October 6, 2015

Community Building and Engagement

Comprehensive and sustainable community development starts and ends with the people. That means a two-way conversation with residents leading the way. What does the community want or need?  What’s happening on a particular block that needs attention? Westside Housing Organization solicits community input and feedback for all of its projects and programs, while placing equal emphasis on supporting neighborhood events and tackling community issues.

Volunteers Wanted!

We are always happy to engage individual volunteers in our community building and engagement work.

  • If you have professional knowledge and skills to offer, we may arrange educational sessions with residents on topics such as estate planning, tax preparation, health tips or parenting.
  • If you have administrative skills to offer, we can work with you to identify a special project or event.
  • Skills in graphic arts and grant writing are welcome.
  • Gardening skills and interest are always appreciated to support our urban farms and orchard.

Corporate Volunteer Teams

Corporate volunteer teams have worked with Westside Housing Organization over the years on neighborhood clean-ups, painting projects, landscaping design and installation and building new playgrounds and picnic areas. If your group has a volunteer day, we’d be pleased to help identify a project that would meet your goals while helping us better serve our residents.

See the video below for an example of one of our community building and engagement initiatives: the Nottingham Urban Farm:

Events Calendar

Past Events:

October 2014

The men’s and women’s tennis teams from Rockhurst University donated several hours of their time at our Jefferson Place Garden to improve the physical appearance of the garden. We now have seven raised beds and a new bench! We were able to thank them with a hot chili lunch.

July 2014

Westside Housing Organization and contractors Chirpirch Bros. Construction and Heaters & Coolers, LLC hosted a fun two-day event at the Switzer Neighborhood Farm and the Tony Aguirre Community Center. Fourteen children assembled their own racecars, monster trucks, pirate ships, and birdhouses from a kit on July 22 and 23. A big thanks goes to Certified Radon, LLC in Riverside for donating the materials!

For additional information, please contact Westside Housing Philanthropy Officer, Liz Epstein at lepstein@westsidehousing.org.