The Council On Inclusion has suffered the loss of our co-chair Bob Hillman. Bob was also a member of the Board of Directors of Community Partners of the Poconos. Bob passed away on November 16, 2009 at Wilkes-Barre General Hospital. We appreciate his support, and will continue to further his vision of working together to promote fairness and inclusion in Monroe County. Click Here To View Pocono Record Story.
The Monroe County Council On Inclusion provides a permanent vehicle that brings together leaders and citizens from our increasingly diverse County in a sustained effort to preempt bias and promote harmonious solutions.
The Council is a project of Community Partners of the Poconos (CPOP).
The Council is intended to identify issues of concern that can be brought to government and public attention for action.
The work of the Council is essential to
Currently, the Council has undertaken a planning process to identify its goal and objectives and future projects. Its most current project is examining the potential for collaborative and funding opportunities for after-school programs in
Membership in the group is by extended invitation to those individuals who have demonstrated an interest and commitment to the improvement of intra-group relations in Monroe County. Members meet on the first Thursday of the month at the Chateau Resort & Conference Center, which underwrites our monthly breakfast. If you are interested in joining, please Contact Us for more information.
Numerous community leaders and activists have also expressed a need for the creation of a coordinating body composed of diverse citizens at the County level that would help promote unity and harmony through civic engagement on issues of concern.
Of growing concern to them is the racial and ethnic polarization that is beginning to take place in the County as newcomers are blamed for growing rates of poverty and gang-related violent crimes attributable, not so much to any particular ethnic or racial group, but to the unprecedented growth in the area.
The U .S. Census Bureau estimates that