor Faith-Based and CommunityOrganizations.”You can find this toolkitunder “Publications” atwww.hud.gov/offices/fbci.This documentprovides 10 tips for avoiding foreclosure,explaining how to identify a scam, andhighlights ways to promote an event andother valuable resources and websites.Youcan spread the word about this toolkit inyour community.Foreclosure rescue and mortgagemodification scams are a growing problem.Homeowners must protect themselves sothey do not lose money—or their home.Faith-based and community organizationscan play a tremendous role in raisingawareness in their congregations and localcommunities about foreclosure preventionscams.
A Partnership Guide for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Organizations [ 35 ] Scammers make promises that they cannotkeep, such as guarantees to “save” yourhome or lower your mortgage, oftentimesfor a fee. Scammers may pretend that theyhave direct contact with your mortgageservicer when they do not. For moreinformation visit:www.makinghomeaffordable.gov.HOMELESSNESS3. Partner to Provide Assistanceto the HomelessThe Obama administration is committedto ending and preventing homelessnessacross all vulnerable populations, includingfamilies, youth, children, andVeterans.For example, the American Recovery andReinvestment Act provided $1.5 billionin targeted homeless assistance throughthe Homelessness Prevention and RapidRe-Housing Program.The AffordableCare Act provides new and more effectivemodels for serving uninsured, chronicallyill individuals as well as children, youth,and adults experiencing homelessness.The United States Interagency Council onHomelessness (USICH) works across thefederal agencies to develop and implementthe federal government’s efforts to endhomelessness.There are many ways to get involved inthese efforts, including educating thepublic about homelessness, partneringwith local government leaders to renewtheir commitment to ending homelessness,and promoting volunteerism to fuel thework that needs to be done. Here are somethings you can do:• Share information on the National CallCenter for HomelessVeterans:www.va.gov/homeless• Visit the Homelessness ResourcesExchange web site for information onhomeless assistance and contacts forlocal providers: www.hudhre.info• Find and partner with nonprofitgrantees coordinating homelessservices programs across HUD,Health and Human Services, Labor,andVeterans Affairs.To find outmore about these programs visit theInterAgency Council on Homelessnessand read their “Opening Doors”report: www.usich.gov• Volunteer your time at an existinglocal homeless shelter. From servingfood to watching children to assistingwith the daily operations, suchopportunities fulfill a critical need andfoster a deeper understanding of allmembers of your community.• Open your own homeless shelter.HUD administers a variety ofhomeless assistance grant programsto help alleviate operating costs.To learn more, visit:www.hud.gov/offices/cpd/homeless.
[ 36 ] Partnerships for the Common Good• Start a food or clothing drive atyour place of worship or in yourcommunity to collect non-perishablefoods, clothing, and personal hygieneproducts and donate them to a localshelter or food bank.For more information about theseopportunities to help, visit:www.hud.gov. Under “Topic Areas,” clickon “Homelessness.”Contact the Center for Faith-Basedand Neighborhood Partnerships atthe Department of Housing and UrbanDevelopment to learn more about all ofthese opportunities for partnership at(202) 708-2404 orTalk_to_us@hud.gov.
A Partnership Guide for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Organizations [ 37 ]IMPACTING HUNGER ANDNUTRITIONAlmost one in six Americans struggle to put food on the table atsome point during the year. In 2009, over 50 million Americans,among them 17 million children, had limited access to adequatefood due to lack of money or other resources according to the U.S.Department of Agriculture (USDA).People of all faiths and people of good will sharea common concern to feed hungry people andserve those in need. Many congregations andnonprofit organizations are doing that already.USDA values the role of faith- and community-based organizations as critical partners in helpingspread the word about America’s primaryfood safety net, the Supplemental NutritionAssistance Program (SNAP), formerly known asFood Stamps.Unfortunately, only 67% of those who areeligible for SNAP participate, with somegroups like seniors, the working poor, andLatinos participating at disproportionatelylower rates. When eligible individualsdo not participate in SNAP, they loseout on nutrition assistance that couldstretch their food dollars at the grocerystore, and their communities lose outon the economic benefits providedby new SNAP dollars flowing intothe local economy. Faith-basedand neighborhood organizationscan help address the needs of themost vulnerable by doing SNAPoutreach in their congregation andcommunity.
