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Engagement

11,819 resident leaders trained NeighborWorks America and the NeighborWorks network exist because of dedicated community members who work to transform the places they live for the better.

Community Building and Engagement program

The NeighborWorks network was created out of the passion and commitment of local residents who wanted to change their communities for the better. We believe resident engagement and leadership are essential for communities to realize their vision for a vibrant and welcoming place for all to call home. Community building and engagement work brings the talents, resources and skills of people in a community together, increasing their collective capacity.

Our Community Building and Engagement program helps our NeighborWorks network member organizations to:

local leaders

inspire and support resident leaders

resident-led associations

invigorate and sustain resident-led associations

community-building activities

effectively sponsor community building activities



Our resident-driven approaches strengthen relationships among neighbors and catalyze positive community change. Learn more about the community building and engagement program.
Resident Leadership and NeighborWorks America
A look at the power and impact of residents engaged in their communities and how NeighborWorks and its network support this important element of community building.

NeighborWorks Week

We faciliate an annual week of service called NeighborWorks Week. This event mobilizes thousands of volunteers, businesspeople, neighbors, friends, and local and national elected and civic leaders in a week of neighborhood change and awareness.

Getting involved in your community

Make a difference in your community by becoming involved with local activities. Good places to start include:

  • Contacting a local nonprofit. Visit our NeighborWorks network directory to find an organization near you.
  • Volunteering. Search for opportunities at your library or online.
  • Participating in local events. Is your community holding a fair, theme day or fundraiser? Offer to help or stop by and talk to the organizers. Also consider events like National Night Out as opportunities to meet your neighbors.
  • Getting involved with a neighborhood association. Attend meetings and participate in your neighborhood association. 

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