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 assistance can I expect from City Staff or Officials?
Contact the City to arrange for City officials, such as the Mayor and City Council, to attend your neighborhood meetings upon availability.