Waltham Community Organizing

 

REACH’s organizing initiative seeks to engage the community of Waltham through a process of uniting the community to prevent domestic violence.  Our work in Waltham is dedicated to building relationships, creating a safer community, and acknowledging that we can all take a small action to make a big difference for domestic violence prevention.

Latest in Waltham Organizing:

Our annual Say Hi to Your Neighbors Week in Waltham was March 1st-8th, 2014 and it was a great success. Thank you to all those who participated! Check out some of our photos on the Small Actions Facebook page

We believe that saying Hi to our neighbors helps create a safer community, breaks the isolation that people experiencing violence often feel, and helps us all to be more likely to look out for each other.  We know saying Hi has made a difference because we heard from people whose lives have been touched by domestic violence and said that connecting with others is meaningful.  As incidents of domestic violence continue to appear in the news and in our neighborhoods, it’s good to send a reminder that there are supportive services through REACH and a supportive community here in Waltham.

  • In A Pickle Restaurant offered customers 50% off their bill if they sat down at the community table and had a meal with people they didn't know. It was fun to see people get to know each other over omelets and coffee.
  • On one of the coldest mornings of the year (so cold our milk froze!) we handed out coffee to commuters at the train station.
  • We held a Meet the Social Media event where people put faces with names they recognized from Facebook and Twitter and had conversations about things they're interested in and cared about.
  • WCAC the Waltham Channel said Hi and created a video.
  • More than 60 people, including some of our elected officials, came out for a scavenger hunt at the end of the week. The team that won was made up of three people who all signed up as individuals, got grouped together and ended up winning!

Just because Say Hi Week is over doesn't mean we should stop making connections with our neighbors. Do you own a local business that could help bring community members together?  Do you know how to make coffee? Can you have a neighborhood potluck? Small actions like this can make a big difference and let everyone know that domestic violence has no place in our communities.

If you want to know more about domestic violence and how to talk about it with your family, friends, or neighbors, we invite you to our What to Do/What to Say training. It will occur in two parts April 8th and April 15th from 5:30-7:30pm. For more information or to RSVP please contact Allison or call her at 781.891.0724 x107. 

 

The 4th Annual Waltham Neighborhoods Fall Festival was a huge success!

Did you get your picture taken in our photo booth?  Check out all the pictures in our Flickr slideshow.

Fun at the Photobooth

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