National Neighborhood Day: Mobilizing Grassroots Power Nationwide

NEWS RELEASE


National Neighborhood Day is September 16
New Initiative Dedicated to Mobilizing Grassroots Power
with Neighborhood Gatherings Nationwide

All across the country, people will gather with their neighbors on Sunday, September 16, 2007, to celebrate National Neighborhood Day. This nonprofit organization was created to strengthen neighborhood ties and improve the quality of life from the ground up. National Neighborhood Day promotes neighborhood gatherings across the country each year on the third Sunday in September to enable a broad array of neighborhood activities from meeting new neighbors to exchanging practical information to planting trees to improving security. Neighborhood Day creates, builds, and restores neighborhood connections that enable positive change year-round.

Initiated in Providence, R.I., the effort is growing with the support of that city's mayor and his staff. "As Providence continues to strengthen its neighborhoods through community policing and the creation of historic partnerships, I'm proud to support National Neighborhood Day. I strongly encourage neighborhoods across the country to use this day to bring people together with the goal of building relationships and strengthening neighborhoods," says Providence Mayor David Cicilline.

National Neighborhood Day gatherings are being promoted by leading state and national organizations including the United Way of America, the YMCA of the USA, the United Methodist Church, the United Church of Christ, the Boy Scouts of America, Community Foundations, the National Congress for Community Economic Development, state councils of churches, National Crime Prevention Council, Social Venture Partners International, and Americorps.

Information available at www.neighborhoodday.org includes tools for planning neighborhood gatherings as well as sharing stories and pictures from your neighborhood.

National Neighborhood Day boasts an impressive list of advisors, including Thomas Ryan, CEO of CVS; Tom Cerio, executive vice president of HBO; Suzanne DuBose, former president of the Verizon Foundation; Candace Lightner, founder of Mothers Against Drunk Driving; Al Verrecchia, CEO of Hasbro; Steve Palmer, former national chairman of the YMCA of the USA; and Dave Duffy, former national chairman of the National Conference for Community and Justice.

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