HI NEIGHBORS! Welcome to 2018!! Here in Westcore Neighbors, we want every year to be our best year yet! We’re always saying that life is better together, and it is! What does it mean to for our neighborhood to be better together? It can be so many things. As we start the new year, why not think about how you can live life well and be more connected to your neighborhood!
 Brainstorm Together
Save the date Jan 16 @ 6:30 PM at Brew Merchant for our annual visioning event! This neighborhood will be stronger, better, vibrant when we do it together! We need your voice, your participation!
 Prevent Together
On January 9 at 7pm there is going to be a community training opportunity at Nuestra Casa. Stephanie Williams & Stephanie VanDerKooi will be presenting a suicide prevention program aimed at helping people identify signs of someone contemplating or planning suicide and how to get them help.
 Participate Together
Keep up to date on small neighborhood social and informational gatherings by following Westcore Neighbors on Facebook, checking our website, or by emailing ncasa@westcoreneighbors for monthly calendars! One of the best ways to stay informed on opportunities to gather with neighbors and/or get involved in neighborhood improvement is to attend a Block Connector meeting on the first Monday of every month at Nuestra Casa: our Gathering Place!
 Shovel/Plow Snow Together
It’s that time of year! Especially if you have a snow-blower, consider blessing your neighbor by helping take care of their driveway just once and see how far just that one act of kindness can get you in connecting with neighbors!
 Learn Together
Learn about areas of need in our neighborhood by attending city council meetings or, again, by attending our neighborhood Block Connector Meeting on the first Monday of the month at Nuestra Casa!
 Plan Together
Sign up to help plan some of our annual neighborhood events such as: WestFest, Thanksgiving Potluck, or a Fundraising event!
 Eat Together
Invite a neighbor for dinner! Also — Stay tuned on what’s happening at Nuestra Casa to bring a new friend to our next neighborhood potluck, coffee social, or FREE bread class! Keep an eye out for Westcore Neighbors ice cream socials in the summer as well!
 Gather Together
If you’ve already begun getting to know your neighbors and are looking for a nice neutral space to get together, reserve Nuestra Casa! Nuestra Casa is available for neighbors to use! What sorts of gatherings? Euchre Tournaments, awareness events, yoga, cooking class, book club, potlucks, baby showers…you name it! Reserve by emailing email@example.com today!
 Communicate Together
If you know of a neighbor in need or with questions about city regulations, call us at Westcore Neighbors for help with finding answers: (616) 795-0053
 Be Safe Together
Westcore Neighbors is regularly in communication with our local police officers, and we will always do our best to provide opportunities for neighbors to gather together to discuss our neighborhood security. To organize a forum to discuss neighborhood issues with other neighbors and/or with an officer, contact us!
 Shop Local Together
Do you love the small-town feel of our neighborhood and having small businesses in walking distance? Don’t forget to frequent local stores and restaurants as much as possible. Changing just one habit (where you pick up your daily brew or get your quick takeout) can make a huge difference in keeping our small businesses stay open!
 Donate to Westcore Neighbors Together
Westcore Neighbors is a non-profit organization that depends completely on grants and donations from neighbors like you! If YOU believe in life being better together and want to make it possible for us to continue our work, then give today! Set up monthly donations by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org! Or give a one time donation using our PayPal link!
 Play Together!
Throw a block party for your neighbors and have fun together! Never thrown a block party before? We have! And we have all the resources you may need to get your planning started! Contact us today!
 Celebrate Together!
When a neighbor is celebrating a life event, take the time to say congrats! It goes a long way in building friendships to show you are happy for your neighbor! If you can hold a party, even better! You can even reserve Nuestra Casa for your next small party! It’s a nice, clean space for baby showers, bridal showers, Valentine’s day party, birthday parties!
 Serve Together
Here at Westcore Neighbors, we often are called by neighbors who are in need of help. Many times, neighbors are simply in need of someone being able to give them a hand with physical work that they are not able to do themselves. We also have a group who works together to help create affordable housing opportunities by volunteering time and skills to create better, more affordable rental properties. If you would like to be called upon occasionally to help someone in need, email us at email@example.com
 Walk Together
Ask a neighbor you’re trying to get to know better if they want to go on a walk! We live in one of the best walking neighborhoods, so take advantage of that!
 Volunteer Together
Sign up to volunteer caring for Nuestra Casa, our neighborhood gathering place OR sign up to volunteer at one of our annual Westcore events (i.e.Westfest and Thanksgiving Potluck) by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org!
 Connect Online Together
Start following our Westcore Neighbors Facebook page to connect with us and other neighbors OR Join Nextdoor! Nextdoor is private social network website that is targeted specifically for connecting locally. Create a profile and see posts about what’s happening, information, security concerns, providing services, getting recommendations for businesses, etc in our neighborhood specifically.
Comment below to share your ideas on ways we can live “better together” in 2018!
HAPPY NEW YEAR!
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