[ 38 ] Partnerships for the Common Good 1. Provide Access to NutritiousFood for Those in NeedSNAP helps families buy the groceries theyneed to put food on the table. Sharinginformation about SNAP can help yourcongregation or nonprofit organizationensure that people in need have access tonutritious food. Use a variety of outreachideas to help your congregation orcommunity promote the benefits of SNAP,such as displaying SNAP posters and flyersin your place of worship or communityorganization.You can order these freematerials athttp://snap.ntis.gov. Be sure to includeSNAP information in bulletins, newsletters,and in religious and community radio andTV programs. USDA has ample informationin English and Spanish available to assistyou.In addition, you can provide information about SNAP during meetings and other activities. Form an outreach group and train staff and volunteers in the group withbasic information about SNAP and how toapply for this and other federal nutritionassistance programs.Take the opportunity before or afterservices or events to host an informationtable where volunteers can help eligiblecongregants apply for SNAP.Your localSNAP office can partner with you byproviding training and materials.Theymight even be able to have someoneattend and register people on the spot.Please contact us firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more.2. Feed Children When They AreOut Of SchoolOver 22 million children receive free orreduced-price lunch during the schoolyear, but only three million receive ameal through USDA programs during thesummer months. Many houses of worshipand community groups host programs forkids, but too many children still go withoutmeals when school is out. Did you knowthat you can partner with USDA to providefree, nutritious meals during these times?There are two ways your congregation orcommunity organization can help feed kidswhen they are out of school. One way is tobecome a sponsor “of a feeding site” forthe Summer Food Service Program (SFSP.SFSP reimburses approved sponsors forserving meals that meet federal nutritionalguidelines. Sponsors prepare or procuremeals and receive payments from USDA,through their state agencies, based on the
A Partnership Guide for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Organizations [ 39 ] number of meals they serve. Sites are theactual places where the meals are servedfree to eligible children.Visit www.summerfood.usda.gov foradditional information.A second way you can help is to provide anutritious meal or snack through the Childand Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) inyour afterschool program, childcare center,emergency shelter, or daycare home.Thanks to the Healthy, Hunger-Free KidsAct becoming law, participants in everystate can now serve supper to at-risk youththrough the same program.Visit www.fns.usda.gov/cnd/care to learnmore.For more information on how to get startedin applying for these programs, pleasecontact the Center for Faith-Based andNeighborhood Partnerships at USDA email@example.com or by calling(202) 720-2032.3. Plant a Community GardenHelp people access more fruits andvegetables in your neighborhood byplanting a community garden. Communitygardens beautify neighborhoods and helpbring neighbors closer together.They canreduce neighborhood crime, particularlywhen vacant lots are targeted for gardendevelopment. Community gardens are agreat addition to faith- and community-based organizations interested in beinggood stewards of the land and sharing theirharvest with congregants and neighbors inneed.They also provide safe, recreationaland learning space in urban areas withlittle or no park land and can contribute tokeeping urban air and water clean. Finally,produce can be donated to local foodpantries to provide people in need withfresh food.SNAP helps low-income individualspurchase food so they can obtain anutritious diet.The average monthlySNAP benefit per household in 2010was $290.
[ 40 ] Partnerships for the Common GoodUSDA can help you get the technicalassistance and advice you need to start asafe and productive community gardenat your house of worship or in yourcommunity.We can also help connect youwith a Master Gardener who can host aworkshop on starting a community gardenin your area.For more information on starting your owngarden, including Start-Up Guides andtechnical assistance, visit our USDA Centerwebsite www.usda.gov/partnerships.Contact the Center for Faith-Basedand Neighborhood Partnerships at theDepartment of Agriculture to learnmore about all of these opportunitiesfor partnership at (202) 720-2032 firstname.lastname@example.org.
A Partnership Guide for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Organizations [ 41 ]ADVANCING INTERNATIONALRELIEF AND DEVELOPMENTFaith-based and community organizations have been pioneersin the field when it comes to providing humanitarian assistanceand long term development on an international scale. Whethertaking teams on medical missions or advocating on behalf of childnutrition, many of you have a long history of providing life-savingsupport around the globe. There are numerous ways for you andothers in your community to continue to take part in this broadereffort to help those in need.Faith-based organizations not only express the moral values ofmillions of Americas, they also provide some of the most dependablesupport systems for millions of people in the developing world. InKenya, for example, 30 percent of all health-care services are providedby faith-based hospitals.Kendra Helmer/USAID
[ 42 ] Partnerships for the Common Good 1. EducateVisit the U.S. Agency for InternationalDevelopment at www.USAID.gov to learnmore about how the generosity of Americantaxpayers is combating poverty and diseasearound the world. On the USAID websiteyou can learn about USAID Forward,President Obama’s vision of the UnitedStates as the global leader in internationaldevelopment.You can also visit the IMPACTBlog to get up to the minute updates on ourwork and download Frontlines magazine,an informational publication you can sharewith those in your community.You can also find country-specific factsheets and updates under the Locationssection at www.USAID.gov.2. Provide Disaster ReliefBe familiar with this list of do’s and don’tswhen responding to a crisis. Followingthese simple guidelines can ensure thatyour monetary ensure contribution is mosthelpful.Monetary donations are the most effectiveway to provide immediate relief in a disastersituation. Many organizations already havethe materials, staff, and expertise neededbut face real financial limitations. Taking upa collection to give to the relief organizationof your choice is a great way to help.While monetary donations are preferred,there may be instances when commoditycontributions could be useful to a relieforganization.Don’t let contributions go to waste: Haveyou received a collection of goods to donatewhich are not appropriate for the crisis?Hold a garage sale and donate the profits, orconsider giving them to a U.S. organizationthat can use them.
