Neighborhood Engagement

Neighborhood Engagement Listening Campaign

As we seek to involve more people in efforts to improve community pride, we have been intentional about hearing from neighborhood residents about the challenges they face and their ideas for how to address those challenges. One of our first steps in neighborhood engagement was to conduct a Listening Campaign in seven Spartanburg neighborhoods: Beaumont, Forest Park, Hampton Heights, Highlands, Park Hills, Northside, South Converse. The purpose of our Listening Campaign was to give voices to those often unheard and to set the stage for transformative change on the issues residents define as most important. The national Way to Wellville team connected us to ReThink Health which allowed us to develop a Listening Campaign with the following goals: 

  • To conduct “deep listening,” a method of listening without judgement;
  • To gain a better understanding of residents' concerns and priorities;
  • To identify common ground between individuals and groups with differing or opposing views;
  • To encourage residents to generate solutions; and,
  • To cultivate new leaders as well as re-energize membership in the neighborhood organizations.

At the completion of the Listening Campaign, the Mary Black Foundation offered each neighborhood each neighborhood a $5,000 mini-grant to implement some of the ideas generated by residents. We look forward to using the learnings from the Listening Campaign in our community work moving forward.

Click here for a summary of the Listening Campaign that officially concluded in June 2019. For a deeper dive, click on the links below:


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