The community had some amazing ideas for building connections at the November 2015 Neighborhood Meeting. Summer is a great time revisit them. Which are some we can do together this summer?
Becoming More Welcoming
- Neighborhood newcomer welcome meetings
- Neighborhood welcome packet is sent to new EWEB customers establishing accounts in Southeast Neighbors area or based on USPS new postal customer address change forms.
- Can get new address changes from the post office or EWEB to get notification of new arrivals to the neighborhood?
- Quarterly meet-ups for new SEN neighbors to get introduced to the neighborhood.
- Facebook groups for immediate neighbors in 3-4 block radius.
- Summer potlucks/ welcome students to the neighborhood Fall event (perhaps combined with the SEN Fall picnic at Tugman Park).
Create More Way for Newcomers to Connect
- Sponsor a clothes exchange.
- Build connections and partnerships with the University of Oregon and Lane Community College, and their respective student bodies.
- Work parties at neighborhood parks, with signs posted throughout the neighborhood.
- A SEN neighborhood 5K run along the Amazon trail to meet up with neighbors and U/O students.
- More community service events for students: Sororities and fraternities have volunteer / community service requirements for their members.
- Communicate directly with immediate neighbors about concerns, such as noise, parking, public safety, etc.
- Neighborhood garage sales or free swaps/ clothes exchanges.
- Neighborhood parties and ice cream socials.
- Involve local businesses, e.g. Tsunami Books or grocery stores, in organizing neighborhood events.
- Front yard or block parties:
- Hold a bunch of block parties around the neighborhoods on the same weekend.
- Apply for street vacation permit(s) from the City to block selected streets for neighborhood parties.
- Meet neighbors while walking the dog.
Create physical spaces in the neighborhood that facilitate human interaction, e.g. front yard benches, gazebos, etc.
- Build new features in neighborhood parks to facilitate people spending more time socializing with neighbors (e.g. canopies, benches and tables, etc.).
- Work with the City and a private vendor to establish a walk-up coffee kiosk at Tugman Park.
- A neighborhood art project(s) for kids and parents (e.g. paint fire hydrants or sidewalks).
- Create new neighborhood orchards or community gardens.
Contact us to help move these ideas to reality.