2017 Mayor's Community Engagement Workshops and Neighborhood Awards
The City of Fort Worth Neighborhood Awards recognizes community efforts to revitalize, socialize, engage, collaborate, get healthy and communicate with neighbors. Winning projects and programs rarely have big budgets—they simply fill a need and involve everyone in the community!
Neighborhoods can be recognized for beautification and revitalization efforts, social and cultural events, collaborative projects, health and wellness efforts, and excellent communications efforts.
The deadline to apply is 5 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 9, 2017.
Tips for winning applications
City of Fort Worth Neighborhood Award winners have one thing in common—a strong application that tells a story in words and pictures. Whether your project is big or small, use these tips to make sure your Neighborhood Award Application stands out.
- Self-nominate – you can’t win if you don’t enter!
- Answer every question on the nomination form
- Write simply and clearly
- Include why and how, not just what you did
- Describe the impact on the neighborhood(s) and residents
- Submit up to five digital photos
- Use before, during and after photos to help tell your story
- Candid shots are better than staged
- Include close-ups of neighbors and volunteers having fun!
- Ask at least two other people to read your nomination and give feedback before you send it
- Meet the deadline – 5 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 9, 2017
- Call the Community Engagement Office at 817-392-6201 if you have any questions.
Here are some examples of winning projects and ideas.
Fort Worth Pride
After surveying residents, a well-used neighborhood park was improved through residents’ volunteer work hours, donations from nearby businesses and city assistance. Park usage increased after the improvement project.
Other winners/ideas: neighborhood entryway landscaping, litter pickup/park cleanup day, patriotic or holiday decorations, yard of the month program
Spirit of Fort Worth
Because of a string of car break-ins in the neighborhood, residents organized a social event to help neighbors get to know each other better and encourage them to watch out for each other. The Halloween block party also provided a safe area for neighborhood children to trick-or-treat.
Other winners/ideas: holiday potluck dinner, ice cream social, Fourth of July parade, home/garden tour
Mayor’s Civic Engagement and Community Collaboration
Neighbors decided their annual National Night Out gathering needed a boost to attract residents who had not participated before. With a goal of being more inclusive, association leadership made an effort to reach out to diverse groups, increasing both attendance and volunteer participation.
Other winners/ideas: community event to promote fire prevention and help neighbors who lost their home to fire, multi-neighborhood plan to improve a shared park, back-to-school event to equip neighborhood children for success, cultural/historical celebration
Mayor’s Health and Wellness
With a goal of providing tangible, immediate ways to improve residents’ health, neighborhood leadership organized a day of fitness and food demonstrations, blood pressure checks and healthy snacks—all donated by nearby businesses so residents could conveniently continue their healthy behaviors.
Other winners/ideas: water safety event to prevent pool drownings, senior health symposium to meet needs of older residents, community garden to help feed low-income neighbors
Neighborhood of the Year is chosen from among winners of all of the above categories. Any project or program has the potential to win Neighborhood of the Year!
Code Compliance Officer of the Year
This award recognizes an officer who responds to public inquiries courteously and efficiently, maintaining positive customer service relationships at all times, in addition to performing duties of investigating, documenting and ensuring compliance with city zoning, codes, ordinances and regulations.
Neighborhood Patrol Office (NPO) of the Year
This award recognizes an NPO who communicates with residents and business owners, attends community meetings and events, and fosters community leadership by recruiting volunteers for Citizens on Patrol, Crime Watch and other crime prevention tools in addition to providing additional patrols and identifying crime trends in specific neighborhoods or geographic areas.
The Danny Scarth Trailblazer Award
This award recognizes a person who, in their everyday life, has raised awareness of living a life of value with a disability or made impactful changes in the Fort Worth community that improves life opportunities for persons with disabilities.
Newsletters are recognized for content and appearance. Past honorees have communicated in full-color, black-and-white, one-page, multi-page, email blasts, social media pages, electronic or hand-delivered versions. If your neighborhood communicates well, nominate your association so others can see some great ideas.
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