"Working to create safe, beautiful and healthy neighborhoods" is the mission of Neighborhood Alliance. We believe that living in a safe and beautiful neighborhood is a responsibility, not a right. Therefore our goal is to empower all citizens with the skills, resources and connections needed to improve their own neighborhoods...which ultimately improves the lives of everyone in the community.
Neighborhood Alliance celebrated it's 35th year in 2012 and we continue to serve an essential service to OKC. We build and maintain strong ties between citizens and City of OKC Officials, Police and Fire personnel and other non-profits in order to create great neighborhoods for all. Today we offer all neighborhoods grant writing assistance, skills training workshops, crime prevention programs, advocacy, facilitated strategic planning, and leadership training. In the last 8 years we have helped low to moderate income neighborhoods receive and implement over $1.3 million dollars worth of improvements projects. Through this partnership we have empowered neighborhoods to• voluntarily rehab the homes of their most vulnerable citizens• beautify parks by planting and maintaining landscapes• create beautiful public entry ways• plant trees in public spaces• curb crime through incorporating numerous programs• eradicate graffiti within their neighborhood• create a before school program at Taft Jr. High
Together we create grass-roots involvement in local government by encouraging residents to work closely with both public/private sources and to help create neighborhoods that nurture and support all who live there. . Our effectiveness can be measured in part by our growth. In 2005 Neighborhood Alliance supported 290 neighborhood associations with 61% of these neighborhoods being inner-city or low to moderate income areas. In 2011, we have the opportunity to work with 420 neighborhood and homeowner associations of which 72% are in low to moderate income areas. In addition we support 1,260 volunteer officers and board members for these associations and an additional 80,000 households which are members of these associations. Our staff has grown from only 1 to 6 employees and many professional organizations, as well as the City of OKC, are seeking us out for more in-depth partnerships.
The FYE 2012 impact was huge.• Helped develop a vibrant community by assisting over 400 neighborhoods with resources, skills training and advocacy• Raised the bar on civic responsibility by training over 750 citizens through our community workshops and graduating 27 from the 7-week Neighborhood Leaders for Today academy. • Created beautiful neighborhoods by helping to raise over $180,000 in private funds and connecting volunteer work-groups with neighborhood projects• Produced safer neighborhoods by preparing 7 new neighborhood Crime Patrols, providing Crime Watch training to 35 neighborhoods and mailing monthly boundary-specific crime reports to all neighborhoods. • Partnered with the City of OKC on the Strong Neighborhoods Initiative, an innovative plan that will concentrate efforts in 3 low-income areas over the next 5 years to help transform the area. • Celebrated with our very own Riverpark Neighborhood Association when they placed 2nd in the national “2011 Best Neighborhood in the United States” contest.
Our FYE 2013 Goals are to:• Provide a minimum of 15 professional training programs throughout the year on various topics so OKC residents can obtain the skills necessary to positively impact their neighborhoods.• Partner with OCPD and Target Stores to host up to 70 Neighbors Night Out events city wide.• Partner with the Central Oklahoma Architects Association and Barnes and Noble in building “My Free Libraries” and placing them in up to 25 OKC neighborhoods in early Spring 2013.• Facilitate the resident-driven strategic planning process in the 3 Strong Neighborhood Initiative low-income neighborhoods with plans to present the reports to City Council in early 2013. • Update our web, data and communications system so we can better serve the needs of our partnering neighborhoods, City Officials and the public.
Our number one need is to fully fund our existing core programming so we can adequately respond to the needs of all neighborhoods. The current need for our services outweighs our ability to respond and regrettably we have to turn down requests for help. We want to have more of a presence in under-served neighborhoods that don't have an organized association through proactively attracting and nurturing grass-roots leadership in low income areas. We would fulfill this need by hiring a full time Neighborhood Capacity Builder. We want to be more responsive to the Mandatory Home Owner Associations and their unique needs by offering specific trainings, a specialized newsletter, hot-line assistance and a list of community resources specific to serving this population. This could be funded though contracts with professional, for-profit groups that work with HOAs.
We want to package our educational programs in a way that all citizens can find a class that will help them be better neighbors and/or more engaged citizens. We would accomplish this through developing marketing materials, providing incentives to attend, covering universal topics with inspiring national speakers, and attracting corporate sponsorships.
Throughout the year we host educational workshops that feature professional guest speakers on topics that empower citizens to become engaged civic and neighborhood leaders. All classes require an RSVP and you can register online (www.nacok.org) or by calling the office (405-528-6322). • Monthly Organizational and Officer Training/ first Tuesday of each month. Newly elected neighborhood or HOA officers or those wanting to organize or re-organize an association are encouraged to attend this free class.• Community Workshops are held throughout the year and include Code Enforcement 101; Creating Neighborhood Communication Plans; Disaster Planning for Neighborhoods; Landscaping Public Spaces; and more• The Home Owner Association Series are topics specifically for mandatory dues-paying associations• Beautification Station Bus Tour is a free chartered bus tour of little known beautification or volunteer driven projects in OKC. Held in late Spring of each year
Born and raised in Enid, Oklahoma, Georgie graduated from Oklahoma Baptist University in Shawnee with a degree in Social Work. She has had a long career working in non-profit organizations, and for the past 8 years has served as the Executive Director of Neighborhood Alliance; a 35 year old non-profit whose mission is to help create safe, active and healthy neighborhoods throughout Central Oklahoma.
Georgie has worked in non-profits for over 25 years holding positions as Ex. Director of the Oklahoma City Literacy Council, Director of the OKC Rape Crisis Center, Ex. Director of the Oklahoma Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault, and Leadership Director for the Guthrie Job Corps Center. She also served as the Legislative Director for the Texas Council on Family Violence in Austin, Tx.
Georgie, her family and 3 dogs all live in the heart of Oklahoma City in a wonderful 1924 Tudor style house located in the Las Vegas Neighborhood. She serves on the Board of Directors for Classen Beautiful, is a volunteer grant reviewer for the Susan G. Komen Grants Committee, was appointed by the Mayor of OKC to serve on the MAPS 3 Sidewalks and Trails subcommittee, chairs the Alarm Review Board for the City of OKC, is a recent graduate of Leadership OKC Class 30 and loves her neighbors in her own neighborhood of Las Vegas.
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