It's hard to believe, but Neighborhood Networks Week 2010 is just
one month away! And this year, the weeklong nationwide observance
will be even more meaningful as it will honor the Initiative's 15th
anniversary and follow the theme, A Successful Past, a Promising
Future. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
(HUD) invites all Neighborhood Networks centers to recognize this
momentous milestone by hosting a local event that showcases their
achievements and spotlights their hopes for the future.
It's Not Too Late to Host an Event
If you are thinking that one month is not nearly enough time to
plan a Neighborhood Networks Week event, think again. During Neighborhood
Networks Week 2009, centers across the country hosted hundreds of
local events that ranged in size and complexity from potluck meals
to community festivals. Remember: Your event need not be an elaborate
affair. A small, well-planned event can have a significant positive
impact on your center and go a long way in making staff, residents,
partners, and volunteers feel appreciated.
Planning Help Is Here
To help center staff with their event planning, HUD created the
Networks Week Event Planning Guide. Filled with event ideas,
strategies, and tips for planning and hosting a successful event,
the Neighborhood Networks Week Event Planning Guide includes a step-by-step
overview of the event planning process, as well as numerous resources
that center staff can use to plan and host their event.
Remember to Register!
No matter what type of event you decide to host in observance of
Neighborhood Networks Week, remember to register
your event! Your event will be entered into an online database
that is maintained on the Neighborhood Networks Web site. The database
is a useful promotional outlet as it contains important event details
and demonstrates Neighborhood Networks' expansive depth and breadth
to partners and stakeholders. Registration is easy and only takes
a few minutes.