The 6 C's of Community Engagement (Part 1)

Discover how CommuniBee can help you build upon these core aspects of community engagement

We all know that community engagement is a foundational requirement for a healthy, thriving, successful society— but how do we know when our efforts are working?

It’s a question many community leaders, municipal governments, and other organizations ask themselves frequently.

There are an endless number of ways to engage your community, but if you aren’t touching on the essential elements that contribute to a strong sense of belonging, your strategy will likely lose its luster over time.

Thankfully, by focusing on the six C’s of community engagement, local leaders can better gauge whether or not they are generating results, and identify gaps in their engagement strategy more quickly.

All of the six C’s are critical, and the strongest communities are those who put a plan into action, ensuring each category is being tended to.

In today’s blog post, we’ll be covering the first three C’s, with the remaining three to come in our next post! 

So, let’s take a deeper look at these criteria, while simultaneously learning more about how a mobile community app like CommuniBee can help you achieve the outcome you’re looking for.

Here are the First Three C's of Community Engagement:

1. Capability

In order to build a strong community, your members must be capable of engaging in constructive, open, healthy dialogue. Otherwise, it becomes impossible to resolve issues or move forward with a shared vision. 

How CommuniBee Can Help:

A mobile community app can make communicating with your fellow residents much more convenient. It eliminates the need to wait until a town meeting or physical interaction in order for thoughts and opinions to be expressed. 

The CommuniBee app allows users to log in at any time, from anywhere they have cell service, and receive updates regarding the happenings in their community. And with the help of push notifications, members of the community are alerted of all the latest information even if they aren’t logged into their app— reducing the likelihood of miscommunication or knowledge gaps.

 

2. Commitment

In regards to community engagement, a commitment is formed when community members come together to support one another beyond their self interests. Commitment creates a bond between citizens, motivating them to create a better environment for all.

How CommuniBee Can Help:

Before you can encourage your community members to commit to building a stronger network, they must first be aware of the importance of community involvement, and feel inspired to take part.

Using a mobile community app like CommuniBee is a great way to keep your members informed about upcoming community events, and to communicate how much you would value their participation.

The more welcomed and informed your community members are, the more compelled they will feel and the more invested they will be in their community’s success.

3. Contribution

Contribution refers to the willingness of your citizens to volunteer and give back to their community.

How CommuniBee Can Help:

At CommuniBee, we believe that keeping your community members in-the-loop about opportunities to contribute is the first step to securing more involvement. 

That’s why we make it easier for community leaders to manage their events and activities with features like a built-in RSVP system, and convenient dashboard that allows you to manage attendance.

Additionally, the real-time news section of the app makes it a breeze to post volunteer opportunities or event updates, giving your members the details they need, when they need them.

We also send automatic reminders to anyone who has RSVP’d to an event or activity, which can be delivered via push notifications.

Stop waiting for your community members to check out your physical bulletin board, or dealing with the frustration of emails or mail-outs that go unread.

A mobile community app is a cost-friendly solution that ensures your messages are received quickly, in a way that works for today’s tech-savvy society.

We’ll be covering the remaining three C’s of community engagement in our next post!

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