Eighteen community leaders from across central Baltimore joined forces at GHCC offices on January 9 for our first Neighborhood Leaders Forum of 2013. They shared their expert knowledge and together, brainstormed solutions to ongoing neighborhood issues that span the city: littering, safety, engaging residents to get more involved in their communities, and other key group concerns.
The Forums are intended to provide an opportunity for both seasoned and new community activists to learn organizing skills and provide each other with advice, insight, and sometimes even personal support. Sharon Guida of Charles Village spoke candidly about the challenges that often accompany being a committed neighborhood leader, “I work three jobs, though I only get paid for one!”
With a stronger sense of camaraderie, participants left the Forum in high spirits, with one noting in her evaluation that “The fellowship was the best! It is comforting to know so many good people really care [for their community].” All in all, everyone felt well-informed, inspired, and had fun! GHCC will be hosting a series of Neighborhoood Leaders Forums throughout the year, and each of these leaders have committed to attending four.