I am the Director of RSVP in Etowah County, Alabama, and am also actively involved with our Citizen Corps Council/VOAD. With the Citizen Corps Council/VOAD, RSVP hosted an informational meeting on August 24, 2009 - to kick off Safety and Security Week and also build up to 9/11.
We advertized this meeting in the paper, on the radio and through our local non-profit organizations and volunteers. The purpose of this meeting was to evaluate any interest in organizing neighborhood groups that would include aspects of Neighborhood Watch, local city and county beautification programs, revitalizing efforts by municipalities, CERT and Citizen Corps.
Twenty-five people attended that meeting, and out of that we have started two new neighborhood associations, brought in an existing Neighborhood Watch group, and reorganized a defunct Neighborhood Watch group.
It truly takes the entire community to keep a neighborhood safe and secure, and a good place to live, raise a family and grow old. Many citizens in Etowah County have realized this concept and are working to organize their neighbors and friends to become more involved in their own communities.