On Thursday, February 27, 2020, key leaders from across the north Texas region gathered on the campus of Dallas Baptist University for Move DFW 2020, a strategic conversation about how they could partner together to meet the social, economic and spiritual needs of the city.
“We wanted the people to tell us where their passion is,” said Mark Alexander, Executive Director of Movement DFW and one of the organizers of the event. “The question on the table was ‘how are you going to make a change in our city, and how can we work together for greater impact?’”
The group focused on five target areas: economic, family, health and safety, spiritual and educational well-being. Mark Matlock, author and president of Wisdom Works, led the group in an interactive, facilitated discussion, while experts talked about available resources and obstacles preventing our children and youth from flourishing.
Susan Hoff, the Chief Strategy, Impact and Operations Officer of the United Way of Metropolitan Dallas, shared that almost 300,000 children across DFW are living in poverty, and that one in four children are food insecure. 130,000 workers fall below the poverty line and 47% of households have no emergency savings. Many families are just one crisis away from poverty.
“One of the most important reasons for organizations to come together is that we bring different points of view but shared value,” Hoff said. “We start with our point of agreement–the hope that North Texas would be a place for all people to flourish. But from there, the areas where we differ and the rich discussion that flows will show us how to reach our goal and drive change.”
Rebecca Walls, whose organization UNITE Greater Dallas co-hosted the event along with Movement Day, says that her hope is that the Move 2020 event will not just be another conversation but will lead to action.
“My hope today,” said Walls, “Is that we will come up with some specific tangible things that will require us to break down barriers of race, generation, and gender to positively impact our city.”
In a panel discussion with some of the younger leaders from the region, the question was asked, “So how do we create shared outcomes and begin to move in the same direction?”
“When it comes to collaboration, we need systems to support the work and the goals,” said Andy Lehmann, Local and Global Pastor at the Oaks Church in Red Oak. “And in our day and age, we have to be thinking about technology-based systems. The issues facing our communities are too complex to be solved by any one organization. We need to work together in order to succeed. So we must think about how we can harness technology for good.”
One of the platforms recommended by the group was VOMO, our radically simple engagement platform that helps organizations do good with great people. VOMO’s McKinney-based team has helped several of the groups who were present at Move 2020 mobilize people to serve with their organizations.
“We created VOMO as a neutral platform for nonprofits, churches, schools, and businesses to be able to leverage technology on their way to doing good in their community,” said Joel Peabody, Co-Founder of VOMO. “Our goal is to reach 1 billion volunteer hours on our platform in the next 10 years, and we would not be able to even attempt that goal without partnering with great organizations who are already working together.”
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