Tuesday, March 15, 2011

NNO 2011, first meeting April 14 @ 6:30pm

Greetings Friends of NNO,

Welcome to the first post for the NNO Topeka, 2011.

Judy Wilson, beloved Safe Streets representative, sent the following to the Neighborhood Watch list.

National Night Out - Save the Date!!!

Mark your calendars for National Night Out Saturday, August 6, 2011!

Whether you are new to National Night Out or an experienced neighborhood NNO organizer, you’re invited to attend the first NNO planning meeting of 2011. Come and meet old friends, pick up your information packet, and ask any questions you might have about this special day.

The first planning meeting is scheduled for Thursday, April 14 at 6:30 p.m. at the Topeka/Shawnee County Library, 1515 SW 10th Avenue, Room 101C on the first floor.

Our goal is 50 neighborhoods this year so stay tuned for more information about the April 14 meeting date and learn other helpful hints for a successful event. If you have any questions don’t hesitate to call Jeff Imparato at 633.9350 or Judy Wilson at 266.4606.

Saturday, August 7, 2010

2010 NNO Participation

42 NNO neighborhoods registered in 2010! That is +12 neighborhoods vs. 2009! 40 neighborhoods will participate tonight. Thanks Topeka!

Monday, May 31, 2010

Local Topeka Businesses Support NNO

Did you know that 34 local Topeka businesses have previously supported an NNO event? Please e-mail nnotopeka@gmail.com today if your business would like to learn more about supporting NNO!

Sunday, May 16, 2010

National Night Out Topeka holds first planning meeting | Tuesday, May 11, 2010

By Syed Shabbir
KTKA Channel 49 News

National Night Out is a event that unites the community with law enforcement agencies.

National Night Out Topeka held its first planning meeting Tuesday night, and this year organizers are looking for more participation from the community.

NNO is teaming up with Safe Streets, The Topeka Police Department and the Shawnee Sheriff's Office to help local neighborhoods take a proactive stance against crime.

Over the summer, participating neighborhoods will get $200 from law enforcement agencies to hold events in their area to raise awareness about crime.

"We have one event every year in August, and we celebrate by getting our neighborhoods together and having law enforcement and city officials visit our neighborhoods and celebrate our unity between law enforcement and the community," Lead Volunteer Jon Michaels said.

In 2009, 30 neighborhoods participated in National Night Out. This year, organizers want to have 50.

For more information about getting involved you can call Safe Streets at 785-266-4606 or become a fan of "NNO Topeka" on Facebook today!

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Meeting Dates

May 2010
Tuesday, 11th – NNO meeting

Safe Streets office 6:00pm – 7:00pm

June 2010
Wednesday, 16th – NNO meeting

Safe Streets office 6:30pm – 7:30pm

July 2010
Thursday, 29th – NNO meeting

Safe Streets office 6:30pm – 7:30pm

August 2010
Saturday, 7th – NNO in Topeka

Tuesday, 17th – NNO meeting

Safe Streets office 6:30pm – 7:30pm

November 2009
Tuesday, 16th – NNO Celebration

TBD 5:30pm – 7:30pm

Your NNO Advisory Board for 2010-2011

Sally Zellers, Scott Crider, Chief Miller, Sheriff Barta, Karen Hiller, Shelly Buhler, Ron Brown
• Meet twice a year with NNO Volunteer Committee and advise on work plan updates
• Attend the annual NNO event on August 7th as a member of the dignitary team
• Be available via e-mail year-round
• Serve a 2-year term

Your NNO Committee for 2010

Jon Michaels, Judy Wilson, Jay Simecka, Justin Boyles, Dave Graversen, Jeff Imparato, Stephanie Bunten and Tom Benaka

• Meet quarterly to plan and execute NNO work plan
• Attend the annual NNO event on August 7th as a member of the dignitary team
• Be available via e-mail year-round

Proposed Team of Volunteers: Lead, Law Enforcement, Safe Streets, Programming, Recruiting, Marketing and Vendor.

Lead Volunteer | JON MICHAELS, nnotopeka@gmail.com

• Lead NNO Volunteer Committee
• Benchmark with other Lead NNO Volunteers nationwide for new ideas
• Maintain and increase NNO budget to meet the needs of needed additional support

Law Enforcement Volunteer | Shawnee County Sheriff’s and Topeka Police
• Lead Project 365 annual project in Shawnee County
o How: designate a particular ‘problem area’ with the goal of working towards correcting that problem within an estimated “365” days – or, in other words, NNO 2009 – NNO 2010
o Responsible for capturing pictures at least once a month of ‘problem area’

Safe Streets Volunteer | JUDY WILSON, jwilson@safestreets.org
• Creates and implements annual timeline for NNO event
• Captures notes from all meetings and shares them via e-mail to NNO Volunteer Team
• Coordinates and communicates all meeting dates, times and venues

Programming Volunteer | DAVE GRAVERSON, dgraversen@cox.net
• Collect and share programming best practices with all participating neighborhoods
o How: block parties, cookouts, visits from local police and sheriff departments, parades, exhibits, flashlight walks, contests, and youth programs (NNO recommended)
• Partners with Safe Streets Volunteer in creating neighborhood informational packets prior to the NNO event
• Distribution of materials: Lock it, Remove it, or Lose it – Record it, Report it, Recover it – 211, etc.

Recruiting Volunteer | TOM BENAKA, tbenaka@swbell.net

• Recruit 15-25% new and sustain existing neighborhood participation
• Help identify community events and meetings to coordinate NNO Committee attendance to solicit new neighborhood participation (e.g., neighborhood watch meetings, etc.)
• Target 5-7 other organizations to host an NNO event (e.g., Topeka Rescue Mission, other non-profits and/or faith community that brings others together)

Marketing Volunteer | STEPHANIE BUNTEN, stephaniebunten@hotmail.com

• Promote awareness throughout Shawnee County on NNO year-round
o How: media relations for event coverage, maximize social networking (Facebook, blog and Twitter), securing business cards for NNO Volunteer Committee and marketing signage for participating neighborhoods, NNO t-shirts for committee, monthly communication with NNO participants and collecting NNO pictures to share

Vendor Volunteer | JEFF IMPARATO, libraryguy1@yahoo.com

• Build relationships with all vendors needed for NNO
o How: review existing vendor relationships, strategize on needed vendors to participate in NNO and recruit and secure new vendor relationships
o Secure transportation for dignitary visits during the NNO event
• Determine Target, the national sponsor of NNO, level of support
• Partner with Lead Volunteer to ensure there is transportation secured for the dignitary visits during NNO