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How to be a Westford Connector
Here are some checklists, guidelines, templates created by the Westford Connects team members as they have begun the work of reaching out and connecting their neighborhoods. These are a distillation of our experiences over the past months — what we actually did and what we found worked well.
Please use these as guidelines as you get started, and contact us to let us know how it’s going. We would love to hear from you and learn from your experiences so we can add more guidelines for all who follow.
More Information, Inspiration, and Ideas
- The Neighbor Challenge
- Westford Eagle article, 30th Aug 2012.
- 26 Ways to Make Great Places
- Ten Ways to Create Community Where You Live
- 44 ways to build community
Topics to Connect Neighbors
Here is a list of topics of interest or concern that could possibly be used as a way to connect homes in a neighborhood and bring people together face-to-face, neighbor-to-neighbor for conversation, sharing information and experiences, finding common solutions, or just for support.
- Favorite activities that could be shared, e.g. pickup basketball, walking, walking pets.
- Hobbies that might spark interest and connections.
- Encourage the love of reading while connecting by building a Little Free Library.
- Safety during a hurricane, or winter storm, e.g., offering shelter, checking on seniors.
- Sharing during an extended power outage, e.g., charging cellphones on a generator.
- Tools/equipment that might be shared, e.g., snow blower, leaf blower, chain saw.
- (Read article: When Neighbors Share Lawn Mowers)
- Skills/services that might be offered — exchanged or bartered.
- Playgroups needed for parents and young children.
- Concerns about the safety of middle-school children as they gain greater independence.
- Caring for aging parents and other concerns for seniors.
- Concerns about care and education of children with special needs or disabilities.
- Parents and children coping with addictions and or concerns about substance abuse.
- Concerns about bullying and other forms of domestic violence.