A Partnership Guide for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Organizations [ 43 ]As part of the U.S. Government’s response to care for the most vulnerable,President Obama has two signature development initiatives focusing onglobal health and food security.Global Health InitiativeThe Global Health Initiative (GHI) is the next chapter in the way U.S.Government agencies conduct global health activities, building on successfulbipartisan leadership in global health and expanding their impact forsustainable results around the world. GHI helps partner countries improvehealth outcomes through strengthened health systems - with a particularfocus on improving the health of women, newborns and children throughprograms including infectious disease, nutrition, maternal and child health,family planning, safe water, sanitation and hygiene.Feed the FutureFeed the Future (FtF) is President Obama’s signature initiative on globalfood security with a pledge of $3.5 billion over five years. FtF recognizes thatfood security is not just about food, but it is also closely linked to economicsecurity, environmental security, and human security. USAID is working withpartners and stakeholders to advance action that addresses the needs ofsmall scale farmers and agri-businesses, and harnesses the power of womento drive economic growth.We will increase our investment in nutrition andagriculture development while maintaining our support for humanitarianfood assistance.Through our leadership in this initiative, we advance global stability andprosperity by improving the most basic of human conditions: the needthat families and individuals have for a reliable source of quality food andsufficient resources to purchase it.For more information on these initiatives visit:www.ghi.govwww.feedthefuture.gov
[ 44 ] Partnerships for the Common Good 3. VolunteerOne of the best resources we have to giveis ourselves. Do a quick survey of yourcongregation; you may be surprised at theskills and expertise your community has.USAID’s Volunteers for Prosperity ServiceIncentive Program helps to match highlyskilled professionals with NGOs seekingvolunteers.Volunteers for Prosperity iscommitted to continue finding innovativeways to incorporate volunteers into thedesign and implementation of developmentwork around the world. Highly-skilledAmerican professionals such as doctors,nurses, teachers, engineers, economists,computer specialists, financial sectorprofessionals, business executives andothers with specialized technical expertiseand significant practical experience areeligible volunteer candidates.Additionally, the Volunteers for ProsperityService Incentive Program providescompetitive grants to U.S. partnerorganizations to assist Americans withrelevant professional experience whowish to volunteer. These grants (rangingfrom $500 to $1000) are individual, non-renewable and are designated to offsetvolunteer travel and living expenses whileon assignment. The program provides adollar for dollar match for funds raised byvolunteers up to a $1000.For more information, visit:www.volunteersforprosperity.gov.Another way that individuals can volunteeris through the Peace Corps. For nearly50 years, Peace CorpsVolunteers havebeen dedicating 27 months to servingand partnering with communities inover 70 countries.They work withcommunities to develop and implementimprovements in education, youth andcommunity development, health, businessand information and communicationstechnology, agriculture, and theenvironment. In addition to the incrediblereward of knowing they improved the livesof community members, Peace CorpsVolunteers gain invaluable professionalskills and are eligible for student loandeferment or partial cancellation andtransition funding upon return.Contact a Peace Corps recruiter to learnabout necessary qualifications by calling(800) 424-8580.To learn more and applyonline, visit: www.peacecorps.gov.Contact the Center for Faith-Based andCommunity Initiatives at USAID with anyquestions about all of these items at(202) 712-4080 or email@example.com.
A Partnership Guide for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Organizations [ 45 ]CREATING JOBS ANDECONOMIC OPPORTUNITYWhile the economy is recovering, job loss impacts almosteveryone. Now more than ever, individuals need supportand assistance to find and sustain employment, and toenhance their skills and talents. However, many people don’tknow where to turn. Fortunately, there are many partnershipopportunities in these key areas, where you and yourorganization can be part of the solution!
[ 46 ] Partnerships for the Common Good 1. Connect those in yourorganization orcongregation to your localOne-Stop Career CenterThe Department of Labor coordinates anationwide network of approximately 3,000One-Stop Career Centers.These centersprovide job seekers a range of employmentand training services, including helpingthose who need to apply for unemploymentbenefits. Many of these Centers acrossthe country are not connected to localfaith and community-based leaders andorganizations.Your organization can play avital role in referring those in need to thesecenters and their available resources.To start, reach out to your local One-StopCareer Center.You can find your nearestCenter at www.careeronestop.org. Callthe Center to inquire about establishing areferral relationship or other partnershipwith your congregation or organization.Also, check out the Department of Labor’snewest career websiteswww.myskillsmyfuture.org andwww.mynextmove.org.You can sharethese websites with your members andcreate bookmarks to these sites on publicaccess computers in your congregation orcommunity center.The Department of Labor also directlyfunds job training programs in communitiesacross the country.Two of the largesttraining programs focus on at-riskyouth ages 16 to 24.TheYouthBuildprogram provides job training andeducational opportunities combinedwith on-the-job experience renovatingor building affordable housing in low-income communities.There are over 220YouthBuild programs in 43 states. Job Corpsis a residential-based program that helpsyoung people learn a career, earn a highschool diploma or GED, and find and retainemployment. Job Corps currently trainsmore than 100,000 students at 124 centersnationwide.To learn more or connect tothese programs in your area, contact ourCenter at firstname.lastname@example.org.The Department of Labor encouragesfaith-based and community organizationsto participate in its competitive grantprograms either as a lead applicant orpartner, depending on the program andeligibility. Find the nonprofit organizationsin your region that are DOL granteesand reach out to discuss partnershipdevelopment.You can also learn aboutopen DOL grant solicitations and reach outto organizations in your area to develop ajoint grant application.Visit www.dol.gov/cfbnp/grant.htm
