Pub. date: 2005 | Online Pub. Date: September 15, 2007 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412950565 | Print ISBN: 9780761928201 | Online ISBN: 9781412950565 | Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
Kim Choo Khoo
Community involvement refers to the process whereby some or all members of the community—individuals, parents and family members, grassroots organizations and leaders, schools, religious organizations, associations, voluntary welfare agencies, government and nongovernment organizations (NGOs), and the business sector—come together to collectively support and contribute to the development, promotion, or maintenance of a particular project, service, or program. Community need not refer only to individuals living in the same geographical area, such as a neighborhood, village, or township. Community could be a group of people who share similar characteristics and identity, for example, a religious community, an ethnic community, a Chinese clan association, a community of families with dyslexic children, or the health care community. Terms often associated with community involvement are citizen participation, participatory processes, civil society, capacity building , and mutual aid . Community involvement is promoted for a number of reasons, which may be economic, social, educational, or ...