To engage with community members, we will be hosting listening sessions from mid-July through early September around 5 different topic areas - housing affordability and economic security; services for adults; services for children and youth; behavioral health; and equity and inclusion. These listening sessions will be open to the public and will allow the Department to gain a better understanding of community assets, needs, hopes, challenges, and successes.
We are looking for agencies across Dane County to co-host these listening sessions in partnership with their scheduled programming and events during which there will be consumers or volunteers that may be willing to share their perspective. As a host the Department would seek organizations' assistance in inviting individuals they work with and confirming their attendance. Dane County Department of Human Services (DCDHS) will help with preparation of the space, providing hand sanitizer and masks, and facilitate the conversation.
DCDHS understands that organizations may not know if and when you will have in-person events in the coming months, given the COVID-19 pandemic. We also acknowledge face-to-face events may need to be cancelled on relatively short notice if they are planned. Despite these challenges, we hope you will consider partnering with us. If you are interested please complete this survey by Friday, June 26. The Department will be in touch with survey respondents soon after that date to coordinate events.
Thank you for your time and interest in this work! We are excited to have some incredibly engaging conversations with our community, in partnership with organizations across Dane County.