Project Backer: Enough Pie & City of Charleston
The Neighborhood Toolkit was created by the City of Charleston in partnership with Enough Pie, a local non-profit using creativity to connect and empower the community.
The toolkit provides support and sample materials for neighborhood associations to help create and maintain dynamic and connected communities. It includes an introduction to the City of Charleston team members who support neighborhood efforts, ideas for organizing neighborhood meetings, templates for meeting materials, new ways to communicate and more.
According to the City of Charleston press release, March 8, 2017, “Mayor Tecklenburg said, ‘Neighborhood Councils lie at the very heart of our city, working day in and day out to preserve and protect our city’s livability and our citizens’ quality of life. This new toolkit has been designed from ground up to help them in those efforts, and we thank Cathryn Zommer and everyone else at Enough Pie for their hard work and commitment to excellence on this important project.’
Enough Pie’s Executive Director Cathryn Zommer responds, ‘Connected neighborhoods are a key component for strong civic engagement on the local level. We identified the shared need from residents for tools to lead more productive and positive meetings, facilitate communications and outreach, and tap creative ideas for fundraising and fellowship. The goal is for neighborhood associations to feel less like work and more like neighbor-driven community building — finding meaningful ways to connect and be empowered. The City of Charleston is a great partner and we are thrilled to be part of this dynamic collaboration.”
City of Charleston staff members who work directly with neighborhoods include – Su Griffin, Manager of Neighborhood Services, and Dan Riccio, Director of Livability and Tourism.
Neighborhood leaders, residents, and potential leaders, in addition to neighborhood associations and councils.
HURDLES + CHALLENGES
Building social capital and leadership is an ongoing process. Persistence and patience are critical to having strong, fair, and transparent neighborhood governance.
Enough Pie provides additional resources for neighborhoods in the Upper Peninsula, including creative placemaking projects and events.
Complete Toolkit @ City of Charleston