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Good Neighbor Day Planning

Roles and Responsibilities

  • Nominate a service project using our online Nomination Form
  • Assist in the recruitment, assemblage, and management of volunteers
  • Mobilize your networks and resources
  • Delegate tasks and assign responsibilities to your volunteer team to ensure project completion within 3.5 hours.
  • Provide guidance, support, and education to your volunteer team
  • Identify issues, troubleshoot problems, and find appropriate solutions.

Assist Project Leader to:

  • Motivate and inspire volunteer team
  • Distribute tools and resources to your volunteer team
  • Provide guidance, support, and education to your volunteer team
  • Identify issues, troubleshoot problems, and find appropriate solutions
  • Check in volunteers using the GivePulse Mobile Application

This year, we have a few main types of experts who are volunteering their time and expertise toward the success of Good Neighbor Day projects, including:

  • Invasive Species
  • Pollinator Gardens and Habitats
  • Native Plants and Planting
  • Tree Planting
  • Permaculture Gardening

Assist volunteers in:

  • Following proper procedures and guidelines for the best long-term results
  • Making decisions about design and logistics
  • Learning what you're passionate about whether that be pollinators, native plants, invasive identification, trees, permaculture, and more
  • Register for a project using Services 24/7
  • Check e-mail for up-to-date communications from your Project Leader
  • Arrive prepared and on time to your assigned project site
  • Accept direction and guidance from your project leaders
  • Complete assigned duties with care and efficiency
  • Discuss overarching themes and direction
  • Attend in-person (catered!) meetings once a month in the Community Meeting Room at College Park City Hall. 
  • Bring your expertise, ideas, feedback, resources, and network
  • Participate in at least 1 working group
  • Identify issues, troubleshoot problems, and find appropriate solutions
  • Volunteer for a Good Neighbor Day project on Saturday, October 21, 8:30 AM to 12 PM.
  • Discuss specialized or specific topics
  • Participate in virtual meetings scheduled by Working Group Chair
  • Provide your expertise to the working group team
  • Mobilize your network and resources
  • Identify issues, troubleshoot problems, and find appropriate solutions
  • Volunteer for a Good Neighbor Day project on Saturday, October 21, 8:30 AM to 12 PM.

Project Selection

  • Sustainability Initiatives
    • Stormwater drain painting
    • Waterway cleanups
    • Rain garden installations
    • Water quality monitoring
    • Removing invasive plant species
    • Planting trees for shade or native diversity
    • Permaculture gardening
    • Picking up trash
    • Planting pollinator gardens
  • Intergenerational Connection Initiatives
    • Exchanging generational skills
      • Teaching technology such as email or mobile apps
      • Teaching practical skills such as sewing, cooking, or knitting
    • Providing mentorship or leadership
  • Local History Initiatives
    • Transcribing archival documents
    • Capturing history and storytelling
  • Food Security Initiatives
    • Hosting food drive benefiting local food banks
    • Packing or providing meals

Nominated Projects

  • Submissions are reviewed and selected by the Good Neighbor Day Planning Committee, which is comprised of representatives from the University of Maryland, the City of College Park, M-NCPPC, and key community partners.
  • Each year, we choose several project sites that are divided among hundreds of volunteers.

Selected Projects

Good Neighbor Day partners will:

  • Supply tools and materials necessary to complete the service project.
  • Promote service projects on our website and social media.
  • Provide volunteer registration, communications, and necessary waivers.

All projects are subject to review and may not be chosen for this year's Good Neighbor Day. 

  1. The project site must be within College Park or surrounding communities. See map โ†’
  2. The project must enhance community space or knowledge.
  3. The project must have an educational component for volunteers.
  4. The project must be completed within 3.5 hours.

Project Site Location Boundary

Boundary for Good Neighbor Day Projects

Each year, Good Neighbor Day supports projects in College Park and surrounding neighborhoods.

While this term is loose, all project nominations should fall into the black line boundary of this map so we can best support project sites with resources. See map โ†’

2023 Planning Committee Working Groups

  • Ensure brand alignment with the three co-partners of Good Neighbor Day
  • Provide clear, active, plain language communication between all partners and volunteers
  • Establish an easy-to-use registration system
  • Share expertise and insight regarding volunteer registration, recruitment, and marketing
  • Recruit and provide resources to residents to run community hubs or information booths throughout College Park on Good Neighbor Day
  • Elect a Working Group Chair
  • Recruit local residents, nonprofits, businesses, and faith-based organizations
  • Implement strategies that attract local community engagement
  • Share expertise and insight regarding volunteer mobilization in our local communities
  • Enhance relationships with local stakeholders including community members, local organizations, and government agencies to provide project nominations
  • Elect a Working Group Chair
  • Recruit middle and high school student volunteers from local school districts
  • Engage UMD student volunteers
  • Implement strategies that attract student engagement
  • Communicate Good Neighbor Day as a Student Service Learning Opportunity
  • Enhance relationships with educational stakeholders including UMD, PGCPS, MCPS, and other higher education institutions to provide project nominations
  • Elect a Working Group Chair
  • Acquire supplies and tools to complete all service projects
  • Obtain funding, grants, or donations for supplies and labor
  • Select and schedule any required spaces including meeting or convening rooms and supply pick-up locations
  • Evaluate each project's need for gloves, tools, t-shirts, first-aid kids
  • Determine and schedule after-event trash pick-up
  • Elect a Working Group Chair
  • Establish project capacity
  • Approve a limited number of nominated projects that most strongly align with the 2023 Good Neighbor Day Themes
  • Provide an estimate of how many volunteers are needed to adequately complete all projects
  • The Project Selection Working Group is comprised of all Working Group Chairs
  • Working Group will meet virtually 1 time to establish:
    • How many projects will be selected 
    • Approve or pass projects
    • Estimate volunteers needed.
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