A Partnership Guide for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Organizations [ 47 ] to find nonprofit grantees and open solicitations. For guidance on applying for grants, go to www.workforce3one.org/page/ grants_toolkit. 2. Create a Job ClubAcross the country, places of worship andlocal community organizations host jobclubs or unemployment ministries for theircommunity members.These clubs tendto be informal and are often organizedby an enterprising volunteer coordinator.However, they can serve as a very valuableresource for job seekers. Part peer supportgroup and part employment network, jobclubs help individuals manage the stressassociated with unemployment whilelearning strategies for their job search andconnecting with employers and other jobseekers.The Department of Labor’s Centerfor Faith-Based and NeighborhoodPartnerships is a resource for job clubs.We can provide technical support to helpyou set up a job club and we can link youto existing clubs.We can also help connectyour job club to the local public workforcesystem, employers, and workforceprofessionals who can speak at your jobclub meetings. For more informationcontact the Center at email@example.com or(202) 693-6017.We also manage a Community ofPractice website for local organizations,congregations, and community membersacross the country who host job clubs,or are interested in starting one, toshare ideas, resources and learn fromone another at: https://partnerships.workforce3one.org.3. Promote Small BusinessPrograms within YourCommunitySmall businesses are the largest jobcreators in the country.They also generatethe majority of the innovations fromcompanies within the United States. Smallbusinesses are critical to our country’seconomic development. Over the past 15years, 65% of all new private sector jobshave been created by small businesses andtoday 50% of all U.S. workers either owntheir own business or are employed by asmall business.Community and faith-based organizationsare integral to helping to sustain economicdevelopment in our country. Becauseyou have credibility and have earnedthe trust of the communities you serve,you can work with the Small BusinessAdministration (SBA) to promote programsthat encourage entrepreneurship,community development, economicgrowth and job creation.One example of how you can help in thisimportant endeavor is to build awareness!With the economy rebounding, yourcongregants, members and neighbors needto be aware of the all the opportunitiesavailable for them to participate in the
[ 48 ] Partnerships for the Common Good economic recovery. SBA has programs thatcan transform neighborhoods and changelives; but too often the people who couldtake advantage of these programs are notaware of them.One of these opportunities is SBA’s 8(a)Business Development Program.Thisnine year program assists eligible smallbusinesses owned and controlled bysocially and economically disadvantagedindividuals compete in the Americaneconomy and access the federalprocurement market. Firms approved toparticipate in the 8(a) program receive abroad scope of benefits and assistance,including one-on-one coaching; trainingworkshops; specialized managementand technical assistance; enhancedsubcontracting opportunities; and access tosole source and limited competition federalcontracts. For more information aboutcontracting with the federal governmentvisit www.sba.gov/contracting.For more information on SBA programs,and how to raise awareness about themin your local community, contact theCenter for Faith-Based and NeighborhoodPartnerships at SBA atpartnerships@SBA.gov or (202)205.6452.4. Become an Intermediary forMicro-lendingAt a time when credit for small businessesis still not always available - especially inunderserved markets - your organizationcan provide a local financing option for yourcongregants, members and neighbors bybecoming an SBA Microloan Intermediary.Having a “microlender” in a communityis important because the MicroloanIntermediary often acts as a bank forentrepreneurs and small businesses thatmight otherwise not get a loan. Dollarsthrough Microloans can be used forworking capital, machinery and equipment,furniture, fixtures, supplies and inventory.Microloans to individual borrowers arecapped at $50,000.To become an SBA Microloan Intermediary,the applicant must be a nonprofit and haveat least one year of experience makingloans of $50,000 or less to small businessesand providing technical assistance to itsborrowers. Additionally, the Intermediaryis required to contribute not less than 15%of its loan amount in matching funds.The
A Partnership Guide for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Organizations [ 49 ]match must be in cash and obtained fromnon-federal sources.Because of the risk associated with theseMicroloans, Intermediaries are requiredto provide borrowers with technicalassistance. SBA does provide grants to helpoffset the technical assistance costs.Thematch against the grant is 25% of the grantamount.For more information about SBA’sMicroloan program go to:www.sba.gov/content/microloan-program.5. Promote Good Jobs for EveryoneDepartment of Labor offices across thecountry enforce laws and regulations thatprotect workers in the areas of wagespaid, hours worked, on-the-job health andsafety, employment discrimination, andmore.These are important protectionsthat help workers keep what they earn andensure they return home safely from workevery day.Many workers are victims of labor lawviolations.They may be paid less thanthe minimum wage, not receive overtimepay, or they may be misclassified as anindependent contractor. Often times,workers are not aware of their rights or howto report violations.When workers aren’tsure where to turn, they often consult theirpastor or community leader for guidanceand help.You can work with the Center for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships atthe Department of Labor to address anyof these concerns that might arise in yourcommunity. Our public outreach campaign,“We Can Help”, provides basic informationon worker protections in the form ofwritten materials in multiple languages andpublic service announcements (PSAs).Visit www.dol.gov/wecanhelp todownload or request materials.You can also invite local staff from theDepartment’s worker protection agencies,including theWage and Hour Divisionand the Occupational Safety and HealthAdministration to your congregation tomake presentations on worker protectionsand the process for filing complaints.The Center for Faith-Based andNeighborhood Partnerships at theDepartment of Labor can help connectyou to your regional and district officesand answer any questions firstname.lastname@example.org or (202) 693-6017.
[ 50 ] Partnerships for the Common Good6. Revitalize Rural CommunitiesThe U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)Rural Development programs help createjobs and promote economic developmentin rural communities. Grants, loans, andtechnical assistance are available tosupport the growth of rural businesses andcooperatives, which creates employmentopportunities for rural residents around thecountry.Faith-based and neighborhoodorganizations play a critical role inbuilding our rural communities. Non-profit organizations, both faith-based andsecular, may be eligible to apply for severalRural Development programs, includingRural Business Enterprise Grants and RuralCommunity Development Initiative grantfunding. USDA also has resources to helpnew farmers access capital through theBeginning Farmers and Ranchers programand the Socially Disadvantaged Farmersand Ranchers program.Every state has USDA Rural Developmentoffices that can provide more informationabout these programs, as well as guidanceabout the application process. Learn moreat www.usda.gov/partnerships andwww.rurdev.usda.gov.
