Neighborhood organizations around the city have been wondering, “how can I get more people to our meetings?” Some neighborhood associations have successfully outreached to neighbors. Here are some ideas for how to bring out your neighbors and build your organization:
1. Pass out flyers. Many neighborhood groups say they always have the best turn-out when they go door-to-door telling their neighbors about an upcoming meeting. The president of the Seabrook Association paid her sons and their friends to pass out flyers, getting the youth involved early and keeping them busy. Some neighborhoods list all their regular meetings on one flyer, so if a neighbor misses the next one, they know when to go again.
2. Have an event. The Melia Subdivision in New Orleans East organized a block party. At their next neighborhood meeting, the attendance had nearly doubled. Having fun with your neighbors is a great way to get them involved, and can be a great way to hear about issues your neighbors care about.
3. Do outreach as part of a project: Are you surveying your neighborhood? Pass out flyers at the same time. Any time you are out working in the neighborhood is a great time to talk about your association and how they can get involved.
Created by: Neighborhoods Partnership Network