It’s impossible to condense over a year’s worth of door-knocking, Neighbors Exchanges, Neighbor Circles, network events, and relationships built into two pages, but this new report will give you a snapshot look at what we’ve been doing since February 2009: almost six thousand door-knocks and 1500 one-on-one conversations, and 650 unique residents participating in Campaign events. What’s more, there have been over 3,650 visits to the Neighborhood Service Centers since last April. Besides the crunching the numbers, the report highlights a couple of stories from the Campaign–the Nob Hill mutual support circle and the story of a Gaithersburg resident’s participation in the campaign–to give you a picture of what’s behind the statistics.
The most impressive of all? This report was completed based on data available as of March 31, 2010. But since the weather’s gotten so nice, we’ve been very busy since the beginning of April. You can add almost 1,300 door-knocks to the list, bring the total to over 7,000. Also new? about 600 new visits to the service centers during the month of March, two Neighbors Exchanges, two more Tuesdays Together sessions, and a whole lot more mutual support in Long Branch. Expect us to be just as busy in the coming months.
The graph included here shows some of what we’ve learned from the Campaign. After the first few months of door-knocking, we realized that residents were bringing up the same concerns over and over. We started tracking these common concerns, and found that overwhelmingly, residents are worried about employment issues–job security, reduced hours, or simply finding employment. Clearly, the economic crisis is impacting Montgomery County neighborhoods.
To read the the full report, click here.