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As 2016 comes to a close, we’d like to review the resources that are available for professionals working with military communities.

Why community capacity building is important: 

It is important to remember that today’s military service members and their families live, work and play in local communities throughout the country. They attend civilian schools and houses of worship, shop at local businesses and use local community services. Those community services play a key role in supporting service members and their families. By working together, military service providers and their civilian counterparts can build a community’s capacity to support service members and their families, and help them feel welcome and connected.



Community Capacity Building training offers ways for military service providers and service providers in the local community to work in partnership, pooling resources to support military families and accomplish their program goals. The training is offered in a two-part series, which includes the following:

• Community Capacity Building – Fundamental provides an overview of community capacity building and offers ways organizations can support service members and families. The program takes service providers through a four-step process to create an effective plan.

• Community Capacity Building – Advanced provides more in-depth training on the various elements of community capacity building. Topics include assessing and discussing community needs, engaging military leaders and monitoring a plan’s progress.

Access the training here!



The following webinars were created and hosted by the Military Family Learning Network (Community Capacity Building) in 2016.

Making the Extension-Military Connection – an interactive discussion between between  cooperative extension and military family readiness practitioners.

Creating Value for Military Families: Extension-Military Connection – an in-depth case of collaboration between cooperative extension and family readiness practitioners. Best practices will be described from the standpoint of practitioners, and tools and techniques will be reviewed.

Building Blocks of Military Family Readiness – discussing the building blocks of the Family Readiness System (FRS) and the Beyond The Yellow Ribbon (BTYR) program/model and how they contribute to the overall readiness of the military family and community capacity building efforts.

For access to all OneOp webinars, click here!


Publications and other resources:

Publications, reports and powerpoint presentations can be accessed here, of particular note are the Resource Manual for Community Capacity Building by Mancini and Bowen – which was recently updated, as well as the 2016 report The Importance of Community and Relationship Provisions by O’Neal, Mancini a& DeGraff.


What is in store for 2017?

More coverage of the pilot program Building Healthy Military Communities as it unfolds in seven states across the U.S., strengthening the connection between land grant university resources and military communities!

A national campaign to promote a strong effort for community capacity building, more on this in January.