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Wallingford Forum

Wallingford Forum

Back in 2007, a new nonprofit in Wallingford asked for our help in convening stakeholders there to talk about poverty. When we walked into the room, more than 30 representatives from the nonprofit, government, and faith communities were gathered, including Mayor Dickinson. We had a rich conversation about the situation of low-income Wallingford residents and uncovered the need to hire a part-time case manager for the Wallingford Emergency Shelter. We reached out to three other funders, and a few months later we celebrated the hire of the case manager. Even more important, the conversation that started back in 2007 has continued to this day: the Wallingford Forum meets every other month to explore community needs, resources, and solutions. As one participant said, “Before this group started, I didn’t even know who many of these people were. Now I know that you’re a funder, you work for a nonprofit, you’re with the school system—I know who you are, what you do, and where I can reach you if I need to.”

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