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Good neighbors build great neighborhoods, and great neighborhoods make for a more connected and resilient community.

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Hi neighbor,

Jillian Miller

I grew up in a close-knit neighborhood. We went on vacations with many of our neighbors, had what seemed to be never-ending sleepovers, and my parents to this day call those from our cul-de-sac their best friends–even though retirement has spread them across the country.

Everyone helped one another, with after school pickups, building a deck, and pet sitting. And we celebrated together. The Haas’ always held a Fourth of July party on their driveway, parents collaborated on an Easter egg hunt in our park, and my dad strung holiday lights on the huge spruce tree at the entrance of the neighborhood and households contributed a handmade ornament to the decor.

As I got older I realized that this wasn’t the experience of most, but to my core I believe a collaborative, safe and creative neighborhood like the one I had the privilege of growing up in should be an environment everyone can call home.

We do a pretty good job of this as North Libertarians already. Many of you probably settled here because you heard North Liberty is a great place to raise a family. And it is. North Liberty has also long been labeled a bedroom community, with most residents working elsewhere in the ICR area. That’s true, too. But I’m challenging us to take it a step further. Let’s be known for our great neighborhoods.

I want my children to have fond memories of the neighborhood they grew up in, and I bet you want that for your family, too. Being a neighborhood ambassador allows you to play an active role in shaping our community. I’m on your team, and my colleagues and I are excited to help you make your corner of North Liberty as informed, engaged and inclusive as possible.

Jillian Miller
Community Engagement Coordinator

 

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1. Aspen Ridge/Liberty Farms
Adela Hunter
2. Fox Run
Jamie Bagan
Brandon Kuehl
3. Deerfield
Allison Hancock
Beke Dube
4. 8 Point Trail
Lívia Woodcock
5. Progress St/Jones Blvd
Amanda Herbst
6. Goose Lake
Thomas Lower
7. Chesterfield Commons
Payton Cannon
8. Kansas Ave
Vacant - Apply Here
9. West Lake
Matt Jorgenson
Abdouramane Bila
10. The Preserve
Vacant - Apply Here
11. Harvest Estates
Mike Mbanza
Cassie Smith O'Brien
12. Quail Creek
Eva Anderson
Epy Murillo Tovar
13. Quail Ridge
Summer Jagnow
14. Quail Ridge Park
Andrew Cole
Becky Keogh
15. Liberty Centre
Paul Burnett
Eric Page
Angela Chapparo-Arias
Nic Gulick
16. Cedar Springs
Jennifer Renk
Cathy Coleman
Hunter Schmitt
17. W Penn St
Megan Walker
18. Penn Meadows
Matt Hylland
Nick Reiten
19. W Zeller St/Liberty Heights
Terrance Murphy
20. Old Town
Allan Schau
21. Garner
Jessica Smith
22. Beaver Kreek
Elizabeth Hoover de Galvez
23. Holiday
Vacant - Apply Here
24. Golfview
Vacant - Apply Here
25. Cottonwood/Lynwood
Vacant - Apply Here
26. Broadmoor Estates
Anna Wu
Heather Weber
27. Creekside Adjacent/Woodland Meadows
Travis Hiatt
28. Creekside
Jenn Pedersen-Kahler
29. Windsor Farms
Jennifer Smith
30. Fox Valley
Jen Panther
Kelly Petrulevich
31. Arlington Ridge
Dana Van Abbema
Jaime Bonner
32.Penn Heights
Errin Frank
33. Scanlon Farms
Vacant - Apply Here
Keystone Place at Forevergreen
Yvonne Page
North Liberty Living Centre
Debra Paul

Click on a neighborhood above to view that area’s Neighborhood Ambassador(s) and neighborhood information.

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Community pride starts at the neighborhood level. Collaborating on a project or creating a neighborhood tradition strengthens your bond with the people who share a street with you. And knowing more people in your community makes it easier to ask for or offer help, understand someone else's perspective, raise a concern in a productive way, or lean on one another when a pandemic throws a curveball. Obviously, it's important to keep in mind that we are still in a pandemic and some of these activities can't safely take place right now (or need to be altered to allow for social distancing). Reach out to your neighborhood's ambassador if anything on this list jumps out to you. Have a suggestion that we should include on this list? Send it our way.

Invite the City Over

Bring city programming into your neighborhood or nearby park. Ask your ambassador to coordinate with the staff listed below. Request an individual department, or bring them all to your block at once.

  • Library – Bring the love of reading to your neighborhood. Contact Kellee Forkenbrock with the library to coordinate pop-up story times, a traveling library, neighborhood library card signup, and Play Streets.
  • Fire – Contact Mike Johnston for a fire prevention presentation and a visit from a fire truck.
  • Police – You’ve probably heard of Coffee with a Cop events at local coffee shops. The NLPD would love to pop open a lawn chair in your neck of the woods, too. Arrange a time to share conversation with officers — they’ll even bring the coffee.
  • Recreation – Contact Shelly Simpson to organize some pick-up games on your street or nearby park, courtesy of the recreation department.

Start a Tradition

It can be as simple as encouraging neighbors to hang out on their driveways or in the park every Tuesday night, or a big event like Porchfest (started by Arlington Ridge residents in 2016) that invites the larger community into your neighborhood.

Organize a Clean Up Day

Help keep our town looking its best. Clean up a nearby park, trial or pond. Not sure where to clean? The parks department can steer you to a public space in need of a little TLC and supply trash bags, gloves, tools and vests. Have your ambassador reach out to Guy Goldsmith to set something up.

Paint a Storm Drain

Add a splash of color to your neighborhood by painting a storm drain. Propose a drain location and design and the city will guide you through the process–and provide reimbursement for supplies.

