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First Things First has helped more than 300 communities across the United States develop healthy family/marriage initiatives. They have taken their 10 years of experience in changing a culture with cities of all sizes. For more information about how to Start a Healthy Family Initiative, go to http://firstthings.org/page/resource-center/starting-healthy-families/.

First Things First has also created First Things U—a state of the art virtual campus for anyone interested in creating a state of the art grassroots community marriage and family initiative. Learn more at www.firstthingsu.org

Establish a Community Marriage Policy® (CMP). Join more than 200 cities and towns in 43 states have created Community Marriage Policies where divorce rates have fallen an average of 17.5%, and cohabitation by a third. Learn how to bring pastors, priests and rabbis together to impact your community at www.marriagesavers.org

Create a statewide effort. Strong Marriages Florida offers one model for how to create a statewide strategic plan and build collaboration for a sustainable far-reaching campaign to increase the number of couples receiving pre-marital counseling, strengthen existing marriages and restore marriages in crisis, thereby saving enormous taxpayer costs from family fragmentation in your state. For ideas, go to www.Yes2Marriage.org

For an extensive listing of other creative ideas for how to Strengthen Marriage in Your Community: 101 Ideas to Get You Started, click here:  http://www.fambooks.com/frontcover.htm

Resources from the Marriage CoMission, (100 faith-based allies for strengthening marriage)

"...We should provide the facts about the importance of marriage as a matter of child welfare and economic aspiration. As a society, we have launched highly effective public education campaigns on much less momentous issues, from smoking to recycling... For now, the decline of marriage is our most ignored national crisis..."

Rich Lowry commentary, TIME Magazine, 2012

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"National Marriage Week presents a chance to focus on rebuilding a culture of marriage for this generation."

NEWSWEEK magazine, Feb. 14, 2015

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