By Mary Jo Viero
BAPA Community Organizer
Are you new to the neighborhood?
Moving to a new community can be overwhelming. Trying to meet people and learn about everything the neighborhood has to offer takes time and is not always easy. BAPA is making this process easier by hosting a new neighbor meet and greet on Tues., Oct. 1.
If you moved into your Beverly/Morgan Park home after January 2018, BAPA wants help you connect with new friends and neighbors, local businesses and resources, and organizations, including your civic association. Homeowners will receive reusable welcome bags filed with giveways and coupons from local businesses and helpful information about the neighborhood.
Little Company of Mary Hospital is sponsoring this event.
Everyone Can Get Involved
BAPA’s serves the area from 87th 119th streets, California to Beverly avenues. In order to communicate effectively and address the different needs of each section of the community, BAPA’s service area is broken down into several smaller sections called civic associations. These groups are vital to our overall community because they give a voice to the specific needs of particular areas.
Every resident of Beverly/Morgan Park is encouraged to be involved in their civic association. Each association has its own personality, priorities and challenges which contribute to the spirit of the neighborhood. BAPA’s goal is to help each of the civic associations to be strong and active so that we can work together on larger projects that are important to the whole community.
Active civic associations help build relationships with neighbors, strengthen communication and create a unified voice. Working on projects together provides a sense of pride and satisfaction right where we live. Most associations have a family friendly focus, offering activities like bike rides, movie nights and Easter egg hunts. Many associations participate in tree plantings and the annual Clean and Green, working to beautify their area’s park or public space.
Problem–solving also fosters active participation. In the past, associations have addressed issues such as traffic, noise, and problem homes or businesses.
The more you get involved, the more you will Love Where You Live.
Neighbors who want more information about the new neighbor meet and greet or becoming active in their civic association can contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or 773-233-3100. I look forward to hearing from you. Together we are stronger.