What is a “Resilience Team?”

Resilience Teams are local, volunteer-based nodes of CROs that receive organizational, structural, and financial support from CROs to build resilience and “community sufficiency” in their towns and regions. CROs provides resources to increase capacity that accelerates action in communities while increasing social cohesion. Strengthening communities can range from dessert potlucks to hazard mitigation!

Teams have diverse community participation to bridge gaps - team members often include a mix of Select Board members, conservation and planning commissioners, food co-ops, emergency responders, town managers, farmers, watershed groups, foresters - and many other engaged citizens who care about their communities. They are the local problem-solvers!

There are several steps to forming a team - putting out the word, engaging others in your community, and managing your team well. Here are some resources to help you get started.

STARTING A LOCAL TEAM - What are the requirements? It’s simple!

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Step #1 - Let us know you’re interested!

Get in touch at [email protected] so that we can send you more information and answer any questions that may come up.

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Step # 2 - Two or more people in a town decide they want to form a team.

Once you have two or more dedicated individuals who want to form a CROs team, you’re ready to get to work!

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Step #3 - Team members get approval from their local government.

There are no government requirements apart from granting approval, which means acknowledging that the team exists and agreeing to have two-way communication. Members of local government are encouraged to attend events organized by their community team, and some join the teams, though these are not requirements.

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Step #4 - Teams work with CROs to develop a plan with goals to achieve together.

This may include (but is not limited to) organizing the Community Resilience Assessment, skills-building workshops, and project development and implementation. Plans often coincide with wider community goals.

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Step #5 - Local teams build capacity as a regional CROs network.

Teams participate in quarterly calls and attend an annual gathering to share experiences, learn about each others’ initiatives, brainstorm collaborations for regional resilience, and build connections.


When you’re forming a team, you can use this presentation to give more information about CROs to your local government and prospective members. Click the Settings button to open presentation notes!

CROs Retreat Presentation


CROs Handout on Community Engagement Ideas


Community Heart & Soul Tools & Templates

Tools for Effective Team Meetings

Collective Impact Framework

US Department of Arts & Culture (nonprofit) Guides & Toolkits

Wildfire Volunteer Organizing Platform

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Do you have a suggestion for resources to include here that will help communities execute resilience initiatives, foster social change, navigate climate change, or build crucial skills sets? Let us know. We want your input and expertise!