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  • Block Leader Tools | Community Renewal

    Plan a Block Party! Neighboring Resources Email Zoe Neighboring Resources All Posts (16) 16 posts Neighboring (9) 9 posts Friendship House (1) 1 post Research (2) 2 posts Workshops (1) 1 post News (4) 4 posts Youth (1) 1 post Over the Fence (2) 2 posts Zoe Loeser Jan 19 1 min Easy Customizable Block Party Invitations! Perhaps the most important step in any block party is the part where you invite. Of course, you can always handwrite / draw these... Erica Bass Oct 15, 2020 1 min We Want to Know about Your Neighborhood! The survey hopes to gain feedback from Pottawatomie County citizens Zoe Loeser Sep 21, 2020 6 min Volunteer in Shawnee finds Purpose & Career in Neighboring Effort As I watched people going about their grocery shopping, I started to tear up, thinking that one day every person I could see would have at l Zoe Loeser Sep 1, 2020 3 min 8 Reasons to Become a Block Leader (and what it means) Some may resist being organized as block leaders. “I can do that on my own,” they say. We organize as block leaders for eight reasons: Zoe Loeser May 29, 2020 1 min Making a Neighborhood Directory hile it might seem strange at first, an informal directory for the neighborhood opens up communication lines and channels for care that woul

  • Nonprofit | Community Renewal of Pottawatomie County | United States

    Get WE Care. Wednesday deals wear the shirt, get the perk who we are Community Renewal of Pottawatomie County is a non-profit organization based in Shawnee, OK dedicated to helping neighbors restore their communities through intentional relationships. ​ We are an independent replication of the pioneering work of in Shreveport, LA. Community Renewal International what we do We help Pottawatomie County combat the by fostering connection at the neighborhood level, loneliness epidemic through a network of neighbors as well as school campus programs. program info why we're here Research shows that building healthy, connected neighborhoods has long-term positive impact on issues like education and crime rates , and we want those outcomes for our county. as well as physical health why relationships get involved Community Renewal isn’t an office or a staff. It’s a movement of neighbors making change! Join your community in volunteering through the Neighbor to Neighbor Network. I want to volunteer > what's new in the neighborhood Play Video Play Video 13:56 We Care. Weekly || Caring stories with Michael Phillips and Ian Bro... We Care. Weekly || Caring stories with Michael Phillips and Ian Brown (shout out to Legacy Parenting) || This week's community partner -- Gateway to Prevention and Recovery Lots of care happening in out community friends! Zoe and Danielle visit with Michael Phillips and Ian Brown as they share about the caring things happening all around. Then, learn more about community partner Gateway to Prevention and Recovery with their wellness director, Alicja Carter! In This Video Michael Phillips of Good Neighbor Friendship House Ian Brown of Life.Church Alicja Carter of Gateway to Prevention and Recovery Video Links This week's well living research: http://content.time.com/time/health/article/0,8599,2006938,00.html Do you have a caring story from your neighborhood, school, faith community, or business? Share it with us with a chance to be featured on We Care. Weekly. http://bit.ly/wecareweekly Does your business want to participate in We Care. Wednesday? Click for details and to register. http://bit.ly/wecarebiz Learn more about the Good Neighbor Friendship House: https://www.communityrenewal.org/friendship-houses Learn more about Legacy Parenting Center: https://legacyshawnee.com/ Learn more about Gateway to Prevention and Recovery: https://gatewaytoprevention.org/ Play Video Play Video 09:30 We Care. Weekly || Goals with Horace Mann & Jobs with Shawnee Forwa... We Care. Weekly || Goals with Horace Mann & Jobs with Shawnee Forward || This week's segment -- Mayor's Corner! Hang out with Zoe and Danielle as they learn what's new at Horace Mann, touch base with Jeremy at Shawnee Forward, and introduce a new segment -- Mayer's Corner! In This Video Mallory Cheatwood of Horace Mann Jeremy Davidson of Shawnee Forward Mayor Ed Bolt of City of Shawnee Video Links This week's well living research: https://ct.counseling.org/2016/06/polyvagal-theory-practice/ Do you have a caring story from your neighborhood, school, faith community, or business? Share it with us with a chance to be featured on We Care. Weekly. http://bit.ly/wecareweekly Does your business want to participate in We Care. Wednesday? Click for details and to register. http://bit.ly/wecarebiz Learn more good things from Shawnee Public Schools: https://www.facebook.com/shawneeschoolsok/ Find out more about jobs from Shawnee Forward: https://shawneeforward.com/ Follow the mayor! https://www.facebook.com/mayoredbolt Play Video Play Video 13:26 We Care. Weekly || Good things from the kids in the Good Neighbor F... We Care. Weekly || Good things from the kids in the Good Neighbor Friendship House & Gordon Cooper Technology Center || This week's community partner -- Community Renewal! Video Content Hang out with Zoe and Danielle this week as they hear the good things happening in students' lives from the Good Neighbor Friendship House. Get an update from Cama at Gordon Cooper Technology Center. Celebrate with this week's community partner, Community Renewal, as Executive Director Brandon Dyer shares some caring stories! In This Video Michael Phillips, Lariah, Katy, Saraya, Landry, Sydney of the Good Neighbor Friendship House Cama Watts of Gordon Cooper Technology Center Brandon Dyer of Community Renewal of Pottawatomie County Video Links This week's well living research: http://www.uclahealth.org/a-prescription-for-the-pain-of-rejection-acetaminophen-and-forgiveness. Do you have a caring story from your neighborhood, school, faith community, or business? Share it with us with a chance to be featured on We Care. Weekly. http://bit.ly/wecareweekly Does your business want to participate in We Care. Wednesday? Click for details and to register. http://bit.ly/wecarebiz Learn more about the Good Neighbor Friendship House: https://www.communityrenewal.org/friendship-houses Learn more about Gordon Cooper Technology Center: https://www.gctech.edu/ Play Video Play Video 07:06:06 Worth It. LIVE! Play Video Play Video 00:24 Worth It. 2020 Teaser! Real Women Sharing Real Life Worth It. is a project of Community Renewal to empower young women to see their own true identity and worth while building confidence to support their fellow female. In response to COVID-19, the 2020 Worth It. Conference will take place through a one-of-a-kind "pocket" model bringing women & girls together in micro-groups across the county to enjoy video series of real conversations with real women from our community on real life issues! Registration for this event is closed, but we can't wait to "see" everyone on September 26th for this unique 1 day event! Play Video Play Video 01:20 Jefferson Wisdom Video Mrs. T and Winky tell us about the We Care. Word of the week! Play Video Play Video 04:06 Campus Culture Introduction Community Renewal's introduction to our We Care. Words of the week for Shawnee Public Schools. Play Video Play Video 01:00 An update on the Good Neighbor Friendship House: Coming Soon! Under construction in partnership with the Absentee Shawnee Housing Authority, the newest Friendship House located at the corner of Bryan & Main is wrapping up construction; Brandon & Michael tell us more! #friendshiphouse #communityrenewal

