Families are a community’s backbone


By Kate Jackman-Atkinson

Neepawa Banner & Press

Community starts with family and this month, the Beautiful Plains Community Foundation (BPCF) is asking area families what the community means to them. This is one of 12 challenges the Foundation has been undertaking this year to better understand the needs, priorities and motivations of the community it serves.

The goal of this challenge is to generate conversations within families about the strengths and weaknesses within the foundation’s coverage area, which includes the Town of Neepawa, Rural Municipalities of Rosedale, Glenella-Lansdowne and the Langford portion of North Cypress-Langford.  Not only will it help families think about their community, it can also generate great new ideas, both big and small.

Two questions will be posted on the BPCF’s Facebook page (fb.me/BeautifulPlainCF)  and area residents are encouraged to discuss, and post their responses. The hope is that it will generate community-wide discussion about their favourite part of the community and what would make it even better.

The BPCF is an endowment fund, which pools and invests donations.  Each year, grants are given out to local organizations from the interest earned on those investments.  Better understanding what types of existing and new projects are of value to the community can help the Foundation’s grants committee as they allocate funds to various projects.

For those without Facebook or who want to start the discussion right away, they can contact the Foundation office at 204-476-2681.