Community-based organizations interact with members of the
community on a daily basis and are often located in
neighborhoods. They have unique and important insight into the
challenges and opportunities facing residents in their area.
Staff at these organizations are often from the ethnic and
cultural populations of the residents and understand the
language, cultural and ethnic approaches that work best in
building trust and engaging the residents in any endeavor.
Why work with community-based organizations? As resources for
local agencies dwindle and the demand for services grows, public
entities will out of necessity turn to other sources in the
community to fill in gaps or provide for unique needs.