The Love My Hood program was inspired by a visit and presentation from Mr. Jim Diers, former Director of the Department of Neighbourhoods in Seattle, Washington. Jim's focus is about building community by using what you already have, whether it be people, spaces or places. We can achieve more by working together and help Burlington have vibrant neighbourhoods.
|What is Love My Hood?|
Love My Hood is a program to build a healthier Burlington by engaging and empowering residents to come together and provide events celebrating their Burlington neighbourhoods.
Love My Hood helps residents bring events to all neighbourhoods throughout the city by supporting and encouraging Burlington residents to hold their own neighbourhood gatherings, activities or projects where neighbours can get to know each other. Love My Hood provides resources, support and guidance and eliminates some common barriers in event hosting.
Annually, the city hosts a celebration for Love My Hood neighbourhood event organizers. All Love My Hood neighbourhoods from across the city of Burlington are invited to share their success stories, inspire others, network and celebrate Love My Hood together. The annual celebration will focus on awards, recognition and future planning.
Love My Hood events can be as small or as big as you like. In the "Planning Ideas and Resources" section we provide information to support both small and large gatherings.
|How can I contact Love My Hood?|
This project is being maintained by the City of Burlington Festivals and Events Office.
|When can I host a Love My Hood event?|
Events and projects between June 1 and Sept. 30 are eligible for the annual Love My Hood awards and year-end celebration. A completed Love My Hood event evaluation form must be received before you can attend the annual celebration.
*Note: Love My Hood is a year-round program. Activities held after Sept. 30 will be celebrated the following year.
|How do I define my 'neighbourhood' or 'community'?|
Neighbourhoods and communities are the focus of the Love My Hood.
neigh.bor.hood | nāber,hoŏd | A Neighbourhood is defined by a geographic area that people share.
Samples of how to define your neighbourhood are by street boundaries or, if you live in an apartment, your neighbourhood could be your building. Samples of community are a common culture, language, or other shared interest, regardless of geography. The main thing to remember is that once you choose your neighbourhood boundaries or community characteristics, your event or activity must be promoted to and be open to all who meet your criteria.
When planning an event or activity, be very clear and define the neighbourhood area or community that is invited to the event. For example, if only four blocks are invited to attend, name those blocks as your defined area, do not use the official Neighbourhood Association name which may include a larger area. Since there are many ways to define neighbourhoods, it is okay if your neighbourhood or community overlaps with other groups.
|What events or activities are eligible?|
To be eligible for Love My Hood, a neighbourhood or community must hold a gathering that brings people together in person and be open to all who live in that neighbourhood or are a part of the community. For example, you may define your neighbourhood as the three blocks in and around your home. An eligible event would invite all residents in that defined area to attend. The event or activity would include a way for neighbours who attend the chance to get to know one another as neighbours.
If an activity is led by an organization such as a church, interest group or agency, it is eligible if the activity is open to all who live within the geographical area defined as the neighbourhood or community and there is an effort to invite every member of the neighbourhood or community.
|What is the Love My Hood Annual Celebration?|
The Love My Hood Annual Celebration recognizes community members from across Burlington who held activities and gatherings to bring their neighbours and communities together.
The Love My Hood Annual Celebration includes:
Each annual celebration will include the "Hoodie Legacy Ceremony" where neighbourhood event organizers will be asked to recruit someone from in their neighbourhood to "pass the torch to". We do encourage each organizer to bring at least one other person from their neighbourhood so they are able to "pass the hoodie", inspire others, and build and enhance the event annually. The "Hoodie Legacy Ceremony" will help to create a legacy in each neighbourhood to encourage an annual event. Please remember: everyone is welcome!
|For what awards could my neighbourhood be eligible?|
Recognition Awards are presented at the Love My Hood annual celebration in four categories:
For each award, recipients will be chosen from a list of eligible entries. Your Love My Hood application and evaluation form will determine your eligibility for these awards, and you must be present at the annual celebration to accept an award.
A community can be defined as a group of people who identify with and support each other.
Ideas for Events
See ways of working with fire fighters, police and other groups under the Resources section.
Some things to think about:
|Thinking about Inclusion...|
Who is in your neighbourhood - Seniors? Youth? Who else? This section gives ideas based on the type of people in your neighbourhood.
Find ways to include youth:
To find ways to include seniors and support seniors taking part in neighbourhood events, please contact: Supervisor of Recreation Programs Adults & Seniors, City of Burlington at 905-335-7888 ext. 6339.
|Need Resources? Start here!|
This list is for all Love My Hood events and activities. Contact the Festivals and Events Office three to four weeks ahead of your event or activity to make sure the items you need for your event are available on your event date. Rental fees are waived to help you host a Love My Hood event. A refundable deposit is required. You must return anything you borrow to the City of Burlington within three days of your event.
Park space, facility space or road closure barricades
Garbage, recycling and composting
Love My Hood Toolkit
Burlington Fire Department Visit
Halton Regional Police Visit
Burlington Teen Tour Band Visit
Gas Fired Barbeques
If there is any other information, resources or contacts that you are looking for, please call or email us. We're happy to help your neighbourhood have a safe and enjoyable Love My Hood event or activity. Contact us at LoveMyHood@burlington.ca or 905-335-7600, ext. 7391.
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