Helping Lakewood, CO Take Partnerships to the Next Level

LAKEWOOD, CO - APRIL 15: Reg Cox, the senior minister for Lakewood Church of Christ, talks with Tony Sandoval, 7, about his clay project at Foothills Elementary School on April 15, 2014, in Lakewood, Colorado. Cox helps organize the Whiz Kids after-school project at the school and brings volunteers from his church and the surrounding neighborhood to tutor disadvantaged students. Cox says of the program, "The attention tutors give kids is dramatic; it could be the key to (the student's) academic transformation." (Photo by Anya Semenoff/The Denver Post)

LAKEWOOD, CO - APRIL 15: Reg Cox, the senior minister for Lakewood Church of Christ, talks with Tony Sandoval, 7, about his clay project at Foothills Elementary School on April 15, 2014, in Lakewood, Colorado. Cox helps organize the Whiz Kids after-school project at the school and brings volunteers from his church and the surrounding neighborhood to tutor disadvantaged students. Cox says of the program, "The attention tutors give kids is dramatic; it could be the key to (the student's) academic transformation." (Photo by Anya Semenoff/The Denver Post)

Helping Lakewood, CO Take Partnership to the Next Level

The platform undergirding the Lakewood Faith Coalition (a partnership of over 70 faith communities in Lakewood who partner together to serve the city) is a nonprofit, Lakewood Connects. Lakewood Connects seeks funding from Lakewood organizations and individuals, and the All-America City Award speaks the language of community health and success to business leaders.  Each story in Lakewood’s 2016 All-America City Award presentation featured faith communities partnering with schools and underserved neighborhoods. The national recognition connected to the All-America City Award makes all of this collaboration and service make dollars and sense to our business leaders who, in turn, fund organizations like Lakewood Connects, which in turn, lead partnership efforts. The All-America City Award was the legitimacy boost we needed to take partnership to the next level in Lakewood!

- Reg Cox

City Connector/Lakewood Connects

Lakewoodconnects.org

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