A Year of ECN (and a look at what’s to come)

In August, Elkins Community Network quietly passed a major milestone in the fact that we celebrated a year of being an official 501c3 nonprofit. We celebrated one year of creating newsletters in June, but August 10 is what we call our official birthday.

In that time, we have surprised even ourselves sometimes in what we’ve been able to accomplish. We’ve done a monthly newsletter, engaged, empowered, or enhanced the community through 13 different events, led two different community networks (Community Leaders Network and Elkins-Area Business Network), and helped different pieces of our community make connections with each other. We are about to enter the last four months of 2022 and still have several more events planned or in the planning stages for 2023.

Our board will meet in November to plan 2023 and we are excited to share those plans as the New Year gets closer! We will be revamping how we collaborate with local organizations to allow us to have a bigger overall community impact while empowering those organizations to stand more on their own with our support. We are also working to enhance our networks, providing more opportunities for those with common needs and concerns to collaborate. Finally, we want to enhance the community’s ability to serve and be a part in making the Elkins-area community a better place to live.

That’s where you come in! There will be many volunteer opportunities throughout the community where long-time residents and newcomers alike can work together to make our community a wonderful place to live. ECN especially will have new committees and volunteer opportunities that will need community involvement. We can’t wait to share, but also hope you enjoy the last four months of 2022 and all that is yet to come!