Many Ways to Get Involved. There are many projects currently underway in all four focus areas of the Sisters Country Vision, and lead partners are eager to connect with volunteers who can support their efforts. If you’re inspired to help move the vision forward:
- Read through the Vision Progress Update to identify the projects or focus areas you’re most interested in. Then Contact Us to let us know you’d like to plug in!
- Continue to watch this space for new volunteer opportunities and highlights of current projects. Also check The Nugget for articles and updates.
Upcoming Events. Check out the vision-related events below, from our community partners. All these awsome events tie in to actions listed in the Vision Action Plan.
- Age-Friendly Oregon Summit: Monday, December 9 9:30am-6pm at the Asian Health & Service Center, Portland Oregon. Find more info, including how to register HERE.
Explore and discover innovations and promising practices in housing, transportation, health, inter-generational connections and other critical age-friendly domains. Connect with other thought leaders who are driving community change.
- Come find your inner rock star with Citizens for Community (C4C) on November 22, 2019, 7:30-9:30pm at The Belfry. No RSVP needed.
You’ll revel in the camaraderie at Sisters’ own rendition of Portland’s acclaimed Low Bar Chorale. Come learn and sing a bunch of rock and pop favorites in community. Non-singers of all ages are eagerly welcomed!
- NEW! Sisters Country Executives and Entrepreneurs Network (SCEEN) meets monthly on the First Tuesday. Contact EDCO-Sisters for more info!
Past Community Engagement. Between March and November 2018, more than 2,000 community members were involved in developing the Sisters Country Vision through a variety of activities:
- During the first four months of the Sisters Country Vision visioning process, we involved the community in answering key questions about our future.
- Between community interviews, an online community survey, community meetings and other presentations, we received hundreds of submissions from Sisters Country residents and several thousand specific data points for our input database. See the Community Interviews Report and Community Input Report for detailed summaries on what we heard.
- In the summertime we conducted Community Forums attended by approximately 140 people on the four vision focus areas: Connected Sisters, Prosperous Sisters, Livable Sisters, and Resilient Sisters. These events resulted in a list of 54 potential strategies for the future.
- Following a second online survey in late summer, the project analyzed, summarized and condensed all community input into a draft vision statement and 20 top priority strategies.
- Finally, in the fall, a 31-member Vision Action Team developed a series of actions and related information to help implement the public’s top priority strategies. The results were previewed to Sisters City Council on November 28 and brought back in final draft form on January 9, 2019. The final plan will be adopted by Council on February 13, 2019.
- In Summer 2019, the City of Sisters supported the formation of a Vision Implementation Team (VIT) to move our community’s Vision Action Plan forward. The VIT is comprised of representatives from organizations listed as a lead partner on 3 or more action items in the Vision Action Plan, plus one youth and one community at-large member.
“Tell me, I forget. Show me, I remember. Involve me, I understand.”
~ Chinese proverb