A Partnership Guide for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Organizations [ 51 ]SUPPORTING VETERANS�AND MILITARY FAMILIES�“For their service and sacrifice, warm words of thanks from a gratefulnation are more than warranted, but they aren’t nearly enough.We alsoowe ourVeterans the care they were promised and the benefits that theyhave earned.We have a sacred trust with those who wear the uniformof the United States of America. It’s a commitment that begins atenlistment, and it must never end. But we know that for too long, we’vefallen short of meeting that commitment.Too many wounded warriorsgo without the care that they need.Too manyVeterans don’t receivethe support that they’ve earned.Too many who once wore our nation’suniform now sleep in our nation’s streets.”–President Obama,April 9, 2009Every day, our men and women in uniform risk their lives toprovide invaluable protection and services to our countryboth domestically and around the world. As PresidentObama said, “to ourVeterans, to the fallen and to theirfamilies – there is no tribute, no commemoration, nopraise that can truly match the magnitude of your serviceand your sacrifice.”The U.S. Department ofVeterans Affairs (VA) iscommitted to ensuring that we honor the service ofourVeterans. Many of ourVeterans require assistanceaccessing the benefits and support thatVA provides.And at this time when enrollment inVA is expectedto increase by 800,000 in the next two years, it isespecially critical thatVeterans can access theassistance they deserve.
[ 52 ] Partnerships for the Common Good The First Lady and Dr. Jill Biden havelaunched the Joining Forces initiative,calling on all of us to come together tohelp support America’s military familiesandVeterans. Faith and communityleaders are on the forefront of such effortsalready, and the First and Second Ladywant to invite more to join together to helpmake a difference for military families.Joining Forces is a comprehensive nationalinitiative to mobilize all sectors of society togive our service members and their familiesthe opportunities and support they haveearned. For more information on JoiningForces and how you can become involved,please visitwww.whitehouse.gov/joiningforces.Community groups and faith-basedorganizations can provide some of themost effective support, resources andopportunities to helpVeterans and theirfamilies. You can play a critical role injoiningVA’s efforts to help those who haveserved our country.1. Start a Ministry or Programto Support our Military andVeteran FamiliesTake a close look at your current ministriesor community programs. Consider howyour program or group may assist ourmilitary women, men andVeterans, theirfamilies and survivors.This may includeprovidingVeterans with transportation toappointments or even clothing toVeteransand their family members who may havehit a rough spot. A food pantry may provideextra meals for families who may be havinga greater difficulty adjusting to life post-deployment.For more information, be sure to contactyour localVA medical center ChaplainService orVA Mental Health Department.When you contact aVA medical center youmay be connected with any or all of thefollowing:• Chaplain• Operation Enduring Freedom/Operation Iraqi Freedom ProgramCoordinator• Network Homeless Coordinator• Mental HealthWorker• WomenVeteran Program Coordinators • VAVolunteer OfficeThese key resource people will assist youin working with ourVeterans, their familiesand survivors.You and your team may also host a familynight forVeterans. Invite all theVeterans in
A Partnership Guide for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Organizations [ 53 ]your community and thank them for theirservice.This kind of gathering provides aninformal support group forVeteran families,which will come in handy as there is alwaysbe a period of adjustment for each familymember. For more information contact:www.oefoif.va.gov and click onWelcomeHome Outreach.You can refer aVeteran or his or her familymember to theVA telephone-basedprogram, Families at Ease (888) 823-7458,which operates 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., EasternTime. You also may call this resourcefor support and suggestions about howto talk to aVeteran about seeking anevaluation or treatment. A call responderwill ask the right questions about theVeteran’s situation and will readilyprovide information on how to get theVeterans enrolled inVA or other care.TheDepartment ofVeterans Affairs (VA) hasresources in place to help yourVeteran getthe treatment and support he or she needs,all in complete confidence.You can also help veterans and theirfamilies connect to their localVet Centerfor support and help.Vet Centers are awonderful resource offering free peer-counseling to combatVeterans andtheir families.To find out more aboutthe resources and benefits available toVeterans, call theVA Health BenefitsService Center at 1-877-222-VETS or visitwww.vetcenter.va.gov.If your congregation is interested in helpingVeterans get important information onhealth care and other benefits, attend aVA sponsoredWelcome Home Event heldaround the country for returning militaryservice members and their families. Formore information, contact your localVAVoluntary Service office at your localVAmedical center.
