Why are we doing a participatory budget?
One of our equity guidelines says that we will have a transparent and participatory budgeting process. We have studied how other communities have used participatory budgeting to create equity and engage more of the community. In particular, we have been inspired by St. Louis RECAST. We have invited community members with lived expertise to join us in budgeting CAN's money for initiatives this year. These community members are Delegates.
The CAN Delegation
Marisol Correa Barbosa
Sunday Shae Parker
Lyudmila Petrovna Ledford
How's it going?
Meeting 1: CAN Fare, a meet and greet for the Delegation
CANFare was convened on May 23 at Hola Carolina. We took the time to learn more about one another and explore why we want to work together to create a participatory budget.
Meeting 2: World Cafe, June 13
Cafe discussion: What makes us feel nourished and strong?
Delegates generated powerful ideas for creating a community where we can all feel nourish and strong.
Cafe harvest: What ideas do we have in common about creating a community where we can feel nourished and strong?
Delegates focused on our common assets and the power of community for creating a healthy Henderson County.
Participatory Budgeting Working Group
Members of the working group
Kelly Hart, Smartstart Partnership for Children
Samantha Jamison, Smartstart Partnership for Children
Sarah Kowalak, United Way of Henderson County
Milton Butterworth, Pardee UNC Healthcare
Betsy Tankersley, Henderson County Cooperative Extension
Joe Brittain, Mills River Farm Market
Linda Brittain, Mills River Farm Market