Progress Through Partnerships


 Our Communities initiative strives to build 

 partnerships and programs that benefit

 Stokes County, NC


        Community Building Board

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Our Communities volunteers lend a hand supporting the Francisco Community Building with overhead costs and much-needed improvements.  We host meetings and classes in the building.

     Stokes Extension Master

Gardener Volunteer Association

The Master Gardeners assisted OC in beautifying the old Francisco School grounds.  Master Gardeners also share vegetables from their home gardens with the North Stokes Food Pantry and will be a presence at Farmfest 2019.

Francisco Ruritans

Ruritan is a civic service organization with the purpose of creating a better understanding between people.  Through volunteer community service, Ruritan makes America’s communities a better place to live and work.  The mission of Ruritan is Fellowship, Goodwill, and Community Service.  Each Ruritan club surveys the needs of its community and then works to meet those needs. 

Stokes Future Farmers Market

Our newest partner---their mission is to grow and feed our own.  The market is open each Saturday at

Hanging Rock State Park

Visitor Center, 11 AM - 2 PM.  Also, visit the market at Farmfest on Sept 21. 

      Northern Stokes Food Pantry

Northern Stokes Food Pantry 

located in the Francisco community provides food assistance to the community and surrounding areas. Many OC members volunteer at the pantry.  We support the Pantry with donations and a raffle for their benefit during Farmfest.

Stokes County Beekeepers Association

Members of the Stokes County Beekeepers Association are interested in learning more about beekeeping and support FarmFest with educational demonstrations along with the sale of local honey.

       Northern Stokes

Future Farmers of America

FFA students have contributed time and talents for each of our FarmFest events.  A metal sculpture from the FFA 's annual art auction is included in this year's Farmfest raffle.

Stokes County Arts Council 

The mission of the Stokes County Arts Council is to support and promote the cultural arts in Stokes County, North Carolina.  The Stokes County Arts Council continues to expand and to successfully present high-quality arts and arts education programming for Stokes County citizens. Their programs create shared and lasting experiences that connect the participants to their heritage.

The Take the Lead Dance Camp was taught by professional dancers Julianne Harper and David Hawk at The Arts Place of Stokes This camp was made possible by a collaboration of Take the Lead North Carolina, Our Communities of NW Stokes, and the Stokes County Arts Council.

Video from final Performance of Take the Lead dance program at The Arts Place of Stokes in Danbury, NC