Hartford residents discuss community projects

Residents from the Hartford area joined the Hartford Community Betterment committee last night to discuss ideas for new community projects and events in Hartford. Notes from the discussion are below. The Betterment Committee will work with community volunteers to decide which projects to pursue.

Do you want to get involved in Hartford Hometown Pride and the Hartford Community Betterment Committee? Contact us.

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Norwalk holds first Hometown Pride meeting

A group of 15 volunteers attended the first meeting of Norwalk Hometown Pride on January 8, to discuss the goals of the program and brainstorm ideas for community projects. The group discussed what they like about their community and what they would like to change. See the notes below for an overview of the group’s ideas.

Norwalk kick-off meeting notes

About a dozen of the meeting attendees signed on to be part of the Norwalk Hometown Pride committee, which will meet monthly to decide which projects to pursue, and how to get them done!

If you would like to be part of the Norwalk Hometown Pride committee, or would like to volunteer for Hometown Pride projects on an as-needed basis, contact us. And/or review our Volunteer Interest Survey to see the volunteer opportunities available.

Meeting notes (text version of above photo):

What we like about Norwalk:

  • Welcoming people
  • Business loyalty (residents are loyal to Norwalk businesses)
  • New welcome signs
  • Golf courses
  • Great school
  • Clean
  • Close to Des Moines/Downtown/Airport
  • Lots of amazing local businesses
  • Safe community
  • Good balance of old and new
  • Great EMS
  • Great Senior Care facilities
  • Nice, cared for homes

What could we improve or change in Norwalk?

  • Improve Hwy 28 median (aesthetics)
  • More activities for adults: like a pickle ball court
  • Improvements to Main Street/North Avenue
  • Add better connection to bike trail
  • Senior center activities
  • Public art
  • Publicize farmers market more
  • Add trees, especially by cemetery
  • Little free libraries
  • Add light poles or other improvements on Sunset Blvd
  • New Welcome sign
  • Slow traffic on Sunset off Hwy 5
  • Expand aquatic center and/or add a YMCA
  • Work with city on creation of new downtown/town-center

 

Help Shape the Future of Norwalk!

Do you care about Norwalk and want to help make sure it keeps getting even better? Our community is changing quickly, and the new Norwalk Hometown Pride program wants to bring our residents together to figure out what we can do to improve our town and boost community pride!

We’re forming a team of people who live in Norwalk and the surrounding area who will help decide what’s next for Norwalk, and then help make it happen.

Our first meeting will be on January 8 at 5:30 pm at the Norwalk Library (1051 North Ave). All individuals who want to learn more about the program, and/or want to volunteer, are welcome to attend.

What will our group do exactly? Hometown Pride teams in other towns have undertaken projects as diverse as installing a new playground, rehabilitating old homes and buildings, beautifying the streets with public art, and landscaping streets and public places. Once formed, the Norwalk Hometown Pride team will determine our specific goals – there is no limit to what we can accomplish when we come together!

There are two ways to be part of Norwalk Hometown Pride:

  1. Join the committee. We will meet once a month to set our goals and mobilize volunteers to implement them.
  2. Sign up for our volunteer roster to help as-needed. Volunteer needs may include painting, fundraising, landscaping, event planning, publicity and more.

Please contact us to volunteer or to learn more.

Norwalk Hometown Pride is a part of a county-wide initiative, Warren County Hometown Pride, that includes 7 communities. It is supported by the City of Norwalk. Hometown Pride is a also a state-wide program: read “What is Hometown Pride” to learn about the Hometown Pride program across Iowa.

Volunteers wanted for Carlisle Hometown Pride!

Carlisle is a great place to call home, and the new Carlisle Hometown Pride program wants to make it even better!

Join the Carlisle Hometown Pride team and you can help decide what we can do to improve Carlisle, and then help make it happen.

Past Hometown Pride teams in other towns have undertaken projects as diverse as installing a new playground, rehabilitating old homes and buildings, beautifying the streets with public art and landscaping, and attracting new businesses to town. Now it’s your turn to decide what Hometown Pride does in Carlisle – there is no limit to what we can accomplish when we come together!

We will hold a meeting for all interested volunteers and potential committee members on January 18 at 5:30 pm at Carlisle City Hall. All are welcome to come learn more about Hometown Pride.

Review the Carlisle Hometown Pride flyer for more information on the program and how to volunteer. You can also contact us and read our “What is Hometown Pride” overview to learn more.