 

Start a Book Club

The North Liberty Library has over 40 book club kits available for checkout. Most kits have about a dozen copies already (and the library can get more copies or create a new kit, if needed).

Book a Neighborhood Pool Party

The Aquatics Center’s indoor or outdoor pool reserved just for your neighborhood crew? Yep! This opportunity will become available in 2021 if the COVID-19 pandemic allows.

Start a Little Free Library

Foster the love of reading by installing a little free library (or several) in your neighborhood. Visit the City of Literature‘s map of current little free library locations in town, how to build or order one and where it can be installed, and how to register your neighborhood’s little free library. Just remember, if you start one you need to maintain it, the North Liberty Library does not maintain little free library stations.

Register for a PlaceMates Event

Sharing a meal has been a way to connect with others since the beginning of time. North Liberty’s PlaceMates matches residents of 52317 twice a year for potluck dinners held concurrently in homes throughout town. RSVP to the next event.

Plan a Block Party

You can’t beat a good ol’ fashion block party. Depending on what you have in mind, we’ve got guidelines for if you’ll need a special event permit or not.

Celebrate Good Neighbor Day

National Good Neighbor Day is annually on September 28. On this day, residents are encouraged to celebrate by sharing a meal, helping a neighbor with a project, introducing themselves to a neighbor they do not know, or another act that strengthens their neighborhood’s bond.

Good neighbors build great neighborhoods, and great neighborhoods make for a more connected and resilient community. Small acts of kindness can make a big impact on the quality of life on your block.

Choose to connect with a neighbor today – whether they recently moved in or have lived next door for a decade – and our community will be stronger for it. Here are some best practices.

Download a printable copy of Good Neighbor Practices.

a gathering at a Placemates potluck

 

Notice when something seems off. Check on your neighbors and, if needed, reach out to help.

Engage in the community. Volunteer with local organizations, be aware of current city happenings and get to know your neighborhood ambassador (or become an ambassador).

Introduce yourself. Taking the time to say hello makes it much easier to offer or ask for help later. “Hi, I’m Quincy. I just live around the block on Deer Drive. Here’s my number. Feel free to reach out if you need anything.”

Gather for a picnic or drop off a meal.

Help a neighbor with maintenance tasks and errands like mowing, shoveling, or getting groceries – especially in times of crisis.

Be approachable and available. Smile, wave and offer to keep an eye on their house when they are out of town.

Organize a neighborhood activity. Cleaning the neighborhood pond, starting a Little Free Library, or planning a bike ride are opportunities to foster neighborhood pride and connectedness. We’ve compiled a list of ideas to get your wheels turning.

Resolve disputes in person and handle conflict with tact. Addressing a concern directly and calmly can create a shared understanding and solution instead of resentment. If that does not work, the city may be able to help.

Show respect. Your neighbors may look or act differently than you. Approach your differences as an opportunity to learn from one another instead of as a threat.

Neighborhood Ambassadors

Mike Mbanza, Esq.Mike Mbanza
Harvest Estates

Adela HunterAdela Hunter
Aspen Ridge/Liberty Farms

Jessica SmithJessica Smith
Garner

Jessica SmithAbdouramane Bila
West Lake

Kelly PetrulevichKelly Petrulevich
Fox Valley

Thomas Lower

Thomas Lower
Goose Lake

Anna WuAnna Wu
Broadmoor Estates

Jen PantherJen Panther
Fox Valley

Angela Chaparro-AriasAngela Chaparro-Arias
Liberty Centre

Jenn Pedersen-KahlerJenn Pedersen-Kahler
Creekside

Andrew ColeAndrew Cole
Quail Ridge Park

Jennifer RenkJennifer Renk
Cedar Springs

Amanda Herbst Amanda Herbst
Progress St/Jones Blvd

Jennifer SmithJennifer Smith
Windsor Farms

Allison HancockAllison Hancock
Deerfield

Paul BurnettPaul Burnett
Liberty Centre

Megan WalkerMegan Walker
W Penn St

Nick ReitenNick Reiten
Penn Meadows

Nic GulickNic Gulick
Liberty Centre

Payton CannonPayton Cannon
Chesterfield Commons

Yvonne PageYvonne Page
Keystone Place at Forevergreen

Livia WoodcockLivia Woodcock
8 Point Trail

Travis Hiatt Travis Hiatt
Creekside Adjacent/Woodland Meadows

Matt Hylland
Matt Hylland
Penn Meadows

Terrance MurphyTerrance Murphy
W Zeller St/Liberty Heights

Epy Murillo TovarEpy Murillo Tovar
Quail Creek

Elizabeth Hoover de GalvezElizabeth Hoover de Galvez
Beaver Kreek

Eric PageEric Page
Liberty Centre

Summer JagnowSummer Jagnow
Quail Ridge

Errin FrankErrin Frank
Penn Heights

Jaime BonnerJaime Bonner
Arlington Ridge

Allan SchauAllan Schau
Chestnut

Beke DubeBeke Dube
Deerfield

Jamie BaganJamie Bagan
Fox Run

Becky KeoghBecky Keogh
Quail Ridge Park

Eva AndersonEva Anderson
Quail Creek

Dana Van AbbemaDana Van Abbema
Arlington Ridge

Heather WeberHeather Weber
Broadmoor Estates

Cathy ColemanCathy Coleman
Cedar Springs

Hunter SchmittHunter Schmitt
Cedar Springs

Matt JorgensonMatt Jorgenson
West Lake

Brandon Kuehl
Fox Run

Debra PaulDebra Paul
North Liberty Living Center

Cassie Smith O'Brien

Cassie Smith O’Brien
Harvest Estates

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