Friday, June 1, 2012

Making a Difference with NeighborWorks Week 2012

Photo of Eileen Fitzgerald
By Eileen Fitzgerald
Chief Executive Officer
NeighborWorks America

Every year NeighborWorks Week gives us an opportunity to step outside our normal routines, roll up our sleeves and connect with the people and places we work so hard to support. This year, NeighborWorks Week will take place June 2-9, and I am pleased to say that we have over 160 events planned thanks to the dedication of NeighborWorks network organizations across the country, and support from NeighborWorks America staff.

By volunteering this week, and throughout the year, we put our words into action and learn what’s working, and what challenges remain for local communities. These efforts enrich our work while providing much needed support and partnership to the communities we serve.

NeighborWorks Week 2012 Logo
In FY2011, the NeighborWorks network generated 240,000 volunteer hours through the Community Building and Organizing program. This NeighborWorks Week I’ve invited all DC staff to a volunteer opportunity in Montgomery Housing Partnership in Silver Spring. We’ll be planting flowers, mulching playgrounds, painting and picking up trash around the property.

I hope that you, wherever you are, can volunteer at one of our many local NeighborWorks Week events, and that you will share your experiences and photos with us via Facebook and Twitter (#NWW2012).

To learn which events are near you, visit You can also see pictures from last year’s events in our Flickr album.