Next Group of Door Knockers Ready to Go!
Posted by meganmoriarty on April 29, 2009
On Monday night, over 20 neighbors from Wheaton and Silver Spring met at our office on Sligo Avenue to learn more about the Neighbors Campaign and sharpen their door knocking skills. After a quick dinner, we started getting to know each other by answering the question: “what is the most daring thing you have done recently?” For all of us involved in the Campaign, the last few months have been filled with bold and daring steps!
We jumped right into brainstorming ideas about what works while door knocking. Suggestions included: keeping an open mind (you never know what could be behind a door!); using “friendly persistence”; having door knockers that speak more than one language; asking lots of questions; listening, listening, listening; and inviting residents to make their own contributions to the Campaign along with referring them to the Neighborhood Service Centers and Neighbors Exchanges.
Our great partner Jayne Park from the Montgomery County Community Foundation then reviewed the forms we fill out and information we have to leave with residents. There were a number of good questions about what contact information we should be gathering and we will be continuing to talk about this.
Two “veteran” door knockers Tim Warner from the Office of Community Partnerships and Rosa Sanchez, a Community Connector at the Wheaton Neighborhood Service Center, then indulged the group with a mock door knock, which Frankie caught on video (see below).
Then we had a chance to break into small groups to practice with each other. Before ending for the night, we talked about our plans for this weekend to door knock at Glenmont Forest Apartments — right next to Catholic Charities.
Thanks to our non-profit partners: Maryland Vietnamese Mutual Association, Metropolitan Community Development Corporation and Community Bridges for actively participating in the training and giving us insight into your networks.
Our new group will be knocking on over 950 doors before the Neighbors Exchange on May 11th. Let us know if you would like to join us!