[ 54 ] Partnerships for the Common Good 2. Watch for Signs of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder(PTSD) and Mental HealthNeedsAlthough mostVeterans will readjustsmoothly, the most common mentalhealth problems faced by returning troopsare Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder andDepression. Anyone who has gone throughan event such as combat can developPost-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).ManyVeterans, who are struggling withPostTraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD),the effects ofTraumatic Brain Injury (TBI)or depression may not understand whatthey are experiencing before they seektreatment.They may also be avoiding helpthatVA offers due to a concern about thestigma of mental health treatment or be indenial about their problems.The symptoms of PTSD may appearsuddenly or may be triggered by somethingthat reminds the individual of theirtraumatic experience. Each person whohas PTSD experiences it differently, butsymptoms fall into three main clusters: 1)re-experiencing the event, either throughflashbacks, nightmares or a physiologicalreaction such as pounding heart, muscletension, sweating, etc.; 2) avoidance andemotional numbing, which can include aninability to remember the event or loss ofinterests in activities and daily life; and 3)hyperarousal: symptoms associated withincreased stimulation, such as difficultyconcentrating, falling or staying asleep, oroutbursts of anger.Veterans and their families can turn totheir localVA medical center orVet Centerfor help.Vet Centers are also a wonderfulresource offering free peer-counseling tocombatVeterans and their families.To findout more about the resources and benefitsavailable toVeterans, call theVA HealthBenefits Service Center at 1-877-222-VETS.Religious and community leaders are in animportant position to recognize the signsof PTSD in our returning veterans and helpconnect them to care and help they mightneed.Learn how to recognize signs of trauma andhow to connect returning veterans to care.Learn more at:www.mentalhealth.va.gov.3. Homeless VeteransSadly,Veterans are overrepresented amongthe nation’s homeless population. At apoint in time in 2009, approximately 12percent of all people (and 16 percent ofadults) experiencing homelessness wereidentified as aVeteran.There are manyreasons that contribute to the downwardspiral ofVeteran homelessness but oneof the main reasons is due to the effectsof PTSD and substance abuse.Thesechallenges are compounded by a lack offamily and social support networks.Faith and community-based organizationssuch as yours can help link homelessVeterans to the services they need most.This is a great opportunity for you and yourgroup to join theVA in helping homeless
A Partnership Guide for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Organizations [ 55 ]Veterans and help President Obama andSecretary Shinseki reach the goal of zerohomelessness amongVeterans in five years.As members of your organization conductoutreach to homelessVeterans in yourcommunity, you may referVeterans to theDepartment ofVeteran Affairs National CallCenter for HomelessVeterans1-877-424-3838.You may call this number on behalf of ahomelessVeteran or aVeteran at risk forhomelessness.When aVeteran family member orconcerned individual calls on behalf of aVeteran, they will speak to a trainedVAstaff member.TheVA staff member willconduct a brief screening to assess theneed and the homelessVeteran will beconnected with the Homeless Point ofContact at the nearestVA facility.For more information, visit:www.va.gov/homelessTo learn more about any of these programs,contact our Center at the Department ofVeterans Affairs atVAPartnerships@va.govor (202) 461-7689.
A Partnership Guide for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Organizations [ 57 ]ENCOURAGING VOLUNTEERISMAND SERVICEIn 2009, over five million volunteers helped faith- and community-based organizations carry out their missions and assist those intheir communities. People are volunteering now more than ever,and more Americans volunteer through faith-based organizationsthan any other kind of organization.What does this mean for you?With the passage of the Kennedy Serve America Act, theCorporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) has anexpanded mandate to work across programs to demonstrate resultsin six critical areas: education, economic opportunity, healthy futures,disaster preparation and response, environmental stewardship, andVeterans and military families.
[ 58 ] Partnerships for the Common Good No matter what your congregationor organization is working on in yourcommunity, there are many ways to getcommitted, passionate volunteers to helpyour program and achieve results.1. Apply for a NationalService member to workwith your organization tosupport your missionCNCS offers many resources to helpyou recruit volunteers for your projects,including tools to post your serviceopportunities online.To get started,be sure to review the various volunteerprograms we offer. Some programs, suchas AmeriCorps State and National, awardfinancial support through competitivegrants to community groups that sponsorservice activities, whereas others, such asVISTA (Volunteers in Service to America),allow your organization to receivevolunteers as they become available.
A Partnership Guide for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Organizations [ 59 ]Below is a brief summary of each volunteer program.AmeriCorpsState andNationalAmeriCorpsVISTAAmeriCorps NationalCivilian CommunityCorps (NCCC)Senior CorpsNationalServicemembersprovidethe humancapital thatis essentialfor sustainingnumerousnonprofitorganizations.National Servicemembers buildcapacity byputting in placesystems andtools to supportfaith-based andcommunitybased efforts toalleviate povertyand relatedissues.Young adults live andwork in teams at fiveregional campusesacross the country.NCCC teams can helpyou with short-termintense service projectssuch as youth camps,coordinating largegroups of volunteersfor events, disasterresponse, and physicalplant rehabs.Senior Corps promotesservice opportunities forolder Americans. UsingSenior Corps membershelps organizationsmeet their coremissions. Senior Corpsvolunteers help reducethe cost of service,provide invaluable skillsand experience alongwith their dedicationand concern for theircommunities.Competitiveprocess;must applyto receiveNationalServicemembers.Contact yourstate servicecommission tolearn how toapply.Work with yourCNCS stateoffice, proposea project andas openingsbecome availableyou can get aVISTA member.Contact a regionalcampus directly tolearn more aboutcollaborating withNCCC teams.Work with your CNCSstate office to findout about relevantopportunities.
[ 60 ] Partnerships for the Common Good Be sure to visit www.NationalService.govand click on resources For Organizationsand Grantees to find out which programis most appropriate for your organizationand your needs, how to apply and relevantcontact information.2. Encourage members of yourcommunity to serveMembers of all ages are eligible to applyfor a variety of AmeriCorps programs.Research each program to see which oneis most appropriate for your communitymembers to apply to, as well as whichvolunteer opportunities are available toyou. Not only can you assist those lookingfor a way to volunteer in their area ofinterest, but you can also reap the rewardsof having volunteers assist you who areoutside your service area.To post or find opportunities to serve,visit www.Serve.gov, where all volunteeropportunities are located in one place.For more information, current grantopportunities, or to find out which programis right for your organization or community,visit: www.NationalService.gov.
