Friday, August 31, 2012

77 Reasons to Call it a Success

This past Thursday night 77 people gathered under the trees at the West Willow Community Resource Center (CRC) to discuss the fate of our Neighborhood Association, the volunteer resident run 501c3 nonprofit that serves as the home for our neighborhood's collective interests.

What brought everyone together was a call to action, a call to serve.  If people do not volunteer to serve, the neighborhood will lose this invaluable resource.  Here are just a few of the things that the West Willow residents have accomplished in the last five years, proving that an organized community is a productive community:

  • A 5 year strategic plan written in 2006 with the help of Washtenaw County and Ypsilanti Township
  • Beautiful entry signs at the two main entrances, announcing where you are
  • 5 Security cameras stationed at main exits to deter crime
  • A Citizen Patrol team, keeping eyes and ears on the streets
  • A 8 week Summer Youth Program that has been free to kids and run by volunteers for the last 11 years
  • A $16,000 grant awarded for the 2013 Summer Youth Program and neighborhood mapping project
  • An established Community Garden, with harvest available free of charge to any resident
  • A rental unit inspection program with Ypsilanti Township
  • Introduction videos on YouTube sharing our neighborhood

If you joined us Thursday night, then we're happy you made it.  If you missed the meeting and still want to know more about what's going on in your backyard, about how you can make your neighborhood a better place to live, then join us at these upcoming meetings (all at the CRC):

Monday, September 17th, 7:00-8:30pm -- vote to change the Constitution to allow any resident or landlord over the age of 18 to serve on the board, without a minimum meeting requirement (but with a 1 year prior residency requirement for renters).

Monday, October 15th, 7:00-8:30pm -- Nominations due by end of the meeting for people who want to serve

Monday, November 19th 7:00-8:30pm -- Annual Meeting and the voting in of the NEW BOARD!

To the 77 who made it --> YOU ROCK!

Angela Barbash
President, NWWNA