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Neighbor to Neighbor -- The Downtown Solution: IPNTA's Guide to Community Healing

Checklist for Organizing Your Group

  • Exchange phone numbers/emails to discuss organizing with a few people
  • Pick a date for a meeting and a convenient meetinglocation (someone's apartment, a local diner.)
  • Type up a memo to distribute to your neighbors inviting them to come.
  • Have an intermediate leader host the meeting and discussion
  • Pass around an attendance sheet for names, addresses, phone numbers, email
  • Call people who came and talk more with them — find out who would like to participate in a leadership capacity.
  • If a lot of people are involved, you can have an election for officers. If few come, appoint each other until you grow. (Somebody has to take charge!)
  • Start creating the emergency response form for each neighbor to fill out and give a place to return. (Use the form in this pamphlet as a guide.)
  • Organize your information. Decide whether to charge membership or accept donations for printing, etc.
  • Create a newsletter or monthly memo to keep people informed and ask for input.
  • Since 9/11, IPNTA has worked with other organizations, such as the WTCResidents Coalition, set up an art therapy group, has begun organizing a computer center for residents, and is involved in numerous other activities.

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