At the 24th Annual Toast to Our Towns Gala in September we shared some exciting news about our new community initiative. Last month, the Truman Heartland Board voted to launch our Job Skills Training initiative and create a collaborative partnership with four organizations working in this arena: Community Services League Mid-Continent Public Library University of Central Missouri Herndon Career Center Our common goal is to provide job skills training to low-income working adults in the community. We believe that these organizations bring unique assets to the table and by working together, we can successfully equip families to work their way out of poverty. Since 2012, our community initiative focus has been our work with our Community for All Ages Coalition . We have done a great deal of this work in partnership with the Mid-America Regional Council (MARC), United Way, local nonprofit volunteer managers and KCATA, to name a few. And in June 2018 we received a Regional Leadership Award from MARC for our work with the Community for All Ages Coalition. We are very proud of the progress the Coalition has made in the last eight years. Together, we’ve developed new resources and explored strategies for identifying and tackling the needs of our community. Stay tuned for updates as we wrap up the Community for All Ages initiative and move forward with our new Job Skills Training initiative.