AboutThe Community Blueprint Network (CBN) is a set of promising practices that address the following eight critical issue areas affecting service members, veterans, and their families: behavioral health, education, employment, family strength, financial-legal services, housing and homelessness, reintegration, and volunteering leading to community change.
This initiative, administered by Points of Light was developed by a committed and expert group of over 55 veteran and military-serving organizations, the CBN drives collaboration, innovation, best practice sharing and more effective delivery of services among organizations that serve military personnel and their families.
Are you a community leader and want to get involved? Follow these steps!
Step 1. Implement One or More Promising Practices
Step 2. Learn From and Share with Others
The Community Blueprint Network (CBN) is led by Points of Light Institute and is guided by an Advisory Council made up of national experts. These individuals serve as volunteer council members and meet bi-monthly to provides guidance on the overall strategy as well as the development of tools and resources that are being deployed and implemented across communities.
Community Blueprint Network Advisory Council
Barbara Van Dahlen - Give an Hour
Bonnie Carroll - Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS)
Chris Marvin - ServiceNation: Mission Serve
Col David Sutherland - Former Special Assistant to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff
Geoff Deutsch - Armed Forces Services Corporation
Jim Knotts - Operation Homefront
Joyce Raezer - National Military Families Association (NMFA)
Kate Sylvester - America's Promise Alliance
Mark Smith - Blue Star Families
Mary Keller - Military Child Education Coalition (MCEC)
Norb Ryan - Military Officers Association of America (MOAA)
Robert Reeg - American Legion Auxiliary
Robert Verhey - Veterans Innovation Center
Ross Cohen - U.S. Chamber of Commerce
Sherri Brown - American Red Cross
Spencer Kympton - The Mission Continues
The Community Blueprint tool (which is being rolled out in phases) is being developed and implemented by our wonderful and talented VISTA members. We thank them for their service!
Implement One or More Promising Practices
For communities who want to enhance their support of veterans, service members and their families, this material provides a list of practices identified by experts in the field as important activities that communities should implement. These tools were developed through the generous contributions of over 55 experts from the nonprofit, business and government sectors. Before you dig in learn more about the Community Blueprint Network Tools.
- Create a Community Action Team: To increase community collaboration and coordination of services. This manual serves as a guide for groups to navigate and move through the various phases of the community action planning and activation process.
- Annual Anti-Stigma Campaign: Encourage veterans and their families to defy stigmas and seek help.
- Provider Training: Train local health providers on special issues on PTSD/TBI and other veteran issues and resources.
- First Responder Training - Train police, fire rescue, school personnel, and ERs about issues and resources that affect members of the military community.
- Ease of Access to Care - Make it easy for veterans, service members and their families to access mental health care.
- Community Action Team - Learn how to form a Behavioral Health Community Action Team.
- School Transfers - Adopt systems to ensure easy acceptance of transcripts and credits of a relocating military child.
- School Training - (Coming Soon) Train schools to identify military children and inform them on the issues and resources. Until this document is live, check out the Ready, Set, Go Training
- Community Resources - (Coming Soon) Implement programs that welcome and support military children.
- Annual Media Campaign - Celebrate the contributions and sacrifices of the military child.
- Guide to Impact Aid - Learn about Impact Aid, a Department of Education program that compensates schools with significant military child attendance.
- Community Action Team - Learn how to form a K-12 Education Community Action Team.
- Career Counselor Training - Train counselors about special military issues and resources.
- Mentoring - Offer mentors to student Veteran, service members and their families.
- Scholarships- Offer special financial programs for student Veterans, service members and their families.
- Campus Welcome and Reintegration - Develop and implement strategies to identify and support military-connected students and families.
- Job Fairs - Implement job fairs focused on Veterans, Reservists, National Guardsmen, and their spouses.
- Training: Reverse Boot Camps - Create a bootcamp designed to: introduce veterans and separating service members to the types of jobs available in their community; manage their expectations regarding office culture, career advancement and other issues; and to aid in the translation of military experience into civilian terms.
- Employer Practices - Employers adopt military-friendly practices.
- Annual Media Campaign - Outreach to raise awareness to the benefits of hiring a veteran.
- Community Action Team - Learn how to form an Employment Community Action Team.
- Social Service Outreach - Formal military outreach efforts by local non profits
- Child Care - Provide child care and respite for families during deployment and recovery from wounds.
- Annual Media Campaign -Thank families for their service and highlighting local and government services.
- Community Action Team - Learn how to form a Family Strength Community Action Team.
- Financial and Legal Training - Educate the community about common financial/legal issues and available resources.
