We are looking for Neighborfest Volunteers! If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, please scroll down to view more details!
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Welcome to Neighborfest!

The City of Santa Rosa's Office of Community Engagement, in collaboration with the Community Foundation of Sonoma County, Healthcare Foundation of Northern Sonoma County, and the United Way of the Wine Country, is excited to announce the launch of the Neighborfest Pilot Program!

Neighborfest is part of the Resilient Neighborhoods Network (RN2) - a community powered framework for resilience and engagement modeled after San Francisco's Neighborhood Empowerment Network (NEN) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) Whole Community concept of preparedness as a shared responsibility. The goal of RN2 is to increase resilience through preparedness by building social connections and creating a sense of place and belonging, as well as building an initiative that supports collective action.

Participating neighborhoods: please see below for your planning materials!
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What is a Neighborfest?

A Neighborfest is a locally organized gathering, also known as a block party, that offers neighborhoods the chance to come together, have fun, and build a stronger, more connected community.

Why Neighborfest?

Neighborfest aims to strengthen social cohesion or connectedness, resilience and to prepare neighborhoods for disasters. Research has shown that the more connected neighbors are to each other, the stronger their resilience is after an emergency.

The Pilot Program

Beginning in May and running through September 2019, the Office of Community Engagement, in partnership with the Community Advisory Board, community partners, and volunteers, will launch the Neighborfest Pilot Program in eight (8) neighborhoods throughout Santa Rosa.

Pilot Neighborhoods and Dates

Neighborhood Date
Junior College Neighborhood Association June 8, 2019
Moorland Neighborhood Action Team June 22, 2019
Burbank Gardens Neighborhood Association June 29, 2019
Sherwood Forest Neighborhood July 6, 2019
West End Neighborhood Association July 13, 2019
Sunset Avenue - Roseland Neighborhood August 3, 2019
Aston Avenue - South Park Neighborhood August 17, 2019
Ridgway Historic Neighborhood Association August 24, 2019

Neighborfest Materials

If you are holding a Neighborfest event in your neighborhood, please check out these useful materials:

If you have additional questions or cannot find what you are looking for, please contact Danielle Garduno, Community Engagement Coordinator at

Neighborfest Volunteers Needed!

Volunteers are critical in the planning and facilitating of Neighborfest to make sure collectively, we have the most impact on our neighborhoods and that each event is inclusive for all community members. Some duties may include: set-up, clean-up, assist with activities, capture photos and videos, and promotion and outreach.

Please read the Neighborfest Volunteer Description (en español) for full details. 

If you'd like to become a Neighborfest Volunteer, please fill out the Volunteer Application (en español) and mail to:

Office of Community Engagement
ATTN: Community Engagement VISTA
637 1st Street
Santa Rosa, CA 95404

You may also email your application or deliver in-person.

THANK YOU for your interest in volunteering and creating resilient neighborhoods!

For more information about the Office of Community Engagement, please visit us at: 

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