From the City of Seattle, Department of Neighborhoods
by Sam Read
Seattle Department of Neighborhoods announces the Community Resource Hub – an online portal of City resources, information, and tools to help community members connect and engage with city government and with each other. The site features “how-to” documents, videos, websites, tip sheets, links to discounted City resources, and more.
“To create opportunities and broaden accessibility, we are constantly striving to make improvements,” said Kathy Nyland, director of Seattle Department of Neighborhoods. “The city has so many valuable resources available that we wanted to create a “one-stop shop” to make it easier for community members. Their requests are what inspired the Community Resource Hub.”
The portal is divided into three sections:
Get Informed provides the basics of government, along with information on City resources and opportunities.
Get Engaged shares useful web tools to help people connect and engage with government and with each other.
Get Organized provides City resources for those ready to organize their neighborhood or community.
Here are a few highlights of the new Community Resource Hub:
- The Community Connector website is a crowd-sourced list of community and not-for-profit organizations to help Seattleites connect with organizations that share their interests.
- Our Accessing City Government video series shares information on how government works, how to access it, how to connect with it, and how to use your voice within it.
- The Add Your Voice webpage is where you can find opportunities to give your input and feedback on a variety of City plans and projects.
- Get Informed Toolbox provides links to information, workshops, and resources that are free or discounted.
- Get Organized Toolbox has tip sheets and templates for organizing a neighborhood/community group, such as successful meeting tips, recruitment ideas, and publicity tools.
New tools and resources will be coming online throughout the year, so visit seattle.gov/resourcehub often to Get Involved, Get Engaged and Get Organized.