COMMUNITY ACTION RESOURCES
The Power of your Block
Take a look at what groups around Chicago are doing to harness the power of their communities.
6 Steps to Organizing Block Club Meetings
Block Wisdom: Getting the Block Working
Re-Imagining Block Clubs
You'll never doubt your power again after watching these stories from regular citizens who decided they, too, could make a difference where they live.
Build a Better Block: Jason Roberts
Take a Street and Build a Community: Shani Graham
Plan for Action
These sites offer guides and advice on how to organize and take action.
Everyday Democracy: Everyday Democracy is a non-political organization whose website, full of articles, guides and case studies for engaging and participating in your community, is an excellent resource for groups interested in a wide variety of topics.
Building Strong Communities: This collection of resource guides and articles from the Center for the Study of Social Policy gives groups step-by-step advice on how to take action in their community from formation to planning to execution.
My Block, My Hood, My City: This Chicago nonprofit provides training and consultations for block clubs in the city. They also help block clubs replace old signs or create new signs that are positive and welcoming, as well as offering resources like t-shirts, a Facebook graphic, and volunteer help for one project each year.
What you choose to focus on is up to you, but here are some options for how to get started on expressing yourself.
Block Clubs: Consider starting the conversation right on your block.
Neighborhood Grants Initiative: This Habitat Chicago program may be a good fit for you if you live in one of our focus neighborhoods.