Interagency Council of Norristown
Strengthening Diverse Communities Through Cross-Systems Collaboration
Established in 1981
Non-profit status achieved in 1998
Monthly informational networking meetings
Strong support of capacity building efforts in Montgomery County
The Interagency Council of Norristown (ICN) has been an ever growing consortium of human service organizations, individuals, and providers within Central Montgomery County. Established in 1981, ICN has been improving the delivery and access to local human services for almost 40 years. We believe that through the personal contact of human service workers and the free exchange of information, those in need are better served.
Until the fall of 1998, a volunteer board of directors had accomplished all of ICN's programs and work. In 1998, ICN was recognized as a 501(c)(3) private not-for-profit organization and received funding for a part time coordinator. Three working committees assist the board of directors and the coordinator in accomplishing its goals. These committees are the Financial and Fundraising Committee, the Program and Professional Development Committee and the Community Education Committee.
From the beginning ICN has been known for its monthly informational and networking meetings. ICN has grown and developed over the many active years and have added monthly informational workshops, the publications of the regional community connections guidebook and pamphlet, and the member events online page. There is also hopes to launching a monthly webinar in the near future for the members to have a chance to promote their organization.
Other ICN activities include representing members in regional and county-wide forums, such as the Norristown Area Communities That Care for Youth and Montgomery County Housing Coalition. There are three working committees that assist the board of directors and the coordinator in accomplishing these goals. These committees are the Financial and Fundraising Committee, the Program and Professional Development Committee and the Community Education Committee.
ICN has been supporting capacity building infrastructure behind the scenes that helps local human services furnish their essential services. We convene providers to share information, provide training, and offer networking opportunities. We also act as a link on collaborative boards and networks and support public awareness of the human service issues that will improve the quality of life for those who live in central Montgomery County. Our goal is to support local human service agencies in providing the best services possible.