We discussed the issue to strengthen the volunteer program of the neighborhood association.
We brainstormed activities that cause a volunteer program to become stronger.
Find barriers that keep people from volunteering and bring down barriers
Ask people to come to meeting
Pay—give people something in exchange for volunteer time. One idea was something like Madison Hours. Have businesses donate and when volunteers give some time they get a “dollar” to use at local business.
Welcome wagon so people can learn about neighborhood and community
Find out common issues/common problems/serious changes people want in the community that people might want to rally around
Offer talks/forums that might interest people
Find out and utilize the skills and assets of the neighbors
Craft shed summer program
Neighborhood Association does fun things so people have great time and want to get involved—one suggestion potlucks
Orientation—great way for people to get to know each other and establish a unified commitment
Keep burnout away—check in to see how people are doing, thank people, provide support and recognition
Have projects for volunteers to do
We brainstormed about what would be the effects of a stronger volunteer program for the neighborhood association.
Better relations between neighbors
More useful projects could be done with more volunteers
No one would feel overwhelmed from too much volunteer time
People feel less isolation in community
More food potlucks
Community would have more resources (Neighborhood might be able to influence the city for more resources, but also more resources garnered from the volunteer power)
Neighborhood association could influence city
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