Walla Walla’s Neighborhood Engagement Program is intended to facilitate neighborhood community, engagement, and ownership. It does so by providing an opportunity for individuals to plan and participate in programs that will contribute to the well-being of the street, block, or area in which they live.
To realize this goal, the Neighborhood Engagement Program partners directly with members of the community in order to address issues and ideas that residents themselves have identified as applicable and needed in their neighborhood.
The Coordinator of this program will then work with these neighborhood representatives to craft strategies for achieving the goals that neighbors have collectively identified and develop the resources needed for such strategies to be successful.
As the Neighborhood Engagement Program was only recently begun in August 2019, it is still undergoing its trial phase. While the full resources of this program will ultimately be available to all Walla Walla residents, this pilot period is initially geared towards a small group of neighborhoods that will help evaluate how the program can be applied and expanded successfully.
For the time being, the program is limited to a group of three to five neighborhood pilot partners that are working to address issues they have identified within their community relating to health and safety, civic engagement, community building, and/or physical neighborhood development.
After the pilot has concluded in April 2020, the program will be gradually expanded to the rest of Walla Walla with permission from the City Council.
Sound interesting? Simply identify an area in your neighborhood — from just a few houses to the whole block, or more — and you can be a self-starting Neighborhood Liaison! For more information or assistance, contact Cameron Conner at Cconner@wallawallawa.gov and check out our Neighborhood Toolbox at right to get started!