  • Book Club | Community Renewal

    Block Leader Book Club Hope: Fall 2020

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  • Shawnee's YMCA: For A Better Us

    This blog is the first in a series by & about Community Renewal's community partners, showcasing the incredible opportunities & resources available in Pottawatomie County. Welcome to our blog, YMCA! --- We believe that in a diverse world, we are stronger when we are inclusive and our doors are open to all regardless of race, gender, or income level. It is therefore critical to both our mission and our business that our YMCA develop and integrate strategies to effectively engage, advocate for and serve all. This commitment to access, inclusion and engagement helps to ensure our continued relevancy, viability and impact as a cause-driven organization focused on strengthening our community. Childcare & other important community services Through the past year our world has been turned upside-down. In our country we have witnessed political disagreements, severe division, violence, and pandemic. When our community came to a halt the Shawnee YMCA offered free emergency childcare to front line workers to ease the burden of childcare. At the Shawnee YMCA we believe 2021 will be just as important for us to be here for our community. As our community continues to fully come back, the Shawnee YMCA is dedicated to assisting people with their health & wellness, childcare, recreational activities, and other social issues that may arise. Join the Shawnee YMCA It is easy to be part of the Shawnee YMCA. The Shawnee YMCA has volunteer opportunities for those looking to mentor kids as a youth sports coach or help seniors prepare for group exercise classes (that may also be a little social time). We also make it easy to be a user of the facilities with childcare, household options, and financial assistance if one is unable to pay for membership or programs like childcare and youth sports. The Shawnee YMCA is a local business that is governed by a group of community volunteers that hire local staff to preform daily functions. Our volunteers and staff love our community and the residents that reside within our community. The Shawnee YMCA started in our community in 1903 and we love having the opportunity to continue our legacy for many years to come.

