Voicing Your Values and Beliefs

A group of local organizations are building upon data collected through the 500,000 Voices survey last year. In particular, the partners were motivated by the fact that 75% of respondents desired working together to address important issues, while only 47% felt it was likely to happen in southwest Washington.

This statistic demonstrates that our region needs a home for constructive dialogue and community engagement. This vision led to the creation of the 500,000 Voices Open Forums and the Initiative for Public Deliberation at Washington State University Vancouver. These Open Forums aim to create community-driven solutions to local issues by bringing citizens together for moderated, small-group discussions.

The first six forums will focus on challenges and opportunities related to affordable housing in our community, but don’t require participants to have in-depth knowledge of the subject. All that you need is an interest in creating solutions and improving our community through deliberative dialogue. Diverse perspectives are needed, so please add your voice by attending one of the following forums.

Battle Ground

Tuesday, March 24 | 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Battle Ground Community Center
912 East Main Street
Battle Ground, WA 98604


Wednesday, March 25 | 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Mark Morris High School
1602 Mark Morris Court
Longview, WA 98632


Thursday, March 26 | 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Washington State University Vancouver
14204 NE Salmon Creek Avenue
Vancouver, WA 98686


Tuesday, March 31 | 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Camas High School
26900 SE 15th Street
Camas, WA 98607


Wednesday, April 1 | 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Wind River Middle School
441 Hot Springs Avenue
Carson, WA 98610


Thursday, April 2 | 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Clark College
1933 Fort Vancouver Way
Vancouver, WA 98663