In order to build a stronger relationship, it is important for our communities to know who we are and what we are about. We do not want the public to see us only when demanding higher salaries or urging the school board to pass the budget. What we need is ongoing visibility in our communities so that when we do reach out to them, it is not only during a crisis. Communities have to see more of who we are and what we are about.
Change Your Community offers tips on how it builds community relationships, conducts house meetings and more.
Another example of a community outreach program is the Race ad Social Justice Initiative for Civil Rights. The policy aims to end racism in city government and promote multiculturalism. It is rooted in three guiding principles: enhancing relationships and engagement; enriching knowledge gathering; and embracing organizational change. Our motto is: “We Serve Our City.”