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.
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. Check out this news clip from the Pilot Program:
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
The Office of Community Engagement, in partnership with the Community Advisory Board, community partners, and volunteers, launched the Neighborfest Pilot Program in eight (8) neighborhoods throughout Santa Rosa. These events took place from June through August 2019. For more information about the Pilot Program, please see the final report below.