Building Networks in the Snow
Posted by irakowler on December 8, 2009
This past Saturday, the DC metro region received its first snowfall of the season. Many in the area likely took the opportunity to make some hot chocolate and curl up beside the fireplace with a good book. The Wheaton Neighbor Corps participants, however, braved the snow and trekked to the Catholic Charities building to explore networks and their community.
We were rewarded for our courage with a delicious breakfast cooked by our fellow participant Martha Santos. With our bellies full, we spent the morning learning about our connections as a Neighbor Corps network. Yamileth shared the story of how the Neighbor Corps network helped her get a job with Walkiria’s non-profit, Centro de Apoyo Familiar. Additionally, Walkiria was able to rent space at Amie’s office building after conversations they had during Neighbor Corps. Roxanne and Barbara also told how their shared interests led to a connection over the issue of the Wheaton community center. They have used the Neighbor Corps network to get others involved and receive help with grant writing.
In the afternoon, we transitioned from exploring existing networks to learning how to build new networks in our neighborhoods. We split into four teams, each one based in a Wheaton apartment community. Each team will have the responsibility of holding one dinner for their neighbors. Miguel’s team is ahead of the curve- he’s already held two Circles in his house! We can’t wait to see what the other teams put together!