programs and services.
Neighborhood Scan – This is a program designed to inventory code violations in a neighborhood. Once the code violation data is collected a letter is sent to the property owner advising them of the violation and a catalog of non-profits and programs to help remedy the problem is provided to assist residents with compliance.
Graffiti Scan – Graffiti scan is a GPS program designed to help locate and capture photos of graffiti in neighborhoods. Once the graffiti is captured the information is used to create maps so volunteers can go out to remove graffiti. The information on graffiti locations is also shared with Public Works and OPD.
Pothole Patrol – This uses the GPS scan technology to record the locations of potholes, a map is produced and given to the city so that they can efficiently address potholes in neighborhoods. All of the data is collected using the same technology as used for graffiti scan.
Neighborhood News – This is a partnership with Pioneer Publishing designed to promote neighborhood activities in a monthly mailer reaching 250k homes in the metropolitan area and website bi-weekly publications promoting the NC.
Neighborhood Mail – We allow neighborhood associations to use our mailing address and pick up their mail from our office instead of paying for a P O Box. It costs us nothing and is a significant savings and benefit to the neighborhood associations.
Neighborhood Printing – We print newsletters and other communication flyers (neighborhood clean –ups, national night out, etc). In 2009 we provided approximately 200,000 copies in Omaha and Council Bluff.
Neighborhood Mailing Service – We are also beginning a pilot program that allows neighborhoods to use our bulk mailing permit to send newsletters. They then just pay the non-profit rate that we do, again at a significant savings to the neighborhood associations that are mailing their newsletters.
Neighborhood Builders –This program is newly formatted to replace the previous sessions on Saturdays in February with a series of monthly meetings that will cover much of the same information, plus a great deal more. If there are additional topics that arise during the year contact the Neighborhood Center and the staff will do its best to accommodate the need.
Neighborhood Blitz – This is an annual event where staff and some board members attend all active neighborhood associations to promote the services of the Neighborhood Center and our partner organizations.
Neighborhood Development – Helping neighborhoods to establish or re-establish neighborhood organizations by developing by-laws and leadership and communications training such as newsletters and websites.
Neighborhood Volunteer Services – Working with neighborhood associations to find volunteers to assist with neighborhood projects. Corporations, non-profits, faith based organizations, schools, residents, and juvenile offenders seek projects to meet community service requirements or initiatives. We partner these volunteers with neighborhood associations to work in the community on a variety of projects including assisting shut-in, park clean ups, graffiti clean ups, neighborhood and graffiti scans. We work with a number of departments including public works, parks and recreation, the mayor’s office and code enforcement to connect these volunteers with departments needing their assistance. We have assisted in coordinating and referring dozens of neighborhood projects, although no data has been collected on numbers of volunteers our partner organizations include:
Metro and More Shows – These are neighborhood oriented shows that highlight neighborhood associations or Neighborhood Center partners and the programs the neighborhood Center is working on with these organizations. There are three thirty minute segments produced per month.
Security Camera Project – These are decoy cameras provided to neighborhood associations through grant funding to act as deterrents to crimes in neighborhoods. We are also working in partnership with ACIS to take old but working cameras from businesses who have upgraded their systems and supplying those to non-profits.
Communication Clearing House – This includes the NC website, facebook page, and email list serv. It is an easy fast way for neighborhoods or other non-profit organizations to find out what is happening in neighborhoods and at the NC.
Demographic Data and Research Support – This information is provided to neighborhood associations for various grant or economic development projects but also to help neighborhoods better understand the diversity of their neighborhood
Place Game – This is a partnership with Omaha by Design. The Place Game workshop is an organized way of brainstorming improvements to any neighborhood by listening to the people who use its public spaces. Council Bluffs only - residents have been trained as facilitators, and after the first couple Place Games are held, NC staff will be responsible for conducting new workshops.