Coalfield Council Day, Friday April 24 – A Virtual Experience

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, our Council Day on Friday, April 24 looked a little bit different than it normally does! This month, we gathered virtually via Zoom to check in and touch base. We had over 49 participants on the call – special thanks to our Director of Personal and Academic Development Kelli Crabtree for putting everything together!

Between toddler duties and playful pets, we got down to business to discuss what we’ve been up to since our last Council Day.

Our Conservation Coordinator Jacob Hannah had a great announcement: Coalfield was the only organization in America to be selected by the Honnold Foundation to receive a grant! The grant will be used to provide 100% renewable energy for our WestEdge building. Stay tuned for more exciting news about this amazing opportunity!

Then, our CEO Brandon took us through our new Theory of Change and Team Principles and emphasized how they add value to gumption, grit, and grace and build on what we already have. He helped explain that our values and vision haven’t changed, but the principles are more detailed way to help us operate on the day-to-day and make decisions. Brandon also wants to help us be able to explain what a social enterprise is when we’re out in the world speaking with those around us about our jobs. We’ll be presenting the new Theory of Change and Team Principles soon.

We also discussed the #GiveTogetherNow campaign that our partner Stand Together is doing. For every act of kindness during the COVID-19 pandemic shared with the hashtag #GiveTogetherNow, Stand Together will donate funds to a family directly affected by the virus. SustainU’s mask making has been shared along with the breakdown hospital bed Saw’s Edge is making. The campaign not only highlights what us and other folks are doing to give back, but also provides help to those in need during this time.

While this Coalfield Council Day looked and felt a little different than the ones we’ve held in the past, we’re thankful that technology is able to help us connect during uncertain times. It was great to see everyone’s faces and remind ourselves why our work at Coalfield is so important – because it brings people together!

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