Building and Strengthening Neighborhoods and People

Neighborhood Institute Workshop Preview: “Oh Captain, My Captain” by Lottie Sneed

If your neighborhood is looking to start or grow a block captain network, “Oh Captain, My Captain” led by GHCC’s own Lottie Sneed is the workshop for you! To attend this workshop, and many others, register for the 2015 Neighborhood Institute here.

GHCC's Lottie Sneed (left)

GHCC’s Lottie Sneed (left)

A strong community will often have a healthy neighborhood association, meeting regularly and working with key stakeholders to improve quality of life. However, who are your other neighborhood leaders,  the residents who know about everything happening on their blocks? Block Captains! How can you identify these leaders and get them to work together to improve their blocks and strengthen your association? Creating a block captain network can both provide your neighborhood association with a boost and give an outlet for residents who want to be more engaged but aren’t ready for Board leadership positions.

In this workshop, GHCC’s community organizing team will walk participants through our process for recruiting, training, and developing block captains. This interactive session will include strategies for engaging neighbors and planning block events, while also helping neighborhood association leaders think about how to best plan and execute a formal block captain network.

GHCC’s annual Neighborhood Institute will be held on Saturday, April 18th, 2015 at the Baltimore Design School (1500 Barclay Street). To register for the event, follow this link. This year, the Institute will feature 36 workshops on a variety of topics relevant to community issues and City-wide opportunities. Check back here regularly for a preview of some of the workshops and presenters you can expect to see at this year’s Institute.

 


Neighborhood Institute Workshop Preview: “So Many Liquor Stores, So Little Space” by Cassie Greisen

If your neighborhood is looking to address problems of alcohol outlet density and nuisance, “So Many Liquor Stores, So Little Space” led by Cassie Greisen, will help you learn new strategies for addressing these issues. To participate in this workshop, and many others, register for the 2015 Neighborhood Institute here.

Greisen

Cassie Greisen

Alcohol outlets that engage in dangerous and illegal serving practices contribute to a wide variety of neighborhood problems. Communities across the United States are using planning and zoning as a complement to the state liquor licensing process to address alcohol outlet density and nuisance. This workshop will discuss the status of Baltimore’s zoning rewrite, the history of the Baltimore City Liquor Board, and its recent reform.

Led by Cassie Greisen, a program manager at the Center on Alcohol Marketing and Youth at the JHU Bloomberg School of Public Health, this workshop will explore how to diverse neighborhoods are working to address problem alcohol outlets in their communities. Representatives from York Road Partnership and Federal Hill Neighborhood Association will share strategies that were used in their recent liquor struggles.

GHCC’s annual Neighborhood Institute will be held on Saturday, April 18th, 2015 at the Baltimore Design School (1500 Barclay Street). To register for the event, follow this link. This year, the Institute will feature 36 workshops on a variety of topics relevant to community issues and City-wide opportunities. Check back here regularly for a preview of some of the workshops and presenters you can expect to see at this year’s Institute.

 


AmeriCorps VISTA Spotlight: Laquesha Wright

VISTA 019Laquesha Wright is a GHCC sponsored AmeriCorps VISTA serving at Maryland New Directions (MND) in Baltimore City to improve client relationships through a client focus program and increasing the effectiveness of the community partner outreach process as well as improving its relations with current employers.

My service experience as an AmeriCorps VISTA has been very influential in shaping my perspective on social policy issues.  Being an AmeriCorps VISTA volunteer opened my eyes to the possibilities of what service can be. AmeriCorps VISTA has been a great outlet for my passion of giving back. I have been able to explore the possibilities of service beyond direct service and I have learned ways to strengthen and support the initiative of an organization by coordinating community service programs, raising awareness, promoting justice work, and providing logistical/administrative support.

CAB MeetingI have been able to work alongside MND to create sustainable resources that can be used to better impact the Baltimore community and contribute to its elevation. My work at MND has enabled me to focus on how to combine different skills and ways of thinking to help the community to achieve a common goal. Due to the service work I have done, I have developed a strong sense of connection to the people and things around me. Through these service experiences I have been able to work with many diverse people, which have changed, my current perception of the world and of social justice issues. My service work compels me to understand the origins of structural injustices and the policies that have perpetuated them on a global as well as national scale.


Neighborhood Institute Workshop Preview: “It’s More Than Just a Newsletter” by Kathy Nelson

If you are trying to improve your community’s communication methods, “It’s More Than Just a Newsletter” led by Kathy Nelson, is for you. To participate in this workshop, and many more, register for the 2015 Neighborhood Institute here.

Union SqWell-connected neighborhoods require strong and varied forms of communication. Neighborhood communication methods can be as unique as Baltimore’s neighborhoods, from multipage printed newsletters to NextDoor accounts and social media. Each of these techniques has advantages and disadvantages, and all need to be tailored to support your community. In the Union Square neighborhood, leaders have taken the talents of their residents to create a strong and stable communication structure, based around a regular printed newsletter.

Led by Union Square resident and broadcast professional Kathy Nelson, this workshop will offer a panel discussion outlining the steps in creating this newsletter, including layout, printing, and distribution. The workshop will also include tips for managing your neighborhood’s social media and online communications. If you are trying to improve your community’s communication methods, this workshop is for you.

GHCC’s annual Neighborhood Institute will be held on Saturday, April 18th, 2015 at the Baltimore Design School (1500 Barclay Street). Register by following this link. This year, the Institute will feature 36 workshops on a variety of topics relevant to community issues and City-wide opportunities. Check back here regularly for a preview of some of the workshops and presenters you can expect to see at this year’s Institute.


Neighborhood Institute Workshop Preview: “Orchards and Food Forests” by Ben Howard

If you are looking for a new and creative use for vacant space in your neighborhood, “Orchards and Food Forests: the Whats, Hows, and Whys” led by Ben Howard will be perfect for you. To participate for this workshop, and many others, register for the 2015 Neighborhood Institute here.

Ben Howard of the Baltimore Orchard Project

Ben Howard of the Baltimore Orchard Project

When neighborhoods think about starting a garden on a piece of local land, they normally consider a community garden, where residents grow their own vegetables, herbs, and flowers for individual or communal harvest. This model of urban gardening works great, but a new idea is popping up all across America: urban orchards. Gardeners in urban orchards plant trees that grow fruits to be distributed to neighbors in need throughout a community. Fruit trees create a new dynamic from traditional gardens, providing spaces where neighbors can meet, rest, and seek refuge from the rush of the day. They bring pleasant blossoms and aromas in the spring, shade and comfort in the summer and food and fun in the fall.

In this workshop, Ben Howard from the Baltimore Orchard Project will discuss the advantages of urban orchards and how they can be incorporated alongside annual food gardens. He will also give expert knowledge on how to plan and plant an orchard in your community.

GHCC’s annual Neighborhood Institute will be held on Saturday, April 18th, 2015 at the Baltimore Design School (1500 Barclay Street). To register for the event, follow this link. This year, the Institute will feature 36 workshops on a variety of topics relevant community issues and City-wide opportunities. Check back here regularly for a preview of some of the workshops and presenters you can expect to see at this year’s Institute.