2-Year Project Yields ‘Community Resource Guide to Spring Green’

Printed and electronic copies of a valuable new “Community Resource Guide to Spring Green” are available for public use at several locations, with plans to further distribute and study the information gathered during the two-year project.

The 63-page directory gives detailed information about 60 volunteer groups and associations in the Spring Green area. Included are group activities, contact information, membership facts and meeting times and locations.

“It is provided for those who are new to Spring Green and want to know how to meet people and get involved,” according to a brief introduction. “It’s also for current residents and school groups to know what others are doing and find opportunities to collaborate and cooperate. Realtors might find it helpful, too.”

The directory indicates great variety among the 60 groups ranging from the arts, civic activities, charitable activities, education, sports, senior citizens and youths.

Hard copies of the directory are available at the Spring Green Village Hall, Spring Green Community Library, Home News office, and Plain and Lone Rock libraries. Electronic copies are posted on Village of Spring Green (vi.springgreen.wi.gov/) and Spring Green Community Library (springgreenlibrary.org/) websites. Future postings are expected on the Town of Spring Green website.

The directory was compiled during the winter of 2011-12 by a community resource advisory committee as part of a study by the Asset-Based Community Development Institute at Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill. Primary researcher for the project was Linda Donnelly, Spring Green, with John McKnight, co-director of the institute, working in consultation. Advisory committee members were River Valley residents Don Greenwood, Douglas Larson-Sell and David Giffey.

“Local associations are the backbone of a strong communities,” said McKnight. “They provide educational, charitable, economic, civic, social and spiritual benefits. While they are often unnoticed, they are vital to the community’s well-being.”

Donnelly conducted interviews over an eight-month period beginning in October 2011. Regarding the community project she said: “As an interviewer, I learned so much about the broad range of activities people are motivated to initiate and contribute. There’s a lot going on in Spring Green.”

A study based on directory information is being conducted and will be released in the spring of 2013. For more information about the study or the Community Resource Guide, use the email address jlmabcd@aol.com to contact McKnight.

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