Community Building Spotlight: Connect-to-Council's Connie Hamilton

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Connie Hamilton, Chairperson and founding member of the Santa Ana-based civic engagement organization, Connect-to-Council, has been an active leader in her community for over a decade. As a fourteen-year resident of Santa Ana, she has served as President of South Coast Neighborhood Association since 2003.

In 2008, Hamilton was inspired to take a more active leadership role in city government and affairs after attending the Leadership Santa Ana forum, sponsored by NeighborWorks Orange County, the City of Santa Ana, and OC Human Relations. Out of this leadership training, Hamilton and several other participants realized that they shared the desire to help Santa Ana residents get better connected to their city council and the idea for Connect-to-Council was born. 

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Today, Connect-to-Council works to increase Santa Ana neighborhood participation in civic affairs and empower residents and neighborhood leaders to positively and constructively communicate with their elected officials.

Hamilton shares, “Connecting the community is the main key and benefit in neighborhood involvement. It is certainly a concentric process and the value can be felt by the individuals stepping up to participate and the residents being served. It is a legacy that anyone can leave for their own community.”

Hamilton has received several awards in recognition of her work in Santa Ana, including the Neighborhood Hero for South Coast Neighborhood from the City of Santa Ana in 2009 and the Seniors Making a Difference Award in 2014, presented by Senator Lou Correa. Hamilton also serves as a volunteer for the Santa Ana Response Team, as well as Santa Ana Volunteers in Policing.

On Saturday March 7, NeighborWorks Orange County will honor Connie with our 2015 Good Neighbor Award