Toolkit: What the core group can do

What the core group can do

Once you’ve identified about a half-dozen neighbors interested enough to start an association, schedule a meeting at a nearby, accessible location. And do it right away! It’s important to keep that momentum at the beginning.

Start with a core group of neighbors to do some planning, and then begin to reach out to more people in the neighborhood association.

The core group can then begin reaching out to other neighbors, walking the streets to meet people, offering information and if at all possible, a simple printed flyer with the meeting time and location. Include contact information for someone in that core who can field any follow-up questions.

The core group also can agree on some ground rules for that initial meeting. These should include:

  • Meeting attendance, and making the time commitment to the neighborhood association
  • Acting for the benefit of the group, rather than for individual or business interests
  • Being inclusive, because it’s critical on so many levels for everyone to feel welcome and valued
  • Respectful discourse: That means constructive comments, and discussion of issues not personalities
  • Accepting consensus when the group’s decision isn’t the same as your own, in part or in whole

What the core group can’t do