The Neighbors Campaign Kicks Off
Posted by Neighborhood Opportunity Network on July 24, 2009
Last night, members of the IMPACT Network from communities all over Montgomery County gathered to celebrate the Neighbors Campaign pilot program and refocus our energy toward the challenges that lie ahead.
The thoughts and stories we heard from Neighbors Campaign participants formed a clear message: there is still real hardship and isolation in our communities, but now, maybe more than ever, we have the energy, the passion, and the unique partnerships to create real change in Montgomery County through the Neighbors Campaign.
Jean Paul, a Gaithersburg resident, shared an animated story about his first interaction with the Neighbors Campaign. This past spring, Jean Paul received a knock on his door. There to greet him were Frankie and Hoan, two door knockers with the Neighbors Campaign. Jean Paul invited the pair in for a friendly conversation. Energized by the idea of reaching out to his neighbors to build relationships and strengthen his community, Jean Paul agreed to join Frankie and Hoan for the next round of door knocking. A few weeks later, while out knocking doors, Jean Paul connected a neighbor in need with emergency services at the new Gaithersburg Neighborhood Service Center. Because they formed a lasting relationship of mutual support, Jean Paul later learned that in addition to receiving direct assistance, the neighbor was also referred to a partner who helped him secure a part-time job.
Those present at the event last night signed up to knock on doors in their communities and provide other support to the Neighbors Campaign throughout the month of August, kicking off a massive effort that will reach 10,000 doors across the county over the coming year.
Please join us in rebuilding our communities, door by door, block by block.