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About Neighbors For Neighbors, Inc.

WHAT WE DO:

We help neighbors do stuff with and for each other.

THE CHALLENGE:

Most people don’t know or interact with more than a few of their neighbors or civil servants, and are unaware of established community and government resources; without mechanisms to connect, communicate, and collaborate, they are left frustrated and apathetic, unlikely to act or advocate for themselves or each other, nor feel vested in the neighborhood where they live.

Demand for municipal and social services are on the rise while resources to finance and deliver these services are scarce. It is this disparity that leaves needs and expectations unmet and opportunities for trust and collaboration unfulfilled.

MISSION:

To connect and empower people who wish to do stuff with and for their neighbors with each other and to resources to empower them to take action. 

VISION:

We envision neighborhoods where neighbors know the names of their neighbors and those who serve them, are safe and happy, have access to services and share resources, and feel motivated to proactively contribute to each other’s quality of life.

BELIEFS

  • Everybody wants to make a difference
  • People want to feel connected to their neighbors
  • Neighborhoods thrive when neighbors come together in person
  • Everyone is vital

VALUES

  • Community-driven
  • Inclusive
  • Collaborative
  • Fun
  • Innovative

WE CONNECT NEIGHBORS WITH EACH OTHER AND TO RESOURCES

  • We lower the barriers to connection and engagement
  • We connect online and get together offline

WE ARE A SOUNDBOARD FOR VOICES

  • Everyone can share, anyone can listen
  • We empower all those who are here now

WE ARE A SPRINGBOARD FOR ACTION

  • Anyone can create, everyone can participate 
  • We move people past discussion, through action, and produce results

Frequently Asked Questions:

WHO IS BEHIND NEIGHBORS FOR NEIGHBORS?

  • Joseph Porcelli - Founder and Volunteer Organizer
  • Lisa Vass - Community Moderator
  • Board Members - David Friedman, Erin Meiman, Ann Marie Belrose

WHAT IS THE HISTORY BEHING NEIGHBORS FOR NEIGHBORS?

  • Joseph founded Neighbors for Neighbors in Jamaica Plain, a neighborhood in Boston MA in 2004 to address mugging in the neighborhood. 
  • In 2005 he started organizing Neighborhood Social for his neighbors to connect
  • In 2006 he started organizing Community Organizing Expo's so his neighbors could create community services projects and social activity groups to keep them engaged over time. In total about 200 have been formed.
  • In 2007 the first version of NeighborsForNeighbors.org was launched to allow neighbors to communicate and collaborate without Joseph having to be involved. 
  • In 2009 Joseph launched the first version of Snowcrew
  • With patch.com and nextdoor.com entering the market place, Joseph and Board transitioned their focus to other projects and technologies to empower neighbors to help them do stuff with and for each other. 
  • Snowcrew has been the main focus since 2011

HOW IS NEIGHBORS FOR NEIGHBORS FUNDED?

  • Our members. It takes about $1,000 a year to keep us online. We are a lean mean stranger to neighbor transforming machine!

WHERE CAN I DONATE?

  • You can make a tax deductible donation via via PayPal

IS THIS JOSEPH'S FULL TIME JOB?

Nope. For work, Joseph is the Director of Engagement Services at GovDelivery. In his free time, he voluntarily organize NeighborsForNeighbors.org and SnowCrew. At heart, he is a Professional Neighbor.

He does this because his experience has shown him our communities are strongest and we are happiest when we are informed, empowered, and in service to each other.

HOW CAN I GET IN TOUCH WITH JOSEPH?

  • Phone - 857-222-4420
  • Twitter - @JosephPorcelli
  • Email - jporcelli @ our url


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