How to Start a Neighborhood Work Group

March 28, 2016 at 10:04 am Leave a comment

… thanks to a sharing project with my neighbors, I’ve discovered that there is room and a role for someone like me in home improvement projects. And forming a neighborhood work group fosters more connections in your neighborhood, not to mention finally repair those broken steps or rototill the back yard.

Once a month during the warm season, my partner Luan and I report for duty at one of six different neighborhood homes to help build a fence, paint a house, terrace a garden, put in a mosaic path, or what have you—with some eating and chatting thrown in. One month each year, the neighbors come to our house to work on our project. It’s great fun, and over the past four years we’ve saved thousands of dollars having our neighbors paint our house, fix the roof of our backyard patio, and put in retaining walls in the front garden.

I’m persuaded, now, that sharing the work with my neighbors is the way to a sense of community that’s worth a few blisters and is valuable way, way beyond the money we save by helping each other out. It makes me feel happier, safer, and more at home in my neighborhood—a part of something that’s connected and productive.

Here’s how you can organize your own neighborhood work group:

Read How to Start a Neighbourhood Work Group by Emily Doskow at Shareable.

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Entry filed under: Community, How-To, Resilience.

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