Grantee Blog 2020

The Value of Effective Leadership

“It aligns with my values.” This is how Marilyn Talmage ended her statement. Marilyn is a member and a great asset to the Freehold Intergenerational Community Council (FICC). According to the Center for Creative Leadership (CCL), when the leadership process in a group is effective, it generates three crucial outcomes: direction, alignment, and commitment. In groups with strong alignment, members with different tasks or roles or with different sets with expertise coordinate their work. In groups with weak alignment, members work more in isolation, unclear about how their tasks fit into the larger work of the group and are in danger of working at cross-purposes, duplicating effort, or having important work fall through the cracks.

The Leadership for All Ages training FICC has participated in the last 5 months fosters direction, commitment and alignment, not only within the group but also with their values.

“For at least 50 years I have felt that in all situations we need to include and respect at least 3 generations. We can all learn from one another and we can all help, comfort and support each other. FICC involves everyone working together, meeting vital needs of the community, using local resources, individual skills and abilities. It coordinates opportunities to serve with a growing awareness of needs and how to access help. We who are privileged to volunteer with FICC are meeting new people, embracing diversity, and broadening our vision. FICC is the first organization I am aware of that intentionally addresses all ages with the mutual goal of meeting shared needs. It aligns with my values.”

-Marilyn Talmage

May 14, 2021

About the Grantee


Neighborhood Connections to Health (NCTH) is a community non-profit organization, which began as a portion of the work of the Visiting Nurses Association (VNA). NCTH was formed in 2016 and currently works under 4 priority areas: Intergenerational Physical Activity, Bikeability/Walkability, Lead Prevention and Access to Healthy Foods.