Become an Active Partner in Your Community Through Neighborhood College and the Leadership Institute

   The Braddock District Community Engagement Initiative seeks to foster stronger connections between people and their communities, strengthen our neighborhoods and help improve the quality of life in the Braddock District.

  Below, you will find information on two programs that will teach you how to step forward and make a difference in your community. If you would like to sign up and join us for one or both of these educational opportunities or are just looking for more information contact the office at 703-425-9300 or

Braddock Leadership Institute - Saturday, January 23, 2010
Ideal for those on boards or considering community leadership. Students will learn:
    •Their role in creating a “thriving community” and responsibilities of volunteering and board leadership
    •Leadership skills, including running successful meetings, volunteer recruitment and cultural competency
    •Fidicuary responsibilities of organizational leadership, e.g., how to read financials and how to be financially viable in a down economy

   Participants also will have the opportunity to engage with other students to discuss ideas for a community action plan for their home owner’s association, civic association or community-based organization.

Braddock Neighborhood college - Two sessions: February-March and April-May
  Ideal for those who want to make a difference but aren’t sure where to start. Graduates use this program to help their neighbors, become involved in local issues, take on leadership roles in their communities and volunteer. Students:
    •Learn about local government; meet elected officials and leaders
    •Learn what makes Braddock unique and meet community-based organizations
    •See how to build partnerships and consensus
    •Learn effective participation and leadership skills, including engaging diverse communities

   Students must be able to attend and participate in scheduled classes (held once a week, evenings, for six weeks) and activities.

Community Engagement Tip of the Month

Volunteer Solutions has numerous opportunities to help older adults or adults with disabilities who live within minutes of your home. Here’s just a sample:

* Transportation to medical appointments
* Social visits
* Grocery shopping
* Meals on Wheels delivery
* Household tasks

Mileage reimbursement and flexible volunteer hours are available.

Call 703-324-5406, e-mail or visit Volunteer Solutions is a program of the Department of Family Services’ Division of Adult and Aging Services.


Braddock Neighborhood News: George Braunstein, Community Services Board Executive Director

  Last month, Braddock Neighborhood News aired an interview with David Ellis, the Neighborhood Services Coordinator for the County Executive, and Ken Disselkoen, the Director of the Department of Systems Management for Human Services. The interview, supports the launch of Supervisor Cook’s Community Engagement Initiative in Braddock District.

   Supervisor Cook and his guests discussed both changing the nature of the relationship between citizen and local government away from a government-centric model, shifting instead towards using the government as a facilitator, and how the upcoming Leadership Conference and Neighborhood College can help community leaders to tackle these challenges in their own neighborhoods.

   In this month’s edition, Supervisor Cook interviews George Braunstein, Executive Director of the Community Services Board. We learn about our neighbors living with intellectual disabilities, mental illness, and substance abuse as well as the difficulties faced by those who may be living without a home during this holiday season.

   Helping these neighbors is a collaborative effort between government, non-profit agencies, and neighbors willing to offer a helping hand. Supervisor Cook hopes you can take some time to tune in this month to learn more about the significant and complex challenges these neighbors face and what role we – as their neighbors – can play in helping them.

   Braddock Neighborhood News airs on Fridays and Sundays at 5 p.m. and Wednesdays at 7 p.m. on Channel 16 and can also be viewed online, 24 hours a day, at

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