Community Conversations


What are Community Conversations?

An opportunity to connect with fellow community members to identify issues of common concern and generate ideas for how to improve the quality of life for people living and working in Harrisonburg City and Rockingham County.

Each Community Conversation is centered around this question:

“If you could change one thing that would make life better for you, your family, or our community as a whole, where would you start?”

WhY Community Conversations?

Connect with FORMAL & INFORMAL LEADERS in our local community. 
We plan is to talk with individuals and families living and working in Harrisonburg City and Rockingham County. We will form connections to expand our circles and engage in dialogue with a broad cross-section of community members.

Build and strengthen RELATIONSHIPS within and across our community.
Intentionally including the voice of the community is an essential part of working towards building a more equitable community. We look to establish and strengthen trusting relationships to build credibility with members of the community. We will look for opportunities to co-create solutions together that will benefit all community members.

Identify ISSUES of common concern that are widely and deeply felt. 
What are the current and pressing community concerns? What concerns have come to the forefront since the start of the covid pandemic? What makes life harder now than before the pandemic? What, if anything, has gotten easier?

Hear STORIES that will help to guide our work in the community. 
We value the lived experience and expertise of individuals and families living in Harrisonburg City & Rockingham County. These conversations will help United Way better understand the concerns felt by members of our community and help us make better informed decisions to guide our work today and tomorrow.  


Contact Jo Benjamin, Director of Community Impact,, 540-434-6639 x 8.