Block Club

City of Compton

Block Clubs

—Formation & Operation―

 

 

What is a Block Club?

•Block Clubs are groups of people who have homes and families to improve the quality of life in their neighborhood

•Community members that share neighborhood safety information, identify concerns and act collectively to address those concerns

•Block Clubs are an effective way to stay involved and create positive change in your neighborhood

•Block Clubs offer an opportunity to develop relationships and hold social events

 

How Can Forming a Block Club Help? 

•Eliminate Negative Influence in the Neighborhood

•Improve Health, Safety Environment, Physical, & Economic Standards of Residents, by Working with Government Departments & other Agencies

•Neighborhood Watch

•Develop a Spirit of Cooperation and Social Interaction Knowing Your Neighbors & Creating a Sense of Community

Law Enforcement Agencies Report Block Clubs Reduce the Risks of Home Burglaries, Vandalism, Personal Assault, & Fraud 

 

How to Form a Block Club

•Two (2) or More People Organize Communication

•Email, Phone, USPS, Regular Meetings, Posters, Flyer, Church Announcements

•A printable registration form can be downloaded - click here

 

 

Block Club Naming?

•Block Club Name Gives Presence

•Normally the Street Name

•Creative Naming is Suitable

•Collectively Decided Upon

 •Challenging Attitudes & Outlooks

  - Know Neighbors

  - Collectively Dealing with Neighborhood Concerns

  - Maintaining Quiet & Peace

  - One Voice to Sheriff Department & Elected Officials

  - Effective Block Club Involvement Less Than 1-hour a Month

 

Types of Block Club Activities

•Physical Street Cleaning

•Community Gardening

•Block Picnics / Parties

•Newsletter / Website

•Block Club Meeting Guest Speakers, i.e., Local Sheriff, Council, State Legislature, Locksmith,…)

•Backyard Movie Night

•Card Parities

•Service Exchange (Babysitting, Fix-Ups,…),

•Crime Reduction through;

∞Landscaping / Home Improvement, Neighborhood Flower Planting, Abatements (Graffiti, Vacant Lots, Weeded Lawns,…),

∞Walks Against Crime,

∞Help Children Travel Safely to & from School

∞Assist in Resolving Neighbor Disputes

∞Provide a Strong Deterrent to Gangs, Guns & Drugs

∞Annual Progress Report to City Council

 

Where to Start

•Half a Block — One Side of a Block — Both Sides — Single Apartment Building

•Consider numbers of Potential Members, Size of Meeting Space, and Nature of the Problems/Issues;

i.e., If Problems is Alley Clean-up then both sides of the Alley should be sought to be part of the Block Club

•Cooperation is Key in Contacting Designated Boundary Residents, (owners, renters, & seniors)

•Letter to Target Group (7 – 10 Days Prior Describing Block Club Standards (i.e. lawn grooming, trash maintenance, property maintenance,…)

•Large Enough to be Effective and Not so Large that People are Unable to Share Idea

 

Where to Meet

•Local Church

•Resident’s Home

•Resident’s Back Yard

•Community Recreation Center

 

First Meeting

•Engage a Temporary President to Conduct the 1st Meeting

•Set an Agenda

•Invite a Speaker from a Successful Local Block Club

•Elect Officers (President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer

•Appoint Temporary Committees, (i.e. By-Laws, Membership, Complaint,…)

•Set Time and Place for 2nd Meeting (Secretarial duty)

 

Problem Solving Strategies

•Team Work

•Identify Concerns

•Recognize Underlying Causes

•Prioritize and Create Plan

•Act Upon Decisions

•Evaluate Results

 

Responsibility of Block Club Captain

•Link to Law Enforcement

•Information Exchange

•Communication

•Phone Tree, Email List, Guest Speakers

•Block Club Events

•Encourage Neighbors to Be Vigilant