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The Greater Alliance Neighborhood of New Jersey is a diverse community that offers many opportunities for people to get involved. Here are some frequently asked questions about our organization and how you can become more involved. If you still have a question not addressed, feel free to contact us and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible!
What are block associations and resident associations?
An association of residents of a particular area who work together to maintain a safe and attractive neighborhood.
How to start a Block Association
When residents get organized into neighborhood groups like block associations, tenants’ groups, or civic associations they become a force for dealing with local problems and building a better neighborhood. When neighbors get together around a common issue, they are able to get things done that individuals cannot. If you think your building, block or neighborhood should be organized, look over the six steps explained below. They are drawn from the experiences of thousands of residents that are organizing their buildings, cleaning up their neighborhoods, planting and maintaining community gardens, improving schools, combating racism, or otherwise working to improve neighborhood livability.
A. DEFINE AND RESEARCH THE ISSUES
B. RESEARCH THE COMMUNITY
C. BUILD A CORE GROUP
D. HOLD A CORE GROUP MEETING
E. REACH OUT TO THE COMMUNITY
F. PLAN A GENERAL MEETING
What are the benefits of starting a block association?
It can serve several functions in a neighborhood. They can provide social opportunities to help neighbors get to know one another, through planning block parties and other events. They can also provide functional opportunities to plan for security, holiday decorating ideas and/or plant coordination.
How can I be a member of Greater Neighborhood Alliance?
GNA hosts community meetings every second Monday of each month, you can join us to voice your concerns and help create solutions by also joining one of the GNA Steering Committees, send an email to GNA15213@gmail.com for more information.
How can I volunteer for GNA Community Garden?
You can contact GNA Garden coordinator Ms. Deborah French at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.