C.O.R.E. is an initiative to engage city residents, build stronger communities and strengthen neighborhood associations. It provides an organized framework to foster collaboration between residents, neighborhood associations, partner agencies and city government.
LEARN MORE! Come to an interest meeting of the Winston-Salem Community Coalition on Tuesday, March 26, from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. at the Sedge Garden Community Center, 401 Robbins Road.
The C.O.R.E. program has been designed to:
- Create a collaborative partnership between the city, stakeholders and neighborhoods.
- Strengthen and coordinate city departments' responses to neighborhood concerns and service requests.
- Foster cooperation and consensus within neighborhoods.
- Provide a resource for sharing information and for neighborhood development and training.
- Provide a forum for advocacy by neighborhood associations.
Components of C.O.R.E. include:
- The Winston-Salem Community Coalition, an expansion of the former Winston-Salem Neighborhood Association to include neighborhood representatives, community stakeholders, partner agencies and city staff. The coalition meets every other month at the Sedge Garden Community Center and serves as the chief mechanism through which the city collaborates with residents and neighborhoods to enhance the quality of life in city neighborhoods.
- The Neighborhood Academy, a program of quarterly workshops to help neighborhood associations better understand and take advantage of programs that assist neighborhoods and residents. Each academy workshop focuses on a specific.
- "Front Door Fridays," an initiative under which teams of government officials, representing Community Development, Recreation and Parks, the city-county schools, Human Relations the Fire Department and non-uniformed Police Department employees, go door-to-door engaging city residents.
- The online Connect Your Community calendar, which serves as a common calendar of events where neighborhoods and city agencies can post their events and other useful information, such as the dates for bulky item collection or leaf collection in a given neighborhood. Learn more about the community calendar and how to post on it.
- The Community Tool Kit, a compilation of resources, information and general guidance to assist residents and neighborhoods with their initiatives and programs.
Neighborhood associations that sign up to participate in C.O.R.E. are automatically enrolled in Neighborhoods USA, a non-profit organization that works to strengthen neighborhood organizations. Other benefits of C.O.R.E. include:
- Firsthand information from city staff about city services and programs/events.
- An opportunity for neighborhood representative to advocated on behalf of their neighborhood.
- Access to training, resources and support by city staff and partnering agencies.
- Street sign toppers to identify your neighborhood.
- Participation in focus groups for community initiatives.
Staff support for C.O.R.E. is provided by the Neighborhood Services Division of the Community Development Department. For more information, contact Tabetha Childress, Neighborhood Services Manager, at 336-734-1249 or firstname.lastname@example.org.