A Partnership Guide for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Organizations [ 61 ]APPLYING FORA FEDERAL GRANTAs this toolkit demonstrates, there are numerous ways yourorganization can partner with the federal government. In additionto diverse civic or non-financial partnerships to address communitychallenges and critical issues, there may be appropriate opportunitieswhere you may decide to pursue a competitive federal grantopportunity.You will want to evaluate the relevant grant opportunityvery closely, as well as your organization’s size, scope and currentcapacity with respect to the grant program. Applying for a federalgrant is a competitive process.TheWhite House Office of Faith-Basedand Neighborhood Partnerships and federal Centers work to make surethat organizations that receive grants from the federal government, aswell as the government officials supporting those financial partnerships,have all of the information they need to comply with relevant law andpolicy. Because of the trust that government agencies and clients placein these organizations, financial partnerships must be characterized bytheir ability to both uphold the free exercise of religion and to prevent theestablishment of religion.It is important to note that a significant percentage of federal grantdollars are also awarded by state and local government agencies. So inaddition to assessing competitive direct federal grant opportunities thatmay be appropriate to pursue based on your organization’s size, scope, andcapacity, it is also important to understand the state and local governmentgrant opportunities as well. In addition, it is important to develop non-governmental funding sources and prospects for your nonprofit as well. Aresource for understanding private and foundation funding sources is theFoundation Center, at www.foundationcenter.org. The Foundation Centeralso provides webinars and training sessions for nonprofits, especially relatedto development and grant writing.Please note that the White House Office of Faith-Based and NeighborhoodPartnerships and its federal Centers do not make grant award decisions.You must apply via the competitive process.
[ 62 ] Partnerships for the Common Good Below are some helpful hints and tips onthe grant process. Some agencies mayrefer to the process in different terms,such as a RFP (Request for Proposals), RFA(Request for Applications), or FOA (FundingOpportunity Announcement).These lettersall mean the same thing for the most part:they are announcing a grant applicationopportunity.1. Start planning before agrant opportunity has beenpublishedReview previous announcements anddetermine whether your organization’smission and vision align with the intentof the federal grant program. You canstart preliminary planning before anannouncement is made. Most federal grantawards are “on the street” for 60 days,sometimes less, and you should be readyto start writing the grant application onceit is available, versus planning who yourpartners are and how you will fulfill thegrant requirements.2. Register at Grants.govIn order to apply for a federal grant, yourorganization should complete the Grants.gov registration process.You can registeryour organization at any time. It is a goodpractice to register your organization ifyou are considering applying for federalfunding in general.Your registration doesnot need to be tied to a specific grantannouncement. Registration can takebetween three to five business days oras long as two weeks if all steps are notcompleted in a timely manner. Please go towww.grants.gov and click on “GetRegistered.”3. Partner with other agenciesand organizations in yourcommunity!If you haven’t done so already, talk toagencies in your community that wouldbe a logical fit with your organization and/or provide a service that will assist yourorganization and your intended servicerecipients. By working together, youand your partners will be able to supportand strengthen each other’s work andthe services you each provide to yourcommunity.
A Partnership Guide for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Organizations [ 63 ] 4. Be on the lookout forannouncements about pre-award conferences, webinarsor other training and technicalassistance offered to thoseinterested in applying for aspecific grantSign up for emails that the PartnershipCenter, the program office and theTrainingandTechnical Assistance provider provides,including other entities as appropriate,to find out if and when they offer thesevaluable tools. Please be aware that notevery agency and program provides thisservice for their grants.5. When your grant applicationhas been published, pleasenote the deadlineYou must ensure that your grantapplication is submitted before thedeadline or else it will not be reviewed andeligible for funding.
[ 64 ] Partnerships for the Common Good 6. When the grant applicationhas been published:1. Download a Grant ApplicationPackage.This allows you to completeit offline and route it through yourorganization for review beforesubmitting. Each grant/fundingopportunity will have its own grantapplication package so if you areapplying for more than one grant,be sure to download all appropriatepackages.a. Make sure your Adobe softwareis compatible with Grants.gov. Goto www.grants.gov/applicants/AdobeVersioningTestOnly.jsp totest your version for compliance.b. Instructions on how to open anduse the forms in the package areon the application package coversheet. Agency specific instructionsare available for download whenyou download your applicationpackage, which will includerequired information for yoursubmission.2. Complete the grant application offlineand be sure to save along the way.All required fields must be completedbefore your application package canbe submitted.3. Submit your grant application. Afteryou have entered all the necessaryinformation, checked the package forerrors and saved your package, clickthe “Save & Submit” button on thecover page.Your application packagewill automatically be uploaded towww.Grants.gov.A confirmation screen will appear oncethe submission is complete. A Grants.govtracking number will be provided at thebottom of this screen, as well as the officialdate and time of the submission. Recordthe tracking number so that you may referto it should you need to contactwww.Grants.gov for support.If you do not get a grant please do not getdiscouraged. Many organizations apply andthere is a finite amount of money available.If you do not receive your reviewercomments, please contact the person listedin the grant application package to requestthe comments. Review them and be sure totake the comments into consideration thenext time you apply for a federal grant.For additional details on how to apply fora grant go to www.Grants.gov and clickon “Apply for Grants.”
