What could Booz Allen do to improve the lives of hundreds of thousands of military personnel and their families leaving active service and returning as veterans within our communities? That simple question inspired the Community Catalyst Initiative (CCI), an approach to community collaboration focused on driving sustainable impact for those in need.
Though there are thousands of inspiring programs across the country serving veterans, individual communities often struggle to organize this “sea” of programs into accessible, meaningful support for service members and families in need. Although well intentioned, these programs are often working in silos and sometimes with duplicating services. Navigating this complex system to access critical services can be overwhelming and poses a unique struggle for veterans and their families. Through advanced research and structured community interviews, Booz Allen developed and employed a unique model to bring organizations in selected communities together and eliminate long-standing barriers that had prevented those in need from accessing the full range of resources available to them.