Every year Team Haverhill hosts Possible Dreams, an upbeat community conversation that celebrates Haverhill’s progress, elicits community aspirations, and fosters new connections.
Possible Dreams 2017 took place on March 6, 2017, celebrating “Haverhill Treasures: Old, New, Next!” This was one of the largest Possible Dreams events ever, and for the first time included streaming video on Facebook Live, allowing residents to participate in the conversation from home.
In lively conversations at small café tables, residents identified what they treasure most about their community today, and shared visions for the “next” valuable assets we can start creating now, both in the neighborhoods and citywide. As always, the evening provided an excellent opportunity to meet new people, discover Haverhill’s hidden gems, and shape the future of our community by incubating new ideas. To find out more, read the Possible Dreams 2017 Meeting Notes.
To see what was discussed at Possible Dreams in previous years, please view Possible Dreams 2016 Meeting Notes, Possible Dreams 2015 -Topic-Group-Reports, as well as compilation of results from 2008-2014. One important outcome from Possible Dreams 2014 was the first annual Haverhill Volunteer Expo. With initial leadership from the Haverhill YMCA, a consortium of four local nonprofits organized the September event, which featured volunteer opportunities with two dozen exhibiting organizations.
Several past Possible Dream events led to major Team Haverhill initiatives: advocacy for single-stream curbside recycling, revitalization of the Haverhill Farmers Market, and the annual River Ruckus festival.
Perhaps most important of all, the aspirations that are shared at Possible Dreams provide encouragement and guidance to all of Haverhill’s leaders, businesses, institutions, and volunteer groups, as we play our various roles in making Haverhill a strong, vibrant, and livable community.
Our year always starts with the Possible Dreams event. It’s a really upbeat, lively community conversation about the things we can accomplish as a city if we all work together.Alice Mann, President of Team Haverhill