Neighbor Up is a group of 3,000 people committed to using our talents and skills to improve life in our neighborhoods. We use people power to build bridges across lines of difference and create an extraordinary world right where we live!
Neighbor Up started in 2012 with a small group of 25 people. It emerged from the pain and isolation many of us were feeling. We felt it and heard it from our neighbors at community meetings, on front porches and in the streets. People were feeling that most of the decision-making about neighborhoods was made by just a few people and residents were not taken seriously.
A small group of neighbors and Neighborhood Connections staff got together and had conversations about what could be done differently to better our community.
We determined that there needed to be a place where all voices could be heard, and where people could work together to create a more inclusive and powerful community. Neighbor Up was born.
Neighbor Up members:
- create positive spaces where people can bring and share their skills, wisdom and knowledge;
- tackle hard conversations about race, equity and inclusion and build bridges across lines of difference;
- are working together to create a more just, equitable and inclusive Cleveland.
Since Neighbor Up formed, members — with support from Neighborhood Connections — have created hundreds of small-scale initiatives on their streets and in their neighborhoods. Members have worked to get seats at the tables where big decisions are made and have worked on issues like hire local job pipelines, infant mortality, lead poisoning and racial equity.
There’s still a lot of work to be done. We look forward to continuing to work together. Neighbor Up!