About Neighbors Out & About
Neighbors Out & About (NOA) is a group of resident volunteers that plan, facilitate and/or participate in neighborhood events designed to encourage neighbors to get out into their community and become active, engaged and aware.
How It Works
NOA communicates regularly through an email group and meets quarterly to plan, facilitate and/or participate in neighborhood events designed to encourage neighbors to get out into their community and become active, engaged and aware.
The events range from block-wide to neighborhood-wide, and some are block-wide, but replicated throughout the neighborhood. Some examples of events that will be considered are: block parties, dog walks, (multi-)block clean-ups, themed bbqs/parties, block/neighborhood garage sale, job fairs, school fundraisers, and organized walks or patrols.
We will make a concerted effort to partner with as many neighborhood business, schools, churches and organizations as possible. At the events, we will have themes, speakers or brief, targeted, awareness trainings to add a light learning component, thus increasing awareness in areas important to building a strong community.
Why It Matters
The primary goal of this program is to build feelings of trust and solidarity between neighbors. A secondary goal of the program is to build awareness in areas that are important to building a strong community, such as: safety, diversity, schools, jobs, and utilization of services already in place.
Building a strong community has many benefits, and feeling a sense of belonging is likely the most important. Community can better your economic prospects. Those in your community—family, friends, neighbors—can help you find a job, or get a loan for a business or to buy a house. They can also teach you to garden or help you learn a new skill. They can help support you when you are unemployed and help you choose an educational direction. A strong community leads to stability and less crime. Perhaps the best reason to pursue more community in our lives is that it has proven to make us happier.
NOA plays an important role in improving and sustaining the level of neighborhood cohesion. Getting people out and about will create a more active set of engaged neighbors. Providing awareness and education in areas that are important to community building will help break down the barriers that lead to increased poverty and crime in our neighborhood. Building trust and bringing residents together should be the number one goal of any neighborhood.
How to Get Involved
Tower Grove East Neighborhood Ownership Model is seeking additional NOA volunteers! If you are interested in helping to plan, facilitate or just participate in neighborhood events, give us a call at (314) 884-1385, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or use the Contact Us form.