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Mar 23, 2021
This commentary is by Eddy Perez, Global Communities Technical Director for Water and Sanitation I was wrong about water supply and sanitation in the United States. When I volunteered in Honduras as a civil engineer with the U.S. Peace Corps in the mid-1970s, I believed that water supply and sanitation needs in the United States were well taken care of and that my skills and passion would be best used working in developing countries. I have since learned that there are significant numbers of underserved people in the United States who do not have equitable access to safe drinking water supply and/or safely managed sanitation. The more that I learn about the causes of the WASH problems and... Read more
Jan 07, 2021
Global Communities was asked by John Deere to design and conduct a participatory community needs assessment in Waterloo, Iowa in partnership with local community members and local partners. The assessment used an participatory-based approach to develop an in-depth understanding of the assets, opportunities, and gaps existing in the Waterloo community in order to inform and strengthen the community projects led by John Deere and other stakeholder organizations to lead to greater impact. The community assessment complemented previous community assessments and existing demographic data to inform and strengthen work that John Deere and other community stakeholders are preparing to... Read more
Oct 10, 2020
By Rebecca Wener, Global Communities Program Officer for Governance and Global Health
Read original article on Medium.com October 10th marks the 28th annual World Mental Health Day, and this year’s theme is a call to scale up investment in mental health. Mental health disorders represent a critical yet under-emphasized component of the global public health burden. The World Health Organization has estimated that around 10.7% of the global... Read more
Apr 24, 2020
The article was first published here. By Seth A. Richardson, cleveland.com CLEVELAND, Ohio – Gov. Mike DeWine announced Tuesday that two former Ohio governors would lead a task force to help expand coronavirus testing in Ohio. Former Govs. Dick Celeste (on the photo), a Democrat, and Bob Taft, a Republican, will lead a task force set up by DeWine, a Republican, to source material and expand coronavirus testing capabilities in the state, DeWine said. “These two leaders... Read more
Apr 06, 2020
Major international development organizations merge to expand reach of proven programs, scale solutions for transformational change alongside vulnerable communities around the world  Silver Spring, Md. and San Diego, Calif. – April 6, 2020 – International development and humanitarian assistance organizations Global Communities and Project Concern International (PCI) announce a merger in order to expand their work to improve lives and livelihoods in communities at home and around the world. At a time of unprecedented public health challenges, the merger of these two organizations will increase the impact of their proven programs and enable them to deliver sustainable change to tens of millions of people in over 35 countries.  Global Communities’ Board of Trustees and PCI’s... Read more
Mar 16, 2020
During this time of upheaval and uncertainty, Global Communities is using its past experience and technical expertise in the effort to address the COVID-19 crisis. At their core, Global Communities’ programs around the world focus on building trust with, and empowering, local communities and local governments. Now, we must translate that trust in creative ways to support activities for behavior change as well as other actions that support infectious disease response activity. Our field offices are proactively engaging donors and other stakeholders to discuss and plan for the impact that local COVID-19 response measures are likely to have on the implementation of our ongoing work. We are identifying areas where existing budget and staff resources can be re-purposed from originally planned... Read more
Sep 03, 2019

Global Communities CEO David Weiss of Silver Spring, Md. and Steve Beard, Moline Global Communities director, are in front of the office in the Floreciente neighborhood in Moline. Photo: John Schultz, jschultz@qctimes.com By Jim Menan This article was originally published in the Muscatine Journal. MOLINE — There was much to celebrate for Flourishing Communities. But the bigger question Friday night at The Seed, Sprout and Flourish event at Mercado on Fifth on 12th Street and Fifth Avenue Moline is “should, Flourishing Communities be making future plans?” That answer won’t come until... Read more
Jul 05, 2019
UnityPoint Health-Trinity community health advocate Carolina Granja laughs during a press conference in Moline. Photo credit: Meg McLaughlin/mmclaughlin@qconline.com. Source: The Dispatch Argus The Floreciente neighborhood now has its own community health advocate, through a fund partially granted by Global Communities, which will help advance health while also offering better access to care for Floreciente residents. Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) Carolina Granja, who practiced medicine in her home country of Mexico but who cannot practice here, graduated from Black Hawk College also in part through a grant from Global Communities, which is implementing the project with the support of the John Deere Foundation. The bilingual nurse is tasked with meeting individuals at home or at... Read more
Dec 09, 2018
By . Originally published on the NPR Quad Cities website. Felix Vallejo purchased in 2017 a dilapidated building at 820 5th Avenue in Moline that had originally been a Skelly gas station. Built in 1932, it needed significant repair work and had become an eyesore in the Floreciente neighborhood. A collaboration between Felix and the Global Communities organization resulted in the historic renovation of the building’s exterior and the painting of a brightly colored mural on the retaining wall adjacent to it. The original gas station was built in the Tudor Revival style,... Read more
Aug 02, 2018
Supporting Communities’ Disaster Resilience Drawing on decades of experience, Global Communities partners with communities to recover after natural disasters by addressing long-term needs and rebuilding climate-resilient infrastructure. As a leader in community development and community engagement, Global Communities works with communities to strengthen their environmental resilience through climate change adaptation planning and disaster risk mitigation. At the center of all of our work is our proven Participatory Action for Community Engagement (PACE) approach, empowering communities to identify, prioritize and find solutions to their most pressing needs. Resulting resilience programming... Read more
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