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Neighbors Exchanging

Posted by meganmoriarty on August 25, 2009

From LCW in Silver Spring & Neighbors Exchange 8.19.09
From LCW in Silver Spring & Neighbors Exchange 8.19.09
From LCW in Silver Spring & Neighbors Exchange 8.19.09
From LCW in Silver Spring & Neighbors Exchange 8.19.09

On Wednesday night, over 60 neighbors from the Glenmont Forest, Oakfield and Westerly Park Apartments participated in the Neighbors Exchange at the Catholic Charities building right on Georgia Avenue.

After all the door knocking over the past two weeks, we were expecting a good turnout but were blown away by the energy these 60+ residents brought to the hot gym! We soon realized the translation equipment was not going to work (apparently steel beams interrupt the frequency — yet another thing to keep in mind while organizing community meetings!), so we started in a large circle and quickly broke up into pairs. This way everyone had the opportunity to get to know at least one of their neighbors and discuss what they liked about their community and why they attended the session.

Neighbors like Ayad and Celia met for the first time — watch this quick video to hear their reactions (it’ll also give you an idea of how loud it was in that gym! sorry for the poor audio quality.):

Participants then broke into groups based on their questions (health care services, jobs, finances, emergency services). In the jobs circle, we had help from Fernando of CASA de Maryland, Hugh of Montgomery Works and Tricia of the Latino Economic Development Corporation. Neighbors shared their questions about looking for jobs, but also shared tips about where to look — such as one woman who shared that Marriott was hiring housekeepers for a new hotel!

Thanks to everyone who attended and helped us pull this off! Watch some of these neighbors recount their experiences and you’ll see your work was well worth it…Neighbors built relationships with each other and left with useful information for themselves and to share in their apartment buildings.

One Response to “Neighbors Exchanging”

  1. Samantha said

    Hey IMPACT!

    I’m following the blog from school – this Neighbors Exchange looks like it was an AWESOME success! 60 people, and so much talk and positive reactions and people leaving the room satisfied and energized!! I’m so excited!!

    -Samantha

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