COMMUNITY
CENTERS




COMMUNITY CENTERS

GRASSROOTS FUNCTIONS

SOCIAL CENTERS

CULTURAL CENTERS

HOWTO COMMUNITY CENTER

HOWTO START A COMMUNITY CENTERS

HOWTO ORGANIZE A COMMUNITY CENTER

HOWTO START A COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTER

COMMUNITY CENTERS LINKS

COMMUNITY CENTERS RESOURCES



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COMMUNITY
CENTERS




Community centres or community centers or
recreation centers are public locations
where members of a community tend to gather
for group activities, social support,
public information, and other purposes.

They may sometimes be open for the whole
community or for a specialised group within
the greater community.



Examples of community centres
for specific groups include:

Christian community centres,

Islamic community centres,

Jewish community centres,

youth clubs etc.



Early forms of community centres in the
United States were based in schools
providing facilities to inner city
communities out of school hours.




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GRASSROOTS
FUNCTIONS




There are also community centres for a
specific purpose, but serving the whole
community, such as an arts centre.

Some community centres are squatted,
sometimes rented buildings, mostly in
Europe, which have been made into
organizing centres for community
activities, support networks, and
institutional initiatives such as:



free kitchens,

free shops,

public computer labs,

graffiti murals,

free housing for
activists and
travelers,

recreation,

public meetings,

legal collectives,

spaces for dances,
performances and
art exhibitions.


Those in a more
established setting
may be directly
connected with a:

library,

swimming pool,

gymnasium,

or other public
facility.



COMMUNITY CENTER
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Community_center



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SOCIAL
CENTERS




Social centers (or social centres) are
community spaces. They are buildings
which are used for a range of disparate
activities, which can be linked only by
virtue of being not-for-profit.

They might be organizing centers for local
activities or they might provide support
networks for minority groups such as
prisoners and refugees. Often they provide
a base for initiatives such as:



cafes,

free shops,

public computer labs,

graffiti murals,

legal collectives

free housing for
travellers.



The services are determined by both the needs
of the community in which the social center
is based and the skills which the participants
have to offer.


Social centers tend to be
in large buildings and thus
can host:

activist meetings,

concerts,

bookshops,

dance performances

art exhibitions.



Social centers are common in many European
cities, sometimes in squats, sometimes
in rented buildings.



SOCIAL CENTER
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Social_center



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CULTURAL
CENTERS




A cultural center or cultural centre is
an organization, building or complex
that promotes culture and arts.



Cultural centers can be:

neighborhood community
arts organizations,

private facilities,

government-sponsored,

activist-run.



CUKTURAL CENTER
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cultural_center



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HOWTO
HOW TO
COMMUNITY
CENTERS




A community center is a meeting place for
people in a specific area or neighborhood.
Community centers also offer a safe place
for kids to hang out after school.

The people gather there for activities such
as sports, dances and classes. Some centers
charge a fee while others are privately
funded. This article will instruct you on
how to start a community center.




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SECTION 5A



HOW TO
START A
COMMUNITY
CENTER




A community center provides a meeting place
and/or educational focal point for citizens
of a particular geographic area or social
group to gather for different types of
activities.

There may be classes, team sports, movies
and plays offered onsite at the center.
Most cities have publicly funded community
centers, though some community centers are
privately financed and provide classes for
a fee.

Community centers can be affiliated with a
certain school, religious group or arts
organization, or simply serve all residents
of a town or city.



INSTRUCTIONS


1. Determine what your community center
will offer. Community technology centers
offer access to computers and other
technology for disadvantaged students
and adults.

A youth center gives kids and teenagers
a place to socialize and participate in
meaningful after school activities. A
general community center serves youth
and adults, and sponsors everything
from poetry readings to tennis lessons,
depending on the founder's resources
and mission.


2. Write a mission statement. Make your
priorities for the center clear.
Envision how it will educate local
citizens and provide a healthy social
base for the community. Identify the
needs of the locals you wish to serve
via interviews with school administrators,
librarians, clergy, politicians and
businesspeople in your town or city.

By being specific about your goals and
taking a proactive stance, you can
increase the likelihood that prominent
citizens in your area will help make
the center a reality.


3. Consult local government about licenses
and other rules. Check about operating
permits, zoning, insurance and safety
regulations. File 501(c)(3) paperwork for
charitable organizations if you intend to
run a non-profit organization.

If you intend to charge for classes and
run a privately funded center, apply for
the appropriate business permits.


