In September 2005, Marlo Fox, Karin VanZant and Ellen Waild established a work plan based on an opportunity to serve a need in the Springfield, Ohio community. The need was for one organization to offer capacity building, training and technical assistance, and local meeting space for health and human service organizations. The social service network in Clark County, Ohio was programmatically strong; however, the organizations' operational infrastructure lacked long-term sustainability.
Think Tank attributes its early success to the integrity and reputation of its staff and volunteers, its ability to form strategic partnerships, and, by the grace of God, the opportunity to address unmet needs in the community. There have been many opportunities since 2005 to serve our community. Special projects have included research on foreclosures, employee surveys for a large multi-county organization, policy and procedure writing, grant writing for various non-profit organizations and training/professional development sessions.
Think Tank Inc. believes that while our community may face many challenges, there are committed people and organizations with solutions. Our success depends upon relationships built with individuals and organizations in the community. We value working with problem solvers to alleviate poverty and create a sustainable, prosperous community.
Since our inception, we have learned a lot about what we have to offer. Think Tank staff and VISTAs have been called on to provide a variety of services to our community. In 2009, we expanded our work to Montgomery County and located a satellite office at the Sun Rise Center on East 5th Street. Lead by John White, Dayton Circles and Reentry Circles of Dayton were developed along with many partnerships with local government officials, government organizations, churches and non-profits.
Since 2005, Think Tank has been able to provide training, technical assistance and coaching to communities all across North America. We have developed some of our own training tools, curriculum and models. We continue to partner with others such as Circles and Bridges Out of Poverty. We continue to be a "think tank" in motion. A responsive organization that links the academic world and practitioners who are all trying to solve our communities toughest problems.
Sincerely - K. VanZant; Co-founder and CEO