Neighborhood Connections Program

Featured: Check out the Disruption Discussion Podcast for an interview with Katherine Bailey about Neighborhood Connections and how connected neighborhoods are more resilient!

And tune in to KRFC at 6pm on Thursday, March 8th for an episode of Community At Work with Katherine Bailey and Mitch Majeski about Neighborhood Connections!


Make yours happier, healthier and safer!

“…every place has people who love it. Find them. Bring them together, ask them for their help. Find what is lovable about your place and make it better.” (Peter Kageyama, For The Love Of Cities)

The health of our community depends first on the relationships with the people closest to us. Friendship with our neighbors keeps us from focusing on differences and becoming isolated, helping to bring together diverse people within a community. The Neighborhood Connections Program supports growing relationships in neighborhoods by educating connectors that start on their own block, bringing people together. It hopes to create more cooperative and lively neighborhoods, while improving access to City services. Through supporting our neighbors while they connect with each other, we take the first step to a healthier, safer, and friendlier Fort Collins.

What is the program?

The core education consists of 9 (no cost) class hours offered at 3 different times over the year, so participants can choose a time that works for them. The series focuses on communication, collaboration, and the basics of neighboring, with tangible goals.

The program will offer you assistance planning and organizing an event or gathering to bring your neighbors together, and will offer grant funding to help make this event possible.


What's next?

Participants have access to (no cost) continuing education classes offered on a monthly basis on a wide variety of topics. Come to as many topics as you'd like; they are always free of charge.

What's coming up in Continuing Education?

June: A closer look at City Services: FCMoves, Transfort, and Natural Areas. Learn what's being done in your neighborhood! June 14th at Rolland Moore Park, Shelter 2 from 5:30-6:30pm

July: Adopt a Spot programs. Learn how to help keep Fort Collins beautiful! Join us in the Old Town Library Community Room July 18th from 6-8pm.

Find more information at: https://www.fcgov.com/neighborhoodconnections

Featured: Check out the Disruption Discussion Podcast for an interview with Katherine Bailey about Neighborhood Connections and how connected neighborhoods are more resilient!

And tune in to KRFC at 6pm on Thursday, March 8th for an episode of Community At Work with Katherine Bailey and Mitch Majeski about Neighborhood Connections!


Make yours happier, healthier and safer!

“…every place has people who love it. Find them. Bring them together, ask them for their help. Find what is lovable about your place and make it better.” (Peter Kageyama, For The Love Of Cities)

The health of our community depends first on the relationships with the people closest to us. Friendship with our neighbors keeps us from focusing on differences and becoming isolated, helping to bring together diverse people within a community. The Neighborhood Connections Program supports growing relationships in neighborhoods by educating connectors that start on their own block, bringing people together. It hopes to create more cooperative and lively neighborhoods, while improving access to City services. Through supporting our neighbors while they connect with each other, we take the first step to a healthier, safer, and friendlier Fort Collins.

What is the program?

The core education consists of 9 (no cost) class hours offered at 3 different times over the year, so participants can choose a time that works for them. The series focuses on communication, collaboration, and the basics of neighboring, with tangible goals.

The program will offer you assistance planning and organizing an event or gathering to bring your neighbors together, and will offer grant funding to help make this event possible.


What's next?

Participants have access to (no cost) continuing education classes offered on a monthly basis on a wide variety of topics. Come to as many topics as you'd like; they are always free of charge.

What's coming up in Continuing Education?

June: A closer look at City Services: FCMoves, Transfort, and Natural Areas. Learn what's being done in your neighborhood! June 14th at Rolland Moore Park, Shelter 2 from 5:30-6:30pm

July: Adopt a Spot programs. Learn how to help keep Fort Collins beautiful! Join us in the Old Town Library Community Room July 18th from 6-8pm.

Find more information at: https://www.fcgov.com/neighborhoodconnections

  • The Basics of Neighboring - Mitch Majeski

    almost 2 years ago
    Mitch

    Mitch Majeski

    “Faithful neighboring develops the wisdom and compassion necessary for nothing less than the saving of civilization.”

    Mitch often repeats this sentiment with no sense of hyperbole. Starting in his own neighborhood, he has worked to promote the value of neighboring across Fort Collins - assisting with Neighborhood Connections since it’s inception and leading a coalition of 21 local congregations to mobilize their members to love their actual neighbors. An expert story-teller, Mitch is valued for his ability to inspire people in a variety of contexts; from small groups to keynote messages for thousands. He works as a consultant in organizational health and leader development for Peak Solutions and serves on a variety of boards including the Governor’s Clergy Council, the Colorado State Stadium Advisory Group, Serve 6.8, and the Coloradoan Newspaper.



    Mitch Majeski

    “Faithful neighboring develops the wisdom and compassion necessary for nothing less than the saving of civilization.”

