Grow Your Core Team
Finding Interested People
Begin with yourself: Who do you know from the neighborhood or the community who might be interested in working on park issues? Friends, family, local merchants, school officials – get the word out that you’re thinking of forming a group. The more people you talk to, the better idea of the extent of your base of community support. Start a contact list right away.
Draft a flyer: to advertise your first general interest meeting and have your friends and prospective group members spread the word. Go to a busy intersection or to the park with a few friends and pass out flyers to neighborhood folks or get sign-ups. Utilize bulletin boards in community centers, laundromats, corner stores, cafes, churches, and any place frequented by a large number of people. SFPA can help you make your flier and group’s identity look engaging and professional.
Use the media: Place an announcement (a short paragraph will do) in your community newspaper, stating your intent to start a park group. List a first meeting time, date, and place, and a contact name and phone number.
Automate: Make it easy for people to get involved and for you to manage. Use Facebook and social media to grow your network and feed data directly into your contact list.
Be persistent: Every group must start somewhere, so don’t be discouraged if the first meetings attract smaller groups. The news of your group will spread, and attract interested people to your meetings. Encourage everyone who comes to your meetings to bring at least one other person to the next meeting.