For Immediate Release
Redwood City Community Members Invited to “Neighborhood Organizing 101” Workshop
Redwood City, CA - February 23, 2012 - Redwood City announces a great opportunity for residents to gain some valuable tools for bringing their neighbors together, and build community right in their own neighborhoods - Neighborhood Organizing 101!
- Thursday, March 15th - 6:30 to 8:30 pm
Veterans Memorial Senior Center, 1455 Madison Avenue
Refreshments will be served!
This hands-on, informative and fun workshop will also provide participants with prepared resources, flyer templates, and contact list forms to assist in the process of neighborhood organizing. Neighborhood Organizing 101 is hosted by Redwood City, with the content provided by the Peninsula Conflict Resolution Center (www.pcrcweb.org). The workshop includes:
- What makes a healthy neighborhood and community
- How to assess the health of your neighborhood and identify possible issues or concerns
- Tips on how to organize your neighborhood and bring people together around an issue or opportunity
- What the City can do to help bring your neighbors together
- City programs and grants, and other resources and opportunities
- Upcoming opportunities to participate and get involved
- Neighorhood Watch information
There are lots of good reasons to organize the people in a neighborhood, ranging from purely social and fun purposes, to more serious issues-driven aims. First and foremost, everyone will experience better communication among neighbors – to put together a block party, hold a neighborhood meeting, identify issues, and find common ground. Just the act of getting people introduced to their neighbors will often bring more openness, interaction, and exchange of information – and that really helps to build community, help everyone feel like they belong, and establish strong neighborhood bonds. And, it provides a common sense of responsibility and pride in the neighborhood, and ownership of the issues which neighbors find important. This leads to positive action and the opportunity for people to solve problems together, as a neighborhood. When neighbors know and communicate with other neighbors, it helps make the neighborhood a safer place. By working together, looking out for each other, and coordinating with the City and the police department, neighbors can help to create a safer, more secure environment.
One of the most common efforts in any neighborhood is to help improve or beautify their area, which can both strengthen property values and reduce crime. A neighborhood-wide effort can target problem areas and assist in their solution, especially if the issue involves an elderly person or someone who would otherwise have difficulty in that effort on their own. With an organized neighborhood the residents can work more effectively with municipal service providers, like public works, the police department, or others. This makes it easier to communicate with the City to voice concerns, access resources, resolve problems, or take advantage of opportunities.
The entire community is invited to find out what neighborhood organizing is all about, on Thursday, March 15th!
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Public Communications Manager