NRC 2018 Update

At our Open House on June 27, 2018, NRC made a brief presentation on what we’ve done recently, and what we have planned for the remainder of 2018 into 2019.

As 2018 draws to a close, what better time to look back at what NRC has done this year? See our short presentation below on what we’ve done recently, what we’re doing now, and where we’re going.


  • NRC has redesigned our flagship program, the Neighborhood Leadership Academy. NRC has analyzed the program’s effectiveness, revisited the program’s objectives, and revamped the program to better address the specific life-cycle issues that associations face.
  • We’ve also created the “Health Check” tool — objective criteria that NRC and associations might use to evaluate their strengths and identify opportunities.
  • Over 50% of South Bend’s neighborhoods are unserved by a neighborhood association, and several existing associations are struggling. NRC expects to align its mission and programs to address these issues. Strategies include:
    • An increase in 1-on-1 coaching/advising support and technical assistance on such topics as communications, membership/outreach, organizational mission, etc.
    • Increased resources and support for new organizers seeking to create new associations. NRC’s new Block Party Toolkit is one of these resources.
    • More workshops and just-in-time training to meet the needs of organizers where they are, when they are.