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Strengthening neighborhood orgs


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Neighborhood groups are born in many ways. As a reaction to crime or sudden change, a desire to beautify the physical environment, a need to connect with those living nearby, or to prepare for earthquakes and other disasters. How do these groups evolve from one shared goal into sustainable organizations that achieve real benefits for their members? Three neighborhood activists share their experiences and challenges in Oakland, El Cerrito, Berkeley and Richmond in a journey to build stronger neighborhood organizations using both Internet and front stoop strategies.

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Strengthening neighborhood orgs

  1. 1. StrengtheningNeighborhood Organizations
  2. 2. Janie HollandCommunity Building and Organizing Director, Community Housing Development CorporationPresident of Santa Fe Neighborhood CouncilRichmond Neighborhood Coordinating Council, Executive Board
  3. 3. Mollie HazenCoordination and community outreach for a variety of organizations in the SF Bay Area for 20 yearsCo-Chair and Neighborhood Watch Coordinator, El Cerrito Crime Prevention Committee
  4. 4. Gail JaraHost and organizer of the First Wednesday Tradition, which brings neighbors together for food and fellowship in an Oakland communityEditor, PANIL Notes, neighborhood newsletter for Piedmont Ave Neighborhood Improvement League
  5. 5. Kristin LeimkuhlerActive in organizing neighborhood groups in Richmond and BerkeleyModerator of online communityFounder of
  6. 6. StrengtheningNeighborhood Organizations
  7. 7. Top 10Strategies to Strengthen Your Neighborhood
  8. 8. 1. Know your community. Cultural Differences Existing Leaders History of the Neighborhood
  9. 9. 2. Articulate your purpose.
  10. 10. 3. Maintain a schedule. Predictable Consistent Realistic
  11. 11. 4. Keep communication flowing.
  12. 12. 5. Identify and nurture leaders.
  13. 13. 6. Increase involvement andcommitment of each person.
  14. 14. 7. Reach out to all ages.
  15. 15. 8. Build in Fun
  16. 16. 9. Highlight progress.
  17. 17. 10. Provide food.
  18. 18. Now we ask you…
  19. 19. Get in touch… kristin@tencue.comRichmond Neighborhood Council: