M-NCPPC Parks and Recreation defines a partnership as a cooperative relationship between professionals or groups who agree to share responsibility for achieving some specific goal; partnerships can support programs or events and offer benefits to all participating partners. Building relationships is fundamental to the success of partnerships. Effective partnerships and collaborations are characterized by building and sustaining "win-win" relationships — the kind of relationships where expectations are clear and understood by all members of the collaboration and by those who are working with the collaboration. Defining relationships assists in identifying tasks, roles, responsibilities, and work plans and ultimately reaching desired outcomes.
Where do I start?Trying to grow an existing program? Is there a need for a new program in your area? Talk to the director of your local Parks and Recreation facility; is there a need to reach a new audience or meet a critical need for residents in a specific community? If your program supports the Parks and Recreation mission, there may be an opportunity for collaboration.
How can my organization support programs and events?Parks and Recreation facilities offer new audiences and opportunities to reach communities in need.
Your organization can help us expand our programs focused on health and wellness, lifetime sports, positive youth development, active seniors, conservation and outdoor education. If your program is a national model or has been running for three or more years, the Parks and Recreation Department may have an interest in participating.
Park and Recreation special events seek resources to expand. Corporate and business partners can provide volunteers, in-kind donations of supplies, giveaway items, as well as cash sponsorship to grow county-wide events. Through the Partners 'n Parks program our partners can grow a long term relationship to bring future resources and support for the Parks and Recreation Department.
Criteria for new partnersM-NCPPC Parks and Recreation will consider partnerships with organizations that meet the following criteria with the proposed program or activity: