Community Impact Measurement: Northwest Rutland

Shannon Kennelly, Community Revitalization Coordinator
802-438-2303 x 224 or [email protected]

Rutland, VT – From Friday, April 15th to Saturday, April 23rd, NeighborWorks of Western Vermont will be conducting a residential survey of Northwest Rutland, Vermont.

Students from CCV, College of Saint Joseph, and Green Mountain College, as well as Project VISION members, Green Mountain Power representatives, and NeighborWorks board and staff members will be volunteering their time going door-to-door in the neighborhood, asking residents to participate in a survey about their community.

This is the second time NeighborWorks will be administering this survey in the roughly 15 block area north of State Street and west of Grove Street. In 2013, the initial survey was completed by 20 volunteers who collected surveys from 230 households. Coinciding with the beginning of Project VISION, the survey provided insight to the lives of community members in the neighborhood so that further actions to impact change would be well informed.

The questions try to delve into all aspects of neighborhood life and find out what the residents like about the neighborhood and what they’d like to see improved. They cover community involvement, neighborliness, general feelings of safety and security, availability and quality of public services, neighborhood evolution, and the desire or ability to buy a house in the neighborhood.

This April, the survey will be repeated in the same target area to see how attitudes have changed over the intervening three years in which public funding and engagement has worked to raze and rehab blighted and vacant properties, pave streets and sidewalks, improve street lighting, host two block parties, design and build the city’s newest park in almost 30 years, as well as many other community revitalization efforts.

Volunteers will be in the neighborhood door-knocking on Friday, April 15th and 22nd from 9:00-12:00 PM, and Saturday, April 16th and 23rd from 10:00-6:30 PM.

A community meeting will be held June 18th at 6:00 PM in Baxter Street Park to discuss the results.