Neighbours are at the centre of everything we do. Healthy cities consist of healthy neighbourhoods, and healthy neighbourhoods are made up of engaged, connected, and resourced residents who love their city and want to see it thrive. 

Our Community Development Coordinator Sarah Cipkar connects with residents across our catchment area – from Howard to Caron, and from the River to Giles. Using Asset-Based Community Development (ABCD) principles, Sarah helps residents connect with each other and with the issues that matter to them. Whether it is a neighbourhood cleanup or an advocacy issue, we keep residents at the centre of everything we do. 

Residents have been key leaders of outdoor movie nights in parks, the creation of a downtown residents association, advocacy surrounding safety and security in downtown neighbourhoods, CPTED walks, social events that bring people together, a monarch butterfly highway, transit advocacy, vacant building strategy and data collection, free little libraries in downtown parks, and so much more. 

We believe in the power of abundant neighbourhoods, where residents exude kindness, generosity, and compassion for one another. From these healthy one-on-one connections, we can build a strong network of cooperation and reciprocity from the ground up! From that network, we can work together to tackle a wide array of problems, create social functions, and celebrate our neighbourhood!

Our neighbourhood work is funded through United Way’s Neighbourhood Engagement Strategy, where we work towards 5 key goals:

  • Residents are more engaged and likely to participate in neighbourhood happenings.
  • Residents have more control of the future of their neighbourhood.
  • Residents feel like they belong in the neighbourhood.
  • The physical appearance of the neighbourhood is improved.
  • The safety and security of residents in the neighbourhood is improved.

To find out more about our neighbourhood engagement strategies, reach out to Sarah Cipkar at 519-790-9518.

United Way Windsor-Essex is a key partner and supporter of our neighbourhood engagement initiatives. Downtown is one of four priority catchment areas that United 
Way identified and committed to resource until March of 2020, along with the West End, Glengarry, and Ford City.

Check out the other organizations at work in those catchment areas: Our West End Neighbourhood Renewal, The Initiative: Glengarry Neighbourhood Renewal, and Ford City Neighbourhood Renewal


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