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Our Process

My Meadville is a collaborative project between the City of Meadville, Pennsylvania Humanities Council, and the Orton Family Foundation. The Orton Family Foundation’s Community Heart & Soul model was used to create My Meadville.
According to the Orton Family Foundation, “developed and field-tested over a decade in partnership with small cities and towns, Community Heart & Soul® has evolved into a proven model for engaging a community in shaping the future.”
There was a four-stage process to follow, and during each stage, the core values of the process were kept in mind!
These core values were:
  • Involve Everyone
  • Play the long game
  • Focus on what matters

Phase 1

  • Get Organized
  • Create a Work Plan
  • Spread the Word

Phase 2

  • Gather and Share Stories
  • Identify What Matters Most

Phase 3

  • Formalize Decisions
  • Make Choices
  • Develop Options

Phase 4

  • Mobilize Resources
  • Follow Through
  • Cultivate Heart & Soul