Community Conversations

Community Conversations logo. A circular design, incorporating stylized human figures in green shades.

Community Conversations are Community Partner peer-led discussions on a selected topic. Each Community Conversation will focus on a different topic ranging from administrative skill workshops to issue-area focus group discussions. 

Community Conversations will be held the last Wednesday of every other month from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. in Lee's Garage.

Community Conversations Resource Links:

  • GuideStar - An up-to-date registration on GuideStar is vital for your Non-Profit.  GuideStar helps potential investors and sponsors know that your organization is a legitimate Non-Profit and how your organization is operated.  Many companies that offer Non-Profit discounts require an up-to-date listing on GuideStar.
  • Tech Soup - TechSoup supports nonprofits, charities, and libraries by providing access to donations and discounts on software, hardware, and services from major brands.
  • WordPress with Kadence Blocks, presented by Maggie Ardito of St. John's River to Sea Loop Alliance - WordPress is a free website builder. The addition of Kadence Blocks helps simplify the WordPress experience. Kadence Blocks pricing ranges from $0 to $219 annually depending on subscription level.
  • Get Connected/Galaxy Digital, presented by Jessica Heck of United Way - Get Connected is a volunteer management and sourcing platform provided by United Way to area service organizations at no charge.
  • Give Butter, presented by Heather McLean of Volusia Pride - Give Butter is a fundraising platform that allows you to set up multiple types of fundraising campaigns including recurring monthly/quarterly/annual donations, auctions, and event ticketing. Give Butter does not charge a commission for donations received, however, standard credit card processing charges do apply with options to pass those fees along, in whole or part, to the consumer.
  • Trello, presented by Ann-Marie Willacker - Trello is "digital post-it notes" or more technically, a collaborative project and task management application that syncs in real-time across devices and team members. A Trello tutorial document is attached and you can reach out to me directly if you have any specific questions. Pricing ranges from $0 to $17.50 per month depending on subscription level and Trello offers a 75% discount to non-profits.
  • Volusia County Library has several resources available to Non-Profits through their website with a Volusia County Library card including LinkedIn Learning, access to Foundation Center Online, and Gale’s Demographics Now. Visit their website or give the library a call for more information on how to access these resources.
  • Linktree - Linktree allows you to create a landing page that puts links to all your different profiles or websites in one place.
  • Community Box - Community Box is a directory platform. It allows you to create searchable directories with tags that can be embedded into your website. This is the platform that the Volusia Resource Directory uses. Non-Profit pricing is $159 annually.
  • Canva - Canva is an online graphic design app for creating social media graphics and presentations. Canva has a free version for personal use but also offers non-profits free access to its Pro version.
  • SignUpGenius - SignUpGenius lets you create custom online sign-up forms in minutes.  
  • Zip Books - ZipBooks is free accounting software that sends invoices, tracks time and expenses, integrates with your bank & lets you process credit cards.

Community Conversations Handout Downloads:

We know the struggle is real when trying to schedule important events that don’t conflict with other important events.

During our March Community Conversation, we compiled various community calendars to help identify any conflicts or scheduling challenges for the remainder of 2024 and first quarter of 2025. View the Google calendar below which will continue to be managed by the Center for Community Engagement and Visit West Volusia.  If you see any events that are missing from the calendar please email us at [email protected]

Community Event Google Calendar 

You may subscribe to the Google Calendar if you wish.  By subscribing, the calendar will be available using your Google Calendar App.  If you are not a regular Google Calendar user, the link above will allow you to view the calendar online whenever you wish.  If you need directions on how to subscribe, you can find information on how to do that at the link below. 

Google Calendar Subscription Instructions