FAQ – Block Party Toolkit

Who can check out the Toolkit?

The Block Party Toolkit may be checked out to any officer of a recognized neighborhood organization in the City of South Bend for use at a qualifying event. “Recognized neighborhood organization” includes neighborhood associations registered with NRC, or neighborhood residents seeking to form one. If you are seeking to host an event in a neighborhood where a recognized neighborhood organization does not yet exist, please contact NRC for assistance.

What events may the Toolkit be used for?

The Toolkit may be used at any event hosted by a recognized neighborhood organization, or any event where all residents of the neighborhood are invited *and* the neighborhood organization will have a presence at the event for the purpose of building the organization.

I’m inviting the whole neighborhood to my [party / church social / etc.]. May I use the toolkit?

If a recognized neighborhood organization will have a presence at the event for the purpose of building the organization, then the Toolkit may be checked out to an officer of the organization for use at the event.

How long may the Toolkit be checked out?

The Toolkit may be checked out for three days. Example: if checked out on a Friday, it will be due the following Monday.

Is there a deposit?

Yes. A refundable $50 deposit is required at the time the Toolkit is checked out. The deposit may be paid in cash, money order or check payable to the Neighborhood Resources Connection. When the Toolkit is checked back in complete, the deposit will be returned.

What are the special rules regarding the PA and/or generator?

Use of the PA system and/or generator must be accompanied by an NRC representative. Reservations of these items are subject to scheduling availability of NRC staff.