    Mitch often repeats this sentiment with no sense of hyperbole. Starting in his own neighborhood, he has worked to promote the value of neighboring across Fort Collins - assisting with Neighborhood Connections since it’s inception and leading a coalition of 21 local congregations to mobilize their members to love their actual neighbors. An expert story-teller, Mitch is valued for his ability to inspire people in a variety of contexts; from small groups to keynote messages for thousands. He works as a consultant in organizational health and leader development for Peak Solutions and serves on a variety of boards including the Governor’s Clergy Council, the Colorado State Stadium Advisory Group, Serve 6.8, and the Coloradoan Newspaper.



  • Healthy, Productive Communication Across Cultural Differences - Alma Vigo-Morales

    almost 2 years ago
    Alma

    Alma Vigo-Morales

    Alma is President and co-founder of Diversity Solutions Group, a Colorado consulting and training firm. She successfully led diversity and inclusion functions at the City of Fort Collins, Agilent Technologies and Kaiser Permanente - Colorado Region, after 10 years of work in human services. In addition to her academic background in sociology, women’s studies and intercultural dynamics, being born and raised outside USA's mainland in San Juan, Puerto Rico has provided Alma with a unique cross-cultural perspective. This experience continues to influence her deep understanding and commitment to culturally mindful behaviors that lead to effective relationships and organizational success.

    Alma Vigo-Morales

    Alma is President and co-founder of Diversity Solutions Group, a Colorado consulting and training firm. She successfully led diversity and inclusion functions at the City of Fort Collins, Agilent Technologies and Kaiser Permanente - Colorado Region, after 10 years of work in human services. In addition to her academic background in sociology, women’s studies and intercultural dynamics, being born and raised outside USA's mainland in San Juan, Puerto Rico has provided Alma with a unique cross-cultural perspective. This experience continues to influence her deep understanding and commitment to culturally mindful behaviors that lead to effective relationships and organizational success.

  • The Art of Communication - Patsi Maroney

    almost 2 years ago
    Patsi

    Patsi Maroney

    As the City’s Mediation Program Coordinator, Patsi helps Fort Collins neighbors resolve tough issues in a productive and positive way. She’s been with the City’s mediation program for 12 years (10 years as a volunteer mediator, 2 years as program coordinator); she’s passionate about encouraging proactive problem-solving efforts in our community. In her Neighborhood Connections presentation, Patsi will give you some easy-to-use tools to help you manage conflict more effectively in your own corner of the world.


    Patsi Maroney

    As the City’s Mediation Program Coordinator, Patsi helps Fort Collins neighbors resolve tough issues in a productive and positive way. She’s been with the City’s mediation program for 12 years (10 years as a volunteer mediator, 2 years as program coordinator); she’s passionate about encouraging proactive problem-solving efforts in our community. In her Neighborhood Connections presentation, Patsi will give you some easy-to-use tools to help you manage conflict more effectively in your own corner of the world.


  • Mindful Neighboring - Sarah Stephens

    about 2 years ago
    Sarah

    Sarah Stephens

    Hello neighbors! I hope to share with you the value of attending the “Mindful Neighboring” workshop I facilitate for the Neighborhood Connections Program. Currently, I work as the Program Coordinator of Involvement in the Student Leadership, Involvement, and Community Engagement (SLiCE) office at Colorado State University (CSU). My role works to advocate for, educate, and advise nearly 500 student organizations at the University. Yet, my favorite “task” is to facilitate soft skills workshops helping college student leaders be more mindful with their peers, intentional with their relationships, and confident as they build community. Similarly, this “Mindful Neighboring” workshop focuses on increasing confidence amongst neighbors as they make early connections with each other, teaches subtle yet effective ways to be more inclusive and welcoming, and aims to help people be more intentional in their interactions to build a healthier, safer, and friendlier neighborhood for all.



    Sarah Stephens

    Hello neighbors! I hope to share with you the value of attending the “Mindful Neighboring” workshop I facilitate for the Neighborhood Connections Program. Currently, I work as the Program Coordinator of Involvement in the Student Leadership, Involvement, and Community Engagement (SLiCE) office at Colorado State University (CSU). My role works to advocate for, educate, and advise nearly 500 student organizations at the University. Yet, my favorite “task” is to facilitate soft skills workshops helping college student leaders be more mindful with their peers, intentional with their relationships, and confident as they build community. Similarly, this “Mindful Neighboring” workshop focuses on increasing confidence amongst neighbors as they make early connections with each other, teaches subtle yet effective ways to be more inclusive and welcoming, and aims to help people be more intentional in their interactions to build a healthier, safer, and friendlier neighborhood for all.



  • More to come!

    almost 2 years ago

    Keep checking back for more about our Neighborhood Connections teachers!

    Keep checking back for more about our Neighborhood Connections teachers!