Block Party Toolkit to be unveiled during Best Week Ever / NRC has moved / Kennedy Park Hydrant Painting / Advanced NLA is underway / and more

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Neighborhood Resources Connection
115 N. William St.
South Bend IN 46601

Ron Silverman
NRC Board President

Diana Hess
Executive Director
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Neighborhood Leadership Academy 
Consuella Hopkins, NLA
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Advanced Neighborhood Leadership Academy is underway

More than twenty representatives from South Bend neighborhoods and associations joined NRC last Thursday to kick off the 2018 Neighborhood Leadership Academy. Over the next nine weeks, these participants will focus on helping their neighborhood organizations answer these key questions: what do your neighbors want for their neighborhood, which should your organization do first, and how can you use small wins to create forward momentum? 

Last week, the participants began by brainstorming and sharing their own ideas for better neighborhoods. See photos. Tonight the participants will discuss Servant Leadership in Neighborhood Associations, presented by the City of South Bend’s Director of Community Outreach, Cherri Peate. Follow the 2018 Academy

Yard games, anyone? Come see NRC’s Block Party Toolkit during Best. Week. Ever, May 29 & 30.

NRC has a new program in the works! We’re excited to be unveiling our Block Party Toolkit (twice!) during South Bend’s signature Best. Week. Ever. celebration. 

On Tuesday’s Rebel Art Festival or Wednesday’s Best Wednesday Ever, grab a friend and come try "giant" Jenga, "giant" Yahtzee, cornhole, and more -- all part of the Neighborhood Resources Connection's new Block Party Toolkit, a collection of everything you need to host a fun, outdoor neighborhood event -- all free for your South Bend neighborhood organization to borrow. While you're here, check out the other items in the Toolkit, including a pop-up canopy, tables, PA system, yard signs, even a wagon to haul it all. 

We’ll also unveil the details on how your recognized neighborhood organization can borrow the toolkit, so stop by NRC’s Best. Pop-up Block Party. Ever. on May 29, or May 30. More Information.

Thank you, Tapas & Tango Supporters

Many thanks to all who helped make Tapas & Tango 2018 a success! When the biggest hiccup of the evening was getting a slightly late start while we set up an additional table for an overflow crowd, we’d say that was a successful event. See event photos (or share your own) on our Facebook page. 

Extra thanks to Spanish Heart and Emily and Joventino from South Bend Latin Dance for a fun and entertaining evening of Latin music and dance, and to Tapastrie for cooking up an amazing assortment of charcuterie and tapas on site. 

And, last but most, thanks to our attendees, silent auction contributors, and these partners for supporting South Bend neighborhoods through the work of NRC:

NRC’s Little House in the Prairie (Building)

We’ve moved! We’ve said goodbye to our neighbors DTSB, Pigeon & Hen Pottery and The Acting Ensemble and hello to new neighbors a few blocks west. NRC’s new office is located at 115 N. William. While we’re still unpacking for now, watch for more information soon about our new Resource Room: training/meeting space for neighborhood organizations, complete with reconfigurable furniture, presentation technology, “tons” of dry erase boards (we should know - we lifted them), wheelchair accessibility, and on-site advising and resources to help take your neighborhood organization to the next level.

Kennedy Park announces second neighborhood improvement event

In addition to their already-scheduled Neighborhood Cleanup day this Saturday (Facebook event), the Kennedy Park Neighborhood Association announces a Fire Hydrant Painting Day on Monday (yes, Monday!) May 14. If you'd like to help out, 9:00 am is the time to meet up with the Notre Dame student volunteers at the Notre Dame Center for Arts & Culture, grab some refreshments and supplies (provided), and head out to show your Kennedy Park neighborhood pride. Details on KPNA's Facebook event or their NRC webpage.

River Park neighborhood seeks newsletter distribution volunteers

Door-to-door newsletter distribution has always been one of the best ways to make sure your neighbors have an opportunity to participate in their neighborhood organization and events, so we love seeing the River Park Neighborhood Association's call for newsletter distribution volunteers for the weekend of May 25-27. If you'd like to get to know your neighborhood and neighbors a little better (and get some steps in!), volunteer through their Facebook group

Sunnymede Speaker Series - Tuesday, May 15

Next Tuesday, Sunnymede Neighborhood Association members welcome District 3 Councilwoman Sharon McBride, a police officer from the SBPD, and Jackie Appleman from South Bend’s Venues, Parks, and Arts to talk about the Best. Week. Ever. 

Tuesday May 15, 6:30-8:00 p.m. at the Jefferson Intermediate Center Library. Park in the north parking lot and enter through through Door 1 or the main entrance on Eddy St. Facebook event (note: group is a 'closed group'). More about the Sunnymede Neighborhood.

Tonight: Near Northwest Neighborhood annual meeting and mixer

Following a short social gathering, the Near Northwest Neighborhood, Inc. will hold its Annual Meeting to present its annual report, celebrate its successes over the past year, and to elect new board members. All residents are welcome to attend, meet public officials and your neighbors, and become members of the NNN organization.

Thursday, May 10 at 5:30 p.m. at the NNN Community Center, 1013 Portage. For more information, see the NNN website or their Facebook event

Calendar of Events

Coming Up:

  • River Park Neighborhood Association meeting: Thursday, May 10, 7:00 p.m., River Park Library branch, 2022 Mishawaka Avenue. Details
  • Monroe Park Neighborhood Association meeting: Thursday, May 10, 7:30pm – 9:00pm, Salvation Army Building, 540 S. Carroll. Details
  • Northeast Neighborhood Council meeting: Monday, May 14, 5:30-7:00 p.m. 803 North Notre Dame Avenue, South Bend, IN . Details
  • SOAR (Southeast Organized Area Residents) meeting: the May 2018 meeting will take place on the third Tuesday of the month as opposed to the usual second Tuesday. The meeting will be held on Tuesday, May 15 at 6:00 p.m. at Broadway Christian Parish. Please consult association leaders for confirmation. Details
Save the Date: South Bend Common Council Meetings
St. Joseph County Council Meetings
The Neighborhood Resources Connection in South Bend is an affiliate member of Neighborhoods USA. NRC programs are free to South Bend residents and are funded in part with the assistance of the City of South Bend Community Development Program with funds made available by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development under Title I of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1977.




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