Waltham Community Organizing

 

At REACH, we believe that building community is critical to our mission of domestic violence prevention. A caring and supportive community can be an invaluable resource for people experiencing relationship 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.

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The Waltham Neighborhoods Fall Festival is one of the ways that we come together as a Waltham community! This year the festival is on Saturday September 27th from 1:00-4:00 PM in front of the Waltham Public Library. A completely free event, it attracts people from all walks of life to join together in celebration. Picture a city wide block party: it’s an opportunity to meet new neighbors, catch up with old friends, participate in some cool activities, and eat some delicious food. We have free hotdogs, hamburgers, and veggie options so bring your appetites.

There is somethPhoto Boothing for everyone to enjoy -- from face painting, puppet making and crafts for kids, to a fun photo booth to take pictures with neighbors! We have some incredible performances lined up from really talented local community members. There will be a Ugandan dance troupe, musical groups from the Boys and Girls Club, the Diamond Family Circus, and live music by Guy, an acoustic rock group. There’s even a chance to win raffle prizes!

 

Ball Pit 2013

If you came to the Fall Festival last year, you may have seen adults having conversations in our ball pit. It was really cool and we’re excited to feature it again. This year, we will also have a ball pit for children, so they can get in on the fun, too! This is an activity that grew quite a crowd at Waltham Day and the Fall Festival last year. Most ball pits people are familiar with are ones for kids in Chuck E Cheese or McDonalds. While we have a small ball pit for children, we also have a ball pit activity for adults! We ask people to take a seat in the ball pit and make a friend with someone else attending the festival that they don’t know. We have questions and conversation starters written on some of the balls and it’s a fun way to create dialogue in the community.

We do other little things to encourage folks to meet someone new, like ask people to wear a name tag. Our information is in English and Spanish to reflect the diversity of the Waltham community and to help festival go-ers connect by breaking down language barriers. All are welcome y todos son bienvenidos.

This success is mainly because the festival is community-driven, community-led, and focused on collaboration with local partners, like the Friends of the Waltham Public Library. Community members identified the need to get to know our neighbors, as simple connections to one another can break isolation and give a sense of community support. Strong communities can provide support for those experiencing domestic violence.

Come out on the afternoon of Saturday September 27 to enjoy all of these fun, family-friendly, and free activities! I can’t wait to get to know you and celebrate our community together. Contact me at katie@reachma.org or at 781-891-0724x107 to connect with me and REACH further, or to get involved with planning the festival. I look forward to seeing you on the front lawn of the Waltham Public Library (735 Main Street) on Saturday September 27th from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM, or in the future, at one of many Waltham events, working together to build our community, prevent violence, and create a world of justice and healing for all.

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