How much territory should I try to represent?
Some neighborhoods have logical boundaries that are easy to recognize, while others require more judgment on the part of the Neighborhood Coordinator. In general, about 20-30 can be targeted at first with about 5-10 initial responses. As Neighbor to Neighbor becomes more established, neighborhoods may choose to expand their area, but the bottom line is, the number of people and area you coordinate is always up to you and how much you’re willing to take on.
How do I get people interested and motivated to participate?
One of the first things you can do is ask yourself why you were motivated to become a Neighborhood Coordinator. It could very well be that many of the same reasons that engaged you will be the same reasons that will motivate your neighbors. You may also want to begin your initial introduction to your neighbors by letting them know why you have chosen to become a Neighborhood Coordinator and the benefits of living in an active and involved neighborhood.
What is the first event I should host?
This depends on whether your neighborhood has already begun to work on a common issue together. Sometimes a block party is the most casual way to get neighbors together. However, if your immediate concern is to increase neighborhood safety or preserve natural resources, you may consider other alternatives such as coordinating a Neighborhood Watch or emergency preparedness meeting or coordinating a clean-up of the ravines in your neighborhood.
What should I do if only a few people respond?
Well first, congratulate yourself on your efforts because you’re on your way! Getting started is the hardest part, but once you have obtained the interest of a few neighbors, they can help get the ball rolling and others will follow as they become energized about the successes of the program
What tools can I use to show neighbors that I am a legitimate representative of the City?
There are several ways you can show your neighbors your official affiliation as a Neighborhood Coordinator. You should receive a letter of introduction from the City which can be used to show neighbors. If you meet someone who is still wary, you can have him or her contact Hayley Garard at 847.926.1043 for official confirmation of your affiliation.
What assistance can I expect from City Staff or Officials?
Hayley Garard is available to answer your questions, provide suggestions, or refer you to other Neighborhood Coordinators. She can arrange for City Staff to copy your neighborhood forms, letters, and fliers, at no cost to you. City officials, such as the Mayor and City Council, are often available to attend your neighborhood meetings upon request.