The Westside is buzzing right now. New partnerships are forming between disparate (albeit common-minded) organizations from the Food Bank to Harding Elementary School… and this is exactly what we want to see.
One of the pitfalls of working in nonprofits and starting new community programs and initiatives is the temptation to compete, whether it be for funds, volunteers, or community resources. We all believe strongly in our individual missions, so it’s understandable why competition creeps into our otherwise well-intentioned work.
But our goal with the Westside Church Collaborative is to fight this urge and to build bridges where there were previously only silos. It’s a hard line to walk, and we haven’t done it perfectly, but we’re hopeful and prayerful for the growth of meaningful collaboration on the Westside. While it’s always easier to work alone, we at Uffizi firmly believe that we are stronger together.
We’re about to pilot a reading program at Harding School right at the same time that a broader Westside health coalition is forming around the same school, and I couldn’t be more excited. Different partners developing different assets using their different strengths and resources… Lordwilling, their work will grow so that we can increasingly be the “many parts, but one body” (1 Corinthians 12:20) devoted to the mission of the holistic gospel.
So join us in praying for all those seeking shalom on the Westside. And pray that the bonds between us will grow, rather than weaken, as we work alongside one another.
Want to join the buzzing Westside movement? Come join us as a reader! We’re looking for 4 volunteers to read for an hour/week at Harding this semester. Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you’re interested.