Collective impact brings people together in a structured way, to achieve social change.
Grand Island began in 2006 as a Collaborative Learning Community focusing on the development of collaborative leadership skills and community context barriers to collaborations and systems.
Between 2006 and 2014, the Hall County Community Collaborative (H3C) joined together with Juvenile Justice and Violence Prevention groups to reduce meetings and increase collaborative opportunities. This move embedded the Collective Impact philosophy into the work of the H3C. The H3C incorporated as a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) in 2014 to create a structure that would lead to sustainability.
The H3C does not provide direct programming but is a broad-based collaboration comprised of a wide cross-section of community and county agencies, organizations, business, public entities, and individuals working together to improve the continuum of services for children/youth and families. The H3C provides opportunities for local agencies, representatives, and individuals to meet together to learn leadership skills, support System of Care development serving children and families, develop and sustain supportive services, build personal and professional relationships, create partnerships, network, and collect/report local data. In addition to membership meetings, the collaborative also has 4 subcommittees: 11-24, Behavioral Health, Birth-11, and Community Response.