Our Plans for Future Growth
Looking Forward in 2016...
Impact Cleveland sponsors community events that encourage neighbors to build positive relationships with one another and come together to form a more vibrant community. In 2015, Impact Cleveland committed to hosting four large community events, and four smaller community events. We average 200 participants with every event, but anticipate that number increasing in 2016. Our events, such as the Spring Fling, the Blythe Summer Splash, Fall Fright Fest, and parties in the community garden, have been wildly successful and have just gotten better as time goes on. Thanks to our partnerships with the Boys and Girls Club Blythe Unit and The Refuge, we hope to expand and improve even more in 2016!
Impact Cleveland co-hosts two monthly meetings with the Blythe Oldfield Community Association on the first and third Thursday of each month. BOCA began with five concerned residents, but has grown to include 25 regularly-attending and committed residents. Moving forward in 2016, Impact Cleveland intends to continue outreach efforts to engage residents and increase participation in meetings, as well as assist the community with fundraising efforts and acquiring 501c(3) status. 2016 will be a year of growth for the Blythe Oldfield Community Association as they solidify their association and become even more equipped to bring about positive change in our community.
Great growth has been taking place in this priority area during 2015! The Blythe Oldfield Neighborhood Watch is now on the National Neighborhood Watch Registry, has grown to over thirty full-time members, with nine resident block captains, and has received it's own meeting day and time. Neighborhood Watch now meets on the last Monday of every month, at 6:00 P.M. in the conference room of the old Blythe Elementary School, located at 1075 Blythe Ave SE. In 2016, we intend to work alongside residents to create Neighborhood Watch handbooks for all members, encourage greater attendance and participation, and further improve relationships between community residents and law enforcement.