Getting Started

  1. Talk To Your Neighbors
  2. Form a Core Group
  3. What Areas are Included?
  4. Planning Your 1st Meeting
  5. Holding Your 1st Meeting
  6. Developing Your Organization

Become Familiar With Your Neighborhood - Talk to Your Neighbors

First you need to reach out to neighbors to learn what their perceptions are about the neighborhood. This can be a difficult first step but you will quickly learn most people love the opportunity to talk about the concerns they see in the neighborhood. What issues exist? What resources exist? What do people like about their neighborhood? Conduct an assessment of the neighborhood to help determine what issues need attention by going door-to-door for this is also a great way of meeting new neighbors.

Talk to people about the problems occurring in the neighborhood. Listen to people to learn what assets, skills and resources they can bring to the table to help solve neighborhood issues. Talk to the people in churches, businesses, schools, parks, basketball courts, and anywhere else people may gather to understand what they think the neighborhood needs are.

Occasionally you may come across someone not interested in talking. If so, thank them anyway and move on to someone else who is eager to talk with you. Research what similar issues concern the businesses as well as the residents in your neighborhood? Looking at your neighborhood in terms of its needs and its resources helps to develop a list of things to be done and of those who can help.