A Partnership Guide for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Organizations [ 65 ]Hints and tips to keep in mind as you writeyour grant application:• Avoid acronyms and jargon.Your grant is likely to bereviewed by peer reviewers and they may not be aware ofthe acronym in your organization or community.• Make your grant compelling and easy to read. Place allthe information in a logical order and follow the formatprescribed in the announcement.You do not want people tohave to search for the information.• Use charts and lists when appropriate.• Avoid assumptions and generalizations.The peoplereviewing your application do not know what you know sobe sure to be clear and explain as appropriate.• Follow the grant application directions. If something isasked for numerous times, provide it numerous times byreferencing the location of the item within the narrative.• Be sure to note the page limit, formatting requirements(such as font size and type, spacing, etc.) and otherrequired information and forms. Failure to include requiredinformation or follow the page limits and formattingrequirements may cause your grant to not be read in itsentirety, which means you lose points. Awarding a grant iscompetitive and you want as many points as possible.
A Partnership Guide for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Organizations [ 67 ]CAPACITY BUILDINGPresident Obama has emphasized the important role that nonprofitorganizations play in our economy and our communities.Werecognize that nonprofits, both faith-based and secular, are essentialpartners in the federal government’s efforts to serve those in need.And with an all hands on deck approach to serving our communities,it is important for the government to come alongside and strengthenthe work of organizations seeking to address community needs.Here are several resources you can use right now to support andstrengthen your nonprofit and your community.The resources andservices are available free of charge to any organization interested inassistance.You do not need to be a funding recipient of that particularagency to access these tools and services.
[ 68 ] Partnerships for the Common Good 1. Utilize Technical AssistanceUse technical assistance resourcesdeveloped by the Housing and UrbanDevelopment Center for Faith-Based andNeighborhood Partnerships or attend anupcoming workshop.Find resources and opportunities atwww.hud.gov/offices/fbci.HUD has a cadre of seasoned professionalsthat provide insight on the federal grantsprocess and provide capacity building foremerging, intermediate, and advancedgroups.Through the HUD PartnershipCenter’s Capacity BuildingWorkshopSeries, faith-based and communityorganizations work to strengthen theireffectiveness in the following areas:• Organizational Development (BoardDevelopment, 501c3 tax status, etc.)• Strategic Planning and FinancialManagement Basics• Performance Measurements andEvaluation• The Science of Finding and Applyingfor GrantsFor more information go towww.hud.gov/offices/fbci and click on“Technical Assistance for My NonProfitOrganization.”2. Connect with SAMHSA’sCapacity Building Materialsand Seminar:Join with the efforts underway at theDepartment of Health and Human Services’Substance Abuse and Mental HealthServices Administration. Link with othernonprofits both, faith-based and secular,and strengthen your community’s ability tosupport the recovery of individuals workingto overcome substance abuse by visitingwww.samhsa.gov/fbci/fbci.aspx.3. Discover Resources or Eventsthat Support Your Work in theCommunitySearch for a resource from the federalgovernment that might be of use in yourcommunity through the Resource Centerat the Corporation for National andCommunity Service atwww.nationalserviceresources.org.On that same site, search the calendar tofind webinars and events that can helpyou serve vulnerable populations in yourcommunity.
A Partnership Guide for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Organizations [ 69 ]CONTACT INFORMATION�White House Office of Faith-Basedand Neighborhood PartnershipsPhone: (202) 456-3394Email: email@example.comWebsite: www.whitehouse.gov/partnershipsAgency Centers for Faith-Basedand Neighborhood PartnershipsCenter at the U.S. Agencyfor International Development (USAID)Phone: (202) 712-4080Email: firstname.lastname@example.orgWebsite: www.usaid.gov/our_work/global_partnerships/fbciCenter at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)Phone: (202) 720-2032Email: email@example.comWebsite: www.usda.gov/partnershipsCenter at the U.S. Department of CommercePhone: (202) 482-2770Email: FBNP@doc.govWebsite: www.commerce.gov/office-secretary/center-faith-based-and-neighborhood-partnershipsCenter at the U.S. Department of EducationPhone: (202) 205-9655Email: firstname.lastname@example.orgWebsite: www.ed.gov/edpartnersCenter at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)Phone: (202) 358-3595Email: email@example.comWebsite: www.hhs.gov/partnerships
[ 70 ] Partnerships for the Common GoodCenter at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS)Phone: (202) 646-3487Email: firstname.lastname@example.orgWebsite: www.dhs.gov/fbciCenter at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)Phone: (202) 708-2404Email:Talk_to_us@hud.govWebsite: www.hud.gov/offices/fbciCenter at the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ)Phone: (202) 305-7462Email: email@example.comCenter at the U.S. Department of LaborPhone: (202) 693-6017Email: CFBNP@dol.govWebsite: www.dol.gov/cfbnpCenter at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)Phone: (202) 564-8368Email: Partnerships@epa.govWebsite: www.epa.gov/fbnpartnershipsCenter at the Small Business Administration (SBA)Phone: (202) 205-6452Email: firstname.lastname@example.orgWebsite: www.sba.gov/fbciCenter at the U.S. Department ofVeterans Affairs (VA)Phone: (202) 461-7689Email: email@example.comWebsite: www.va.gov/cfbnpartnershipsPoint of Contact at the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS)Phone: (202) 606-6743Website: www.nationalservice.gov/for_organizations/faith
A Partnership Guide for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Organizations [ 71 ]“Progress comes when we open ourhearts, when we extend our hands,when we recognize our commonhumanity. Progress comes when welook into the eyes of another and seethe face of God.That we might do so … is my ferventprayer for our nation and the world.”– President Obama,National Prayer BreakfastFebruary 4, 2010