First Congo to host storytelling workshop

MANCHESTER - The Vermont Community Foundation will host four Storytelling Workshops across the state this October and November for nonprofit organizations, including one at the First Congregational Church of Manchester. Registration is free and capacity is limited.

An important part of a nonprofit's ability to inspire awareness and support for their work is the ability to tell their story. This is ever more true in today's world of fast-paced news and information sharing. To help nonprofits craft and share their stories, The Community Foundation is hosting four storytelling workshops with Barbara Ganley, founder and director of Community Expressions, LLC. The workshops are free and are geared towards organizations without a marketing and development staff or that would like guidance in identifying the right stories for their audiences.

The workshop will focus on building a community story to better connect with donors and stand out among other fund-raising asks. Workshops will be held in: Burlington: Fletcher Free Library on Oct. 24, from 1-5 p.m. Norwich: Norwich Congregational Church on Oct. 25 from 1-5 p.m. St. Johnsbury: Catamount Arts on Nov. 5 from 1-5 p.m. Manchester: First Congregational Church of Manchester on Nov. 8 from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. Register at!

Ganley directs Community Expressions, LLC, dedicated to helping communities improve communication, creativity, and collaboration through narrative-making approaches. Previously she taught writing at Middlebury College where she co-founded and directed a leadership development program, pioneered the integration of digital narrative-making in the liberal arts, and mentored faculty in arts-based learning. Learn more about Community Expressions, LLC

The Vermont Community Foundation is a family of hundreds of funds and foundations established by Vermonters to serve their charitable goals. It provides the advice, investment vehicles, and back-office expertise to make giving easy and inspiring. The Foundation also provides leadership in giving by responding to community needs and keeping Vermont's nonprofit sector vital. Together, its funds and programs provide more than $15 million a year in grants and other investments in Vermont. Visit


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