Buzzing Like Cicadas
Posted by Neighborhood Opportunity Network on May 5, 2009
Thank you for your hard work and dedication to our community and County. Saturday was a blast. Personally, I was beaming from ear to ear – when the teams of door knockers “swarmed” the Summit Crest complex in Gaithersburg. We were literally all over the place buzzing like Cicadas as we yelled at each other “Did you go into this one (building) yet?”!!
We took a little break around 5:30pm, 30 minutes later than the scheduled shift-change. Needless to say some of us had been there since 12 noon. Those of us who were scheduled from 2-4pm had worked overtime right into the next 4-6pm shift. Unbeknownst to some of us, Winta took a few minutes to get some food for the team. We stood in the center of the complex and attacked the chicken, yucca, and fries. Residents were outside on their balconies talking and pointing at this peculiar group of people, the “Door Knockers”!! Most importantly, they were talking to each other about us and our purpose for being there i.e. Door-Knocking Campaign.
We refueled and moved to the next assignment: Crestwood Apartments.
Neighbors Exchange Meeting on 5/4/09 at Gaithersburg Elementary School
We arrived at 3pm to put some finishing touches to the door knocking, and to do last-minute reminders about the Neighbors Exchange Meeting at hand.
Desperate Situations, Desperate Measures
I am totally against anyone going to the door solo. Two of us went to different strategic places for last minute follow-up with the residents. The time was dwindling as we darted from one door to the next. We immediately changed strategy, and instead of knocking and waiting – we placed the fliers at central location (mailboxes) in the building and left! So we went into buildings that face each other – in order for us to be able to see each other 🙂 Some people answered the door and we informed them about the impeding meeting at 6:30pm. The highlight for me was going to the door and the residents coming to the door before I even knocked. They were beaming as they said “La reunion esta noche”? I don’t speak much Spanish, but I knew the door knockers and residents were in one accord! Residents were looking forward to the Neighbors Exchange Meeting, and Door knockers were expecting them there!
We requested 35 chairs set up in a circle for the meeting (with extra chairs on the side just in case). By 7pm when we started the program we had a very crowded, extremely crooked circle. The crowd was so large! We had an almost semi-circle around the circle! More and more people came a little after we broke out into different group discussions (Credit, Jobs, Emergency Services, Healthcare). It was quite a sight! I was humbled to tears!!
You are a force to be reckoned with, and I am honored to be part of your circle!