We’re a unique kind of organization. VAN’s sole mission is to promote collaboration. Borne out of a community-wide visioning process, we firmly believe that we’re better together. Our goal is to inspire conversation and encourage action, whether convening a large coalition to address poverty or a small group of community leaders focused on equity.
To do that, we:
- Gather appropriate stakeholders around an issue
- Help design and organize the collaborative process
- Create access to people, resources, and organizations
- Facilitate dialogue and brainstorming
- Initiate and accelerate collaboration
“I appreciated being part a larger whole. It helps to identify that many people are doing this work, not just our small organization.”
VAN event participant
VAN engages in stakeholder conversations, conducts research, and gathers data to identify and assess critical issues in Washington County.
If what we hear presents an opportunity to collaborate, VAN engages stakeholders in a deeper analysis of select priority issues to understand the problems, agree upon desired outcomes, and consider potential strategies to achieve them.
Once a collective vision comes into focus, VAN helps stakeholders act on their strategies to produce desired outcomes and effect positive systemic change in the community.
Mission and Vision
Our mission is to engage stakeholders across sectors to collaboratively address critical issues in Washington County. Our vision is a Washington County where all people have the opportunity to enjoy a rich and meaningful life.
actively seeking to engage stakeholders that reflect the diversity of our community.
striving to apply an equity lens to our work to eliminate disparities across the community.