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Neighborhood Watch Groups Menu of Possible Activities
In addition to holding the two basic Neighborhood Watch meetings to establish your group and learn about home security and personal safety, the following list of activities offered as a way to help build your block's spirit and unity which is the foundation of a safe, cohesive neighborhood.
o Hold a block party on National Night Out
o Develop an e-mail distribution group for your block
o Hold a block garage sale
o Hold a monthly movie night
o Sponsor an Earth Day project in your neighborhood
o Arrange for a bulky goods pick up
o Arrange for a neighborhood tree planting
o Develop a baby sitting co-op
o Sponsor a neighborhood book club
o Arrange for CORE (disaster preparedness) training for the group and set up a block command center.
o Help neighbors with gardening projects
o Sponsor a neighborhood composting or community gardening project.
o Sponsor neighborhood paint and toxic run to the disposal site.
o Know where everyone's gas and water shut off valves are in case of an emergency.
Developing the Neighborhood Watch Map and Roster
At the Neighborhood Watch (NW) meeting, you will be provided with a sign-in sheet to use as a basis for your NW roster. You may develop your own roster format, as well.
The roster should include the following information:
o Each NW member's full name (printed)
o Each member's street address
o Member's contact telephone number
(number may be a pager, home number, work number, cell phone, etc.)
o Member's e-mail address (if they have one)
o The roster should denote each Block Captain and Alternate Block Captain
The map should reflect the physical shape of your street. If your street is a typical block with a cross street intersection, then make sure both street names show. If your street is a court or a loop/circle, the map should reflect the nearest cross street at the end of the court, loop/circle and the court, loop/circle. Show all the house numbers in the area that is part of the NW, even if the residents of that house do not participate in NW. Your map should also show an arrow pointing North to give the general layout of the street (North/South or East/West). That way any NW member looking at the map knows the correct address to give the police dispatcher, if they call about activity anywhere on the street and they can direct someone to a location on the street. By looking at the map they can say "the location is two houses North of my location and the address is 123 Main Street."
Please call the Neighborhood Watch Coordinator, Brenda Ivey at 238-3091 for more information.