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.


Barclay is on the Move!

With the support and dedication of Lottie Sneed, GHCC’s Barclay Community Builder, residents in the Barclay neighborhood continue to make strides in building and stronger, and more beautiful, community.

Barclay residents receive a Spruce Up grant on May 9th

Barclay residents with GHCC’s Lottie Sneed receive a Spruce Up grant on May 9th

The Bold, Beautiful, and Brilliant Barclay team was awarded a $21,000 Spruce Up Grant for beautification and greening of the Barclay neighborhood.  The team, composed of old and new residents, worked diligently to propose a vision that would send a message of community pride to neighborhood visitors. You may recall from our past post Barclay Green Efforts in Full Gear that community residents had already begun working on  flower gardens and greening spaces at 20th and Guilford as well as 24th and Barclay Streets. These new funds will help residents complete these projects as well as support the implementation of  trees and tree wells will be and the completion of an orchard.  Moreover, boarded up properties will receive paint and art design and there will be community outreach and support to reduce trash on the streets with strategically placed trash cans.  We will have a busy summer – come out and join us.