Community Development Works is a program of The Rapides Foundation

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VIEW CDW IN The Rapides Foundation 2014 Annual Report

The mission of Community Development Works (CDW) is to create and support a community development infrastructure as the primary vehicle for citizen involvement in improving the health and well-being of Central Louisiana residents.

CDW programming is dedicated to providing community residents and nonprofit organizations within The Rapides Foundation nine-parish Service Area with tools and resources that support three main intended impacts:
  • Civic Engagement
  • Leadership Development
  • Organizational Effectiveness

Community Development Works programs and services include:

  • Learning Lab
  • Staffbuilders Training Calendar
  • Cenla Boardbuilders
  • Cenla Execbuilders
  • Nonprofit Works

Our History

From the earliest days of The Rapides Foundation, there has been a formal acknowledgement that nonprofits, communities and individuals needed support in developing their capacity to respond to the opportunities around them. This took the form of one-day workshops and technical assistance engagements.

The Foundation conducted some extensive community-based needs assessments throughout the region and began to offer various longer-term trainings and programs. Many graduates of those programs have gone on to do important and powerful work in their communities.

Under its current structure, Community Development Works (CDW)  is a program of The Rapides Foundation. Housed on the 1st floor of The Rapides Foundation Building, we offer various formal and informal programs for nonprofits and their staffs, Boards and other volunteers while still strongly supporting individuals, schools and units of government in their desire to advance their work. Through the Learning Lab, we have access to comprehensive resources for all types of civic involvement and staff to assist you.

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