  • How to Throw a Block Party Step-by-Step

    Whether it's your first or thirtieth, throwing a block party can feel overwhelming. This post will help you throw a block party step-by-step. STEP 1: FIND A PARTNER Find someone who will support you as you party whether it’s a roommate, neighbor, or fellow block leader. (And of course, I’m a party support option. Woot!) STEP 2: PUT A DATE ON THE CALENDAR Pick a date with your someone, and put the date on the calendar. Like, pen to paper or thumb to screen, put it on the literal calendar. Things are 300% more likely to happen if you put them on the calendar. (Which is the same as 3x, but 3 is way less impressive than 300.) STEP 3: PICK YOUR ACTIVITY When you consider your activity, think about what you own or have access to. Do you have a projector for a movie night? Does a neighbor have a fire pit? Can you borrow your sister’s cornhole set? This is your opportunity to get creative. If you're a Block Leader, Community Renewal has a lot of stuff to help make your party great that you can use for free! That includes: A six burner grill and accessories A bounce-house from Extreme Inflatables Street closures from the City of Shawnee Party In a Box sets If you want any of those things for your party, you have to make your request at least two weeks before your party by using the Block Party Planner on the Block Leader tools page. STEP 4: CREATE INVITATIONS From writing them by hand to designing them on canva.com, create your invitations however your creative heart desires. I suggest you include: What - Come Eat Ice Cream Who - With Your Neighbors When - June 27th, 1:00-3:00 p.m. Where - 5555 N. Your Street You can include a final note at the bottom like, “See you there!” or “Bring a lawn chair!” You can make fancy invitations when you open a free account at canva.com. You can draw them by hand. However you want to make your invitations is good with us! Want something easier? I've created done-for-you invitation templates! Plug your information in and you're ready to print with a professional looking invite. STEP 5: PASS OUT INVITATIONS Put a date on the calendar to pass out invitations to your block with your someone. Grab your invites and your tape (nothing that will leave marks on the door, of course). Knock or ring the doorbell once. If your neighbor doesn't answer, tape the invitation to their door and move along. (Don't put it in their mailbox. It's illegal.) If your neighbor is home, introduce yourself and let them know about the party. Feel free to chat it up. For most people, walking around invitations is really uncomfortable. It’s okay. You’re not alone. You have my permission to make it as simple as it needs to be. Don't feel obligated to chat for hours. You don't have to make cookies. You don't have to wait for five minutes for them to come to the door. You showing up is enough. You are enough. STEP 6: PREP FOR THE EVENT Prep depends on your activity. Gather the things you need and have an idea of who’s doing what during the event. It’s okay if you want to provide more than what you put on the invite (like providing food if you just said yard games), but don’t feel pressured to. You can keep it simple. You’re doing a huge thing by making space for relationships, and you’re doing an awesome job at it. STEP 7: RELAX. HAVE FUN. You’ve done a great job. Now, have fun at your event in whatever way that looks like for you. If it’s serving up hot dogs, do it. If it’s leaving the dogs to someone else and mingling, do it. You can trust the work you’ve put into this, and you can trust that things are going to unfold just right. Let the event run its course. Another word on the actual event: people may not come. If they don't come, that's okay, too. It doesn't mean you did anything wrong. You did exactly the right thing by making space for your neighbors. You are enough. Playing the long game just means that, sometimes, the results are further away than we'd like. Keep going. Keep being visible, interacting, and gathering. Good things are ahead. Don't give up!

  • Easy Customizable Block Party Invitations!

    Perhaps the most important step in any block party is the part where you invite. Of course, you can always handwrite / draw these invitations, create your own online at canva.com, OR you could use these super handy ready-to-use templates! Click the invite you want to download below. Fill in the blue spaces with your party information, and you're ready to print! NOTE: These invite templates are only fillable on a computer. The fill in won’t work with mobile devices like phones or tablets. Sorry! Want more block party support? Click here to learn how to throw a block party step-by-step!

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