Community Building in the Seven Counties: Compassionate Capital Region

On July 25, 2017 the Sacramento City Council passed a resolution drafted and presented by Compassionate Capital Region for Sacramento to be recognized internationally as Compassionate Sacramento — an aspirational title to help align policy with community needs. Through this resolution, Sacramento joined the Charter for Compassion as a participant in the International Compassionate Cities Initiative which supports governments and citizens in planning and realizing initiatives that foster compassionate action in areas such as community building, city-wide innovation, social entrepreneurship, sustainability, community & civic engagement and governance. On November 1, 2018 we received the commemorative version.

Compassionate Capital Region (CCR) is a resource for building caring communities at the grassroots level in collaboration with city and county government in the seven counties of Sacramento, Yolo, Sutter, Placer, El Dorado, Yuba and Nevada.

CHILL Sacramento/Transform Communities participants can work with CCR as a Compassion Ambassador who works with neighborhood associations on creating positive change. They may also help train volunteers, become a speaker in the community, or present the compassionate cities initiative to city councils around the region.

Sample list of programs hosted by or co-sponsored by the Compassionate Capitol region include:

  • Annual United Nations Day Dinner
  • California Vision 2020 Conference
  • Annual United Nations Association Sacramento Chapter Multicultural Potluck
  • Compassion In Action neighborhood events
  • Annual United Nations International Day of Peace on September 21

Meet the Sacramento District Compassion Ambassadors

The Ambassadors who work with Sacramento’s eight City Council Districts bring years of experience, wisdom and expertise. They work with the Council members and the district neighborhoods to raise the awareness of successful projects and help support struggling ones. They look for new ways to strengthen communication and collaboration between the council office and the district neighborhoods. Each Ambassador builds a district team with residents who love their community and want to share their voice, time and talent. To see photos and bios for the eight Compassion Ambassadors.

What is a Compassion Ambassador?

This program, currently under development, trains residents to observe and identify opportunities to enhance a neighborhood, and then develop strategies and plans to take action on those opportunities. This may include activating or developing empty lots, marshaling businesses or neighbors to work collectively toward goal, or bringing in expertise to educate or train community members in advocacy. An ambassador can serve their own community or serve a different part of the Sacramento region.

Who can become a Compassion Ambassador?

Compassion Ambassadors are residents who wish to be trained in this specific role. Those certified through Chill’s Community in Practice program and/or who have experience in strategic planning, facilitation, politics, community development or social entrepreneurship would be ideally qualified. Compassion Ambassadors have cultivated a social mission heart and a determination to help people align and move forward around common goals for social good. If you don’t have specific training in the disciplines mentioned above, yet you are self-taught or mentored and have years of experience in consensus building and facilitation, please consider yourself qualified to apply.

Visit the CCR website

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