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!
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.
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
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.