4. Find a building to house the center.
Good places to consider include church
basements, spaces in or adjunct to
schools and libraries, or clean, easily
renovated storefronts or other buildings
in safe neighborhoods.

Check spaces that can be easily accessed
by public transportation if you intend
to serve children, teens or low-income
residents. If you get a bargain on the
rental or purchase of an older building,
make sure it's up to code.

Have an inspector OK the building before
renovating or moving furniture and
equipment into it.


5. Check public and private funding
sources. If you will offer classes
and other activities for a fee,
secure a loan through your bank or
other sources or contact private
investors or philanthropists.

Look into grant programs through
federal and state education programs
such as the 21st Century Community
Learning Center Program. Follow
application guidelines for these
programs with great care.

Many of them serve only a specific
type of center or student body.


6. Hire paid or volunteer staff,
depending on the type of center.
Develop a list of activities and
classes.

Coordinate schedules and arrange the
space to suit each class. Desks and
chairs used for Monday's tutoring
need to be removed for Tuesday's
dance class, for example.

Purchase office supplies and furniture
(or accept donations), and decorate
the community center in a way that's
appropriate for your clientele.



How to Start a Community Center
http://www.ehow.com/how_6575751_start-community-center.html



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SECTION 5B



HOW TO
ORGANIZE A
COMMUNITY
CENTER?




In every community there is a center
or location where residents gather
for special events.


Community centers are organized to
provide assistance to a majority of
the residents within the city.


1. Community centers are usually organized
in a centralized location within the
community. These centers need to be in a
location where the residents can easily
access the events and opportunities that
will be provided.


2. Community centers may have a board of
directors who oversee the general functions
of the center.


3. A president or councilman may be in
charge of organizing events at the center.


4. Another representative should be in
charge of the day-to-day activities of
the facilities. Even though special
events may not be planned daily, there
are other things that need to be done
at the center like cleaning and
maintenance.


5. Many volunteers are needed in order
to conduct the activities of the center.
Someone is usually in charge of getting
volunteers and assigning necessary jobs
depending on the activity.


6. The organization of the community
center is what makes the center a
success. It is essential that community
members get involved and help make the
community a place where people love to
live.



How to Organize a Community Center
http://experts.merchantcircle.com / articles / How-to-Organize-a-Commun...



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SECTION 5C



HOW DOES
MY COMMUNITY
ESTABLISH A
COMMUNITY
HEALTH
CENTER?




A community interested in establishing
a Community Health Center starts with a
group of committed people who recognize
that others in their community don’t
have access to health care for any number
of reasons:


financial,

geographic

cultural.



It may start with someone who works in health
care or social services, a local service club,
a religious group, elected officials or
individuals who have had problems getting
health care for themselves or someone they
know.

The point is, it usually starts as a grass
roots effort. These people start a discussion
that brings other stakeholders together to
identify and better understand the health care
access needs, issues and resources in the
community.



Technical assistance
may include steps to:



•Identify or verify health care access needs

•Identify different primary health care access
models and their requirements

•Identify and connect to potential collaborators

•Support efforts to make Community Health Center
grant applications

•Orient and train Health Center board members



How to Establish a Community Health Center
http://wphca.org/communitydevelopment/



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SECTION 6



COMMUNITY
CENTERS
LINKS




Chinese Community Center
http://www.chinese-community-center.org/

Community Arts Center
http://www.communityartscenter.org/

Community Career Center!
http://www.communitycareercenter.org/

Community Children's Center
http://www.communitychildrenscenter.org/

Community Crisis Center, Inc.
http://www.communitycrisiscenter.org/

Community Health Center
http://www.communityhealthcenter.org/

Community Medical Centers
http://www.communitymedical.org/

Community Resource Center
http://www.communityresourcecenter.org/

Community Services Center
http://www.communitycenter.org.tw/

How to Start a Community Center
http://experts.merchantcircle.com / articles / How-to-Start-a-Community...



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SECTION 7



COMMUNITY
CENTERS
RESOURCES




Artivism
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Artivism

Autonomism
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Autonomism

Community center
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Community_centre

Coffeehouse (event)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coffeehouse_(event)

Cultural center
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cultural_center

English coffeehouses
in the seventeenth
and eighteenth centuries

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/English_coffeehouses_in_the_seventeenth_and_eighteenth_centuries

Hacklab
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hacklab

Infoshop
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Infoshop

Localism
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fiscal_localism

Salon (gathering)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Salon_(gathering)

Squatting
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Squatting

Third place
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Third_place




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