Are you just getting started organizing your neighborhood?
Read on but don’t let the list below be overwhelming. Remember, Neighborhood Alliance will help with every one of these steps. We can get you in contact with people who have successfully organized their own neighborhood. You can make a difference. We will help you.
- Talk to other neighbors to determine the level of interest in starting a neighborhood association.
- Determine logical neighborhood boundaries. Choose streets that bound all sides of your neighborhood: north, south, east & west.
- Contact Neighborhood Alliance at (405) 528-6322.
- We will check to insure that there is not an existing neighborhood within your chosen boundaries.
- We will send out an organizing information packet.
- Attend an organizing meeting with Neighborhood Alliance. These are generally the first Monday of the month, but the schedule does change for holidays, etc. Reserve a seat by calling (405) 528-6322. It is recommended that you select three or four neighbors who share your interest in getting organized. This will be your Steering Committee.The responsibilities of this committee are:
- Meet with Neighborhood Alliance to accomplish your organizing goals.
- Write a set of by-laws to be presented for vote by the entire membership.
- Encourage residents to run for the board positions. Present this slate of officers to the whole membership for vote.
- Set the agenda for the first organizational meeting.
- Advertise the organizational meeting in the neighborhood and encourage attendees.
- After the initial Steering Committee meeting, it is time to schedule a neighborhood-wide organizational meeting.
- Reserve a location; preferably a public place, not a private home. Ideas include a church, school, Police Department, Fire Station, or meeting room facility.
- Distribute flyers to everyone in the neighborhood and ask them to attend. Tell them the purpose and list an agenda.
- Ask neighborhood kids, Boy or Girl Scout Troop, Camp Fire Troop or local school to help in distribution of the flyers. Some grade schools have a system to distribute important papers to their parents, so ask if they can help distribute your flyers.
- Light snacks can be served if desired, but it is not necessary.
- First meeting:
- Keep it informational and very upbeat.
- Explain the purpose and the benefits of an association
- Invite Neighborhood Alliance to be a guest speaker
- Open the floor to questions
- Encourage everyone to talk
- Point out the benefits: social outlets, safety, less crime, beautification projects, better communication with City Officials, and ultimately HIGHER PROPERTY VALUES.
- Assure everyone you are not starting a mandatory homeowner’s association and you are not a punitive group aimed at pointing out everyone’s faults.
- Discuss what will occur during the second meeting, including:
- Vote on officers.
- Vote on By-laws (pass them out at first meeting).
- Discussion of dues.
- Citizen’s Patrol or crime watch program (if applicable).
- Remind the people attending that you will invite representatives of your local fire and police and your local City Council Representative for the third meeting.
- Once you are a neighborhood organization, you will be able to access all the tools and resources Neighborhood Alliance has to offer. You will be able to participate in the following benefits:
- Receive monthly Crime Statistics specific to your neighborhood (For neighborhoods within OCPD service area).
- Order neighborhood crime prevention signage at a wholesale price.
- Speakers Bureau.
- A strong voice with city council, police, and fire departments.
- Involvement with Neighbors Night Out, Neighborhood Leaders for Today.
- You will receive our informative newsletter, The Corner Post.
Neighborhood Alliance does not assess annual dues to our members, but we do encourage all member associations to donate annually. Most organizations give $100.00 or more per year.
Remember, just like your association, we are dependent on donations in order to exist.