- Veterans Court - Steps to utilize special court systems that are sensitive to military issues.
- Community Action Team - Learn how to form a financial and legal Community Action Team.
- Homelessness Training - Provide shelters, veteran service organizations, nonprofits, and community members with the knowledge required to effectively combat veteran homelessness.
- Supportive Housing Awareness - Raising awareness of veteran homelessness to current supportive housing opportunities in your community; raising awareness of the importance of supportive housing as a solution to homelessness to housing developers and funders
- Welcome Program - Outreach to Veterans, service members and their families entering into the community.
- Mentoring Program - Provide a mentoring programs for Veterans moving into the community.
- Annual Media Campaign -Thanking local veterans for their service and highlighting resources.
- Coordination with Yellow Ribbon Program - A DoD Program for Supporting Reserve and National Guard Families
- Community Action Team - Learn how to form a Reintegration Community Action Team.
- Effectively Engage Volunteers to Serve With and For the Military Community
- Implement a Service Fair
- Community Action Team - Learn how to form a Volunteerism Community Action Team.
We encourage anyone and everyone who wishes to serve with the military community to connect to the Community Blueprint Network (CBN). The CBN is premised on collective action. We believe that we are better together. We also believe that part of making a commitment to better the lives of service members, veterans and their families is making sure that we are sharing our "bright spots" and our missteps with others doing this work so that we not only have an impact in our own backyard but rather that we have an impact in this entire great nation.
- Learn more about becoming part of the Community Blueprint Network.
- Express Interest in Starting a Community Blueprint Site
- Huntsville, AL - Still Serving Veterans
- San Diego, CA - National Veterans Transition Services, Inc.
- State of Delaware - POL - Delaware Health and Social Services, Division of State Service Centers, State Office of Volunteerism
- Miami, FL - American Red Cross
- Jacksonville, FL - Points of Light/HandsOn Jacksonville
- Valdosta, GA – Military Officers Association of America
- Macon, GA - Points of Light/Volunteer Macon
- Fort Wayne, Indiana - Points of Light/ RSVP of Allen County, Inc.
- Southern Nevada, POL-United Way of Southern Nevada
- Fayetteville, NC - Give an Hour
- Dallas, TX - Allies in Service
- Tyler, TX - Military Officers Association of America
- Huntsville, TX - Military Officers Association of America
- Hampton Roads, VA - Give an Hour
- Williamsburg, VA - Veterans Innovation Center
- Farfax, VA - Points of Light/Volunteer Fairfax
- Seattle Washington - Points of Light/United Way King County
Welcome to the Community Blueprint Network (CBN)! Points of Light Institute and our many CBN partner organizations have developed a set of online support tools to help communities who are implementing the Blueprint.
ACTION PLANNING TOOLS
This tool will assist leaders in assessing the military community’s needs, selecting impact areas, selecting and implementing promising practices, and measuring the impact to the community.
You may also want to check out the Community Guide to Develop an Inter-Service Family Assistance Committee.
FUND DEVELOPMENT, MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS
Tools in these sections provide strategies and templates for raising contributions to support CBN activities, and to increase public awareness of the military community in your area, and the CBN-related activities underway to support them.
Tools in this section provide informative additional information on the military community and the eight impact areas.
- National Resource Directory
- Warrior Gateway
- Military Family Member Profile
- Service Member Profile
- Veteran Profile
- Nine Tips for Honoring Veteran Employees
- 12 Easy Ways to Support Military Families
Research and Whitepapers
- War and Sacrifice in the Post-9/11 Era The Military-Civilian Gap by Pew Social Trends Staff
- Promoting Psychological Resilience in the U.S. Military by Lisa S. Meredith, Cathy D. Sherbourne, Sarah J. Gaillot, Lydia Hansell, Hans V. Ritschard, Andrew M. Parker, Glenda Wrenn
- Sea of Goodwill ~ by Major John W. Copeland and Colonel David W. Sutherland, Office of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Warrior and Family Support
- Channeling the “Sea of Goodwill” to Sustain the “Groundswell of Support”~ by Captain Chris Manglicmot and Major Ed Kennedy and Colonel David W. Sutherland Office of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Warrior and Family Support
Monthly Community Blueprint Calls
Community Blueprint calls are held the third Thursday of the month from 2 - 3:00pm ET.
Call – In Information: 1-800-832-0736 *9792933#
These meetings are a time for communities implementing the Blueprint to share and learn from each other. We will talk about lessons learned, successes, and challenges. Points of Light is excited to document these lessons learned so that they can be shared with future Community Blueprint sites.
Last Updated: Wed, 2012-05-30 13:11
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