Is 2014 the year you have resolved to become more involved in your neighborhood?

If so, the Sheffield Neighborhood Association (SNA) is the place to start.  Whether you are new to the Sheffield neighborhood or a long-time resident, property owner, or business owner, SNA offers a host of opportunities for involvement.

Every year, SNA seeks candidates to serve on the board.  Ours is a working board, which means that we need directors who can offer both experience and time.  Typically, candidates will have participated on an SNA committee or event for a year or two before stepping up to the board.

A popular event in the neighborhood and an easy starting point for involvement is the Sheffield Garden Walk & Festival.  Neighbors can serve as one of the more than 40 managers needed to produce this all-volunteer event, volunteer on the weekend of the festival, or simply just exhibit a garden.

Another committee that generates visible activity is Parks and Beautification, which works to improve Trebes and Clover Parks and the lush planter baskets and boxes that adorn the neighborhood.

Neighbors are needed to serve on the Trebes and Clover Park Advisory Councils, as well.  And with periodic upswings in crime, the Community Safety Committee often needs additional hands.

The Communications Committee hopes to attract more neighbors to work on our bi-monthly newsletter, the Sheffield Neighborhood News. Openings include photographer/photo archivist and contributing writers.

And don’t forget our other committees: Events (for example, the Spaghetti Dinner and concerts in Trebes Park), Schools, Historic Resources, Neighborhood Relations, Planning, and Membership.

Finally, you can opt to serve as a block liaison to help deliver notices of meetings and alerts to your neighbors.

Unable to spare any time right now? At least consider becoming an official SNA member to ensure you receive periodic e-mail notices about meetings, events, and crime alerts.  Look for the membership application included in this newsletter or on our website, www.sheffieldneighborhood.org.

Let us know of your interests, or just learn more about SNA, by sending an e-mail to sheffieldneighborhoodassociation@hotmail.com. We look forward to hearing from you!