Join Indianola Hometown Pride!

Fill out our volunteer interest form! (due February 9)

Do you want to make a difference in the future of Indianola? The Warren County Hometown Pride program is looking for volunteers to be part of the Indianola Hometown Pride team. As a team member, you’ll help identify what we can do to make Indianola a better place to call home, and then help make it happen!

Indianola Hometown Pride will hold a meeting for all interested individuals on Thursday, February 8 at 5:30 pm in the Council Chambers at City Hall (110 N First Street, Indianola). Click here to view the agenda.

What will Hometown Pride do? It’s up to you! Past Hometown Pride teams in other towns have undertaken projects as diverse as installing a new playground, rehabilitating old homes and buildings, beautifying the streets with public art and landscaping, and attracting new businesses to town. The Indianola Hometown Pride committee (made up of residents like you) will decide what projects we undertake, and will partner with existing organizations to make sure we are adding to on-going community efforts, not duplicating them. There is no limit to what we can accomplish when we come together!

Please review the Indianola Hometown Pride volunteer form for information on available volunteer roles and how to join the committee or volunteer team! Individuals interested in joining the committee must fill out and submit the volunteer form no later than February 9, 2018. For more information, contact us or read our “What is Hometown Pride” overview.

 

Milo Kick-Off Meeting

More than a dozen people met in Milo on November 13 to discuss Hometown Pride, and share their ideas for the future of their town! Residents talked about Milo’s strengths, and its opportunities for change. The results of the discussion are summarized below.

All residents of Milo and the surrounding area are invited to join the Hometown Pride volunteer team. Contact us to learn how.

Milo’s Strengths

  • Strong Lion’s Club
  • Churches
  • 4th of July and County Christmas events
  • Library
  • Parks
  • Little League/Lil Warhawks
  • Walking and biking path
  • Community Center
  • Fire department / EMS
  • Bandstand
  • North and West entrances to town
  • Diverse businesses: Restaurant, Locker, Vet, etc.
  • FFA
  • Mud Run event
  • Positive attitude
  • City employees
  • PEOPLE!

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Milo’s Opportunities

  • Library expansion
  • Casey’s expansion
  • Need to promote ourselves more: “Cheer squad”
  • Use space above the community center
  • New businesses needed
  • Memorial rock improvements
  • Community branding (signature flower?)
  • Add overnight accommodations
  • Rural cemetery signage, map and beautification
  • City website
  • More youth involvement
  • Monthly community kids day
  • Electronic community entrance sign
  • Create welcome program for new residents

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What is Hometown Pride?

Hometown Pride is a program that brings community members together to enhance their hometowns.

Participating cities and towns form a Hometown Pride team of local residents that works together to build a base of volunteers, accomplish projects that make a difference in their hometown, and boost community pride.

Each Hometown Pride team decides what projects they want to do in their community. In the past, teams have done things like: build new playgrounds and trails, rehabilitate old homes and buildings, and beautify streets with art and landscaping.

7 communities in Warren County are participating in Hometown Pride so far: Carlisle, Cumming, Hartford, Indianola, Milo, New Virginia, and Norwalk. If you live in one of these towns, or in rural Warren County, contact us to learn how to join your local team.

Visit our About page to learn more.

Join the Hometown Pride Volunteer Team!

Do you want to make a difference in the future of your community? The Warren County Hometown Pride program is now recruiting volunteers for Hometown Pride teams in Carlisle, Cumming, Hartford, Indianola, Milo, New Virginia, and Norwalk. As part of a volunteer team, you’ll help identify what we can do to make your town a better place to call home, and then help make it happen!

Past Hometown Pride teams in other towns have undertaken projects as diverse as installing a new playground, rehabilitating old homes and buildings, beautifying the streets with public art and landscaping, and attracting new businesses to town. But what Hometown Pride does in your town is up to the community to decide.

Each community has a committee that meets monthly to plan Hometown Pride activities, and a roster of additional volunteers who want to help out as needed for activities such as landscaping, fundraising, publicity, painting, event planning and more.

If you live in Carlisle, Cumming, Hartford, Indianola, Milo, New Virginia, or Norwalk (or in the surrounding rural areas!) and are interested in being considered for a committee or volunteering for another role, please contact the Community Coach, Lorin Ditzler, to learn more or submit our volunteer interest form here.

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