Neighbors Exchange in Long Branch
Posted by Neighborhood Opportunity Network on March 11, 2009
Last night we sponsored our first Neighbors Exchange session, modeled on IMPACT’s earlier participatory workshops in apartment communities in 2007 and 2008. This session focused on helping people better understand two core aspects of financial well-being – understanding and using credit, and saving money. We enjoyed a lively session with about 20 diverse neighbors and community partners, held in the media room of New Hampshire Estates Elementary School. Thanks to Vanessa Pinto, a leader in the Neighborhood IMPACT program and Jennifer Delorge, parent coordinator for the school, for all of their help in reaching out to the community.
In addition to knocking on the doors of over 100 people, a team of six community organizers fanned out to four large apartment complexes before the session, to encourage people to come as they arrived home from work. Check out below the video comments from Alisa, an attendee who talks about how important it is for her to meet neighbors and how she barters services. Also peek in on the conversation of the three key organizers, Megan, Lilana and Winta, as they reflect on how the event went and what they might do differently next time.