Neighborhood Project & Event Ideas

August 5th, 2009 by webmaster

Whether socializing or working together toward resolving a neighborhood problem, neighborhood events and projects provide an opportunity for residents to get to know their neighbors. Get ideas for projects from your residents by asking them what they like to do as hobbies or in their spare time. You can help to start groups who like to go boating, bowling, play golf or tennis, or you may find common interests in knitting or creative writing. You could start a book club or a craft group…. Be creative! Below are some ideas for projects and events that your neighborhood can implement:

Ideas for Neighborhood Events

  • Hold a membership drive, awarding those who recruit the most new members
  • Neighborhood block party or festival (see Organizing a Block Party)
  • Neighborhood cook-out, picnic, barbecue, or potluck
  • National Night Out (contact the Police Department for more information)
  • Holiday celebrations
  • Community garden
  • Neighborhood T-shirts
  • Scrapbook or video
  • Form a team and participate in a Parks and Recreation sport
  • Neighborhood clean-up
  • Tree planting/flower planting event
  • Neighborhood Crime Watch program
  • Security lighting
  • Yard-of-the-Month award
  • Paint-up/Fix-up projects
  • Cook-outs following volunteer and charity events

Ideas for Senior Citizens

  • Organize a car pool to help seniors who cannot drive for doctor visits, shopping, etc.
  • Hold activities for seniors – games, senior bike or walking club
  • Property clean-up and lawn maintenance and/or landscaping

Ideas for Children & Youth

  • Back-to-school party
  • School supply drive
  • Tutoring program
  • Put on a children’s holiday play
  • Scary kid contest for Halloween or bike decorating contest for 4th of July
  • Neighborhood talent show
  • Neighborhood Easter Egg Hunt (and other holiday events)
  • Include children and youth in charity, volunteer, and fundraising events
  • Youth Leadership Training
  • Include youth on committees to organize events or research issues affecting the children and youth of the neighborhood
  • Encourage the youth to form teams and sign up for a Youth Athletics Program with the Parks & Recreational department

Fundraising Ideas

  • Garage sales
  • Bake sales
  • Holiday Home Tours – ask 6 or 7 neighbors to host an open house and sell tickets to the event. Provide a map and information about each home to partygoers. Encourage people to take a walking tour of the neighborhood visiting homes, sampling goodies and enjoying fellowship. Ask the children to set up lemonade or hot chocolate stands along the path.
  • Neighborhood Art Sale – Many of your neighbors create crafts, sew, or paint. Ask people to donate their art to be sold, or conduct an art contest for neighborhood youth.
  • Sell Advertising
  • Car wash
  • Charge for events/contests at block parties and other social events (e.g.: cake walk, dunking booth, pie in the face, etc)
  • Plant/flower/shrubbery sale
  • Softball games – city staff vs. neighborhood, adults vs. youth
  • Partner with a local restaurant to have a neighborhood night event for 10% of earnings
  • Work at concession stands at school events for a percent of the profit.

Ideas for Charity and Volunteer Events

  • Work with city-wide volunteer events
  • Participate in toy drives and/or food drives
  • The Police Department offers a variety of volunteer opportunities with Animal Services, Victim Services, Park Rangers, or Police Chaplains.
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