Ready to go door knocking?
Posted by meganmoriarty on November 9, 2009
That was the question we posed to the Wheaton Neighbor Corps group on Saturday morning. And they responded with a loud yes!
After a morning of practice and role playing, we headed out to the Peppertree Farm Apartments — a large (nearly 900 units!) complex off Bel Pre Road, right next to the Wheaton Seventh Day Adventist Church. We chose this area for a few reasons: first, Martha from Neighbor Corps lives there. Second, we held an information session there this summer and had good response from residents interested in learning more about the Campaign. Third, we connected with the pastor at the SDA Church next door and are pleased to be partnering with him to offer a Neighbors Exchange on Tuesday night there!
I’m pleased say, that in less than 2 hours we knocked on over 300 doors and spoke with over 70 neighbors.
When we re-grouped, we discussed things to improve about our door knocking. A number of participants felt that we should do more fun events to get the word out and to make neighbors feel comfortable getting involved — and I agree 🙂
We all agreed that going out in pairs is key: this lets us work off each others’ strengths and then no one person is responsible for conveying all the key messages. I definitely appreciated my partner Amie! She was very good at explaining the big picture of the Campaign and persistent with even the most reserved residents.
We will be heading back out this afternoon to keep getting the word out about the Neighbors Exchange! Let us know if you want to join us.