Utilizing Storytelling to Build Community – 2022 Governor’s Conference on Volunteerism

Session Description:

Telling a story is the next step beyond simply sharing information. Storytelling is a powerful tool that can uplift others, share powerful information, or simply let others know what you or an organization may be doing. With so many in-person and virtual ways to share a story, this session will help participants rethink stories and deep-dive into who their communities are. Common interests are everywhere! By effectively storytelling, we can connect our communities and build shared interests to help more folks as we impact New Hampshire.

Session Goals:

By the end of this session, participants will have learned: 

  • What it means to be a “storyteller”; 
  • Effective ways to tell a story in-person and online; 
  • To start thinking about their community, what communities they belong to, and how to encourage participation between them.

Please Note: The presenter has asked that participants have a pen/pencil and a piece of paper handy for a session activity, if possible.



Cady G. Hickman is a New Hampshire-based performer and educator. She is a member of the Union Leader’s 40 Under Forty Class of 2021 and spent much of the pandemic turning her in-person teaching into online content for children. She is the founder of Queen City Improv, Manchester’s improvisational theater troupe. She currently runs the New Hampshire Local List, which is an effort to highlight local businesses and makers across the state to encourage local support.