For Immediate Release: July 2, 2010
VISTA helps communities
ARIZ. (July 2, 2010)
Members of AmeriCorps Volunteers in Service to America (VISTA), community
leaders and Goodyear Neighborhood Services staff are working together to
identify needs of local neighborhoods and mobilize communities to help
resident is invited to fill out a Needs Assessment Questionnaire and Personal
Skills form, below. With this information, VISTA team members will be able to understand
and address the needs of Goodyear's diverse communities. Results will be shared
at Neighborhood and Homeowners' Association meetings later this year and in
members are available to help communities analyze and plan strategies aimed at
resolving important neighborhood issues. For information or to schedule a visit
with the VISTA team, call Jane Gasch at Neighborhood Services, 623-882-7812.
has already begun with the long-established neighborhood alliances of Historic
Goodyear and the North Subdivisions, which recently participated in focus
groups put together by VISTA and Goodyear Neighborhood Services staff. These
residents see a future for their communities that include beautifying
neighborhood parks and enhancing landscaping, and organizing small local events
like picnics that really celebrate the diversity of each neighborhood.
make that vision a reality, residents began by setting goals and making plans. There
was renewed interest in bringing communities together. Most importantly,
residents began boosting community involvement and coordinating events like "Neighbors
Helping Neighbors" and "Growing Our Neighborhood" celebrations
at Loma Linda Park and Parque de Paz. Residents learned about getting involved
in community meetings, what is expected of board members, how Neighborhood
Watch programs work, opportunities to raise funds for community improvements,
graffiti cleanup, and came up with plans for improving communication.
communities have a great opportunity to work together with VISTA team members,
city staff, and other community leaders to identify neighborhood needs, and work
together to make their communities the best they can be.
complete the questionnaire and form below, print it out and mail to Jane Gasch,
Neighborhood Services at the address or email on the form.
Neighborhood Needs Questionnaire
How long have you lived in the
Do you own home____________ or
What do you think about your
neighborhood as a place to live?
Excellent____________ Good_______________ Needs
What do you see as challenges in
your neighborhood? Please check as many as apply.
: Gangs_____ Auto
theft/Break-ins________ Home Break ?ins_______ Other________
PROPERTY UP KEEP: Graffiti______ Trash_____ Cars in yards _____Inoperable Cars______
STREETS: Street lights_______ Cut through traffic_____
Speeding_____ Street conditions______
COMMUNITY PROGRAMS: Need Recreational Programs________ Need Educational
Communication between Neighbors__________ Social
If you could focus on one change
in your neighborhood, what would it be?_______________________________
In developing our programs
?to mobilize our Communities to help themselves,? we encourage you to share
your personal skills with your neighbors. In sharing skills with each other, we
give and receive services that would ordinarily cost money. We can also help beautify
our neighborhoods and keep them safe.
Please circle the
skills you would like to share with your neighbors:
Carpentry, electrical, writing,
painting, designing, gardening, computer, administrative, plumbing
researching information, fundraising\
grants, using tools, entertainment, planning, management, skills, baby sitting,
Please circle how you would
like to volunteer to assist your neighborhood?
Distribute flyers to your
neighbors, promote the neighborhood, social activities, grants-\fundraising, landscape
beautification, Neighborhood Watch, education of Rules and Regulations of the
community, graffiti clean-up.
Please add any other skills
you wish to share or any committee you feel could enhance your community. ________________________________________________________________________________
of your Neighborhood, HOA/Alliance______________________________________________________________________
Complete this survey and return by email to Jane Gasch
or Fax 623-882-7949. Surveys can be dropped off in person or mailed to Goodyear
City Hall, 190 N. Litchfield Rd. at the southeast corner of Van Buren. Questionnaires
can also be completed online www.Goodyearaz.gov.
Your form is your entry in a drawing for a $25 gift certificate
to Wildflower Bread Co. or Augie?s Sports Grill on Saturday, October 16 at The
VISTA booth during the G.A.I.N. Celebration (Getting Arizona Involved in
Neighborhoods) at Goodyear Ballpark. Winner will be notified at the phone
number provided,* above.