Jan 26, 2007

More info on Sat. Jan 27 workshop

Please attend the free workshop on community building (flier available) that will be held at City Hall this Saturday, Jan. 27 from 9 a.m. to noon. It is organized by volunteers of the City's district councils, which are official advisory bodies to the City. The purpose of the event is to reach out to citizen volunteers, especially those who are new to community organizing, and who want ideas and tools to get involved and improve their neighborhoods. The workshop will begin shortly after 9 a.m. with short remarks by Stella Chao (newly nominated director of the Department of Neighborhoods), Pamela Green (the Mayor's new community liaison), and City Councilmember Sally Clark (chair of the neighborhoods committee).

A key part of the workshop (starting at 9:45) is a series of short talks by distinguished volunteers from throughout the City on the followng topics: mobilizing to meet a community's needs; raising money; finding and motivating volunteers;and outreach and publicity. The speakers are Ron Boddie (co-chair of the Central District Council), Carol Burton (Heron Habitat Helpers), Coco Sherman (Laurelhurst Elementary School PTA), Cindi Barker (Morgan Community Association); Kathy Nyland (Georgetown Merchants Association); and Matt Fox (University District Community Council). The rest of the event will be devoted to working groups for mutual aid and information among the volunteers, with final reports from each working group presented to the assembly.

There is no charge for the workshop. Free transit passes are provided for the first 50 attendees. The event will be broadcast later on Seattle Channel 21, and there will also be a booklet based on what is said, so please come with your questions and ideas! And whether or not you can come, please share this information with others who you think would like to come.

Chris Leman (206) 322-5463
Chair, City Neighborhood Council

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