Networking Workshop :: Growing a Friends Group

Networking Workshop :: Growing a Friends Group
Saturday January 29, 2011

The Metropolitan Community Room, 38 Oak Street, Chinatown

9:15 am Coffee

9:30 am -12:00pm Workshop
12:30 pm Networking lunch

Organizing your group and keeping it energized can be challenging for both new and experienced advocates. Join other park/open space advocates in this workshop with Paul Sutton, Urban Wilds Initiative Program Manager, Boston Parks and Recreation; Conrad Crawford, Director of Partnerships, DCR; and leaders from established park friends groups in Boston. Presenters will share advice and experience about creating and building an effective friends group. There will be opportunities to ask questions, and following the workshop there will be a networking lunch at a restaurant in Chinatown for those interested.

The workshop will cover topics relevant to newer groups and more established groups:

-How to structure your friends group
-Whether or not to incorporate
-Recruiting key stakeholders in your community: individuals, youth, churches, businesses
-Putting volunteers to work
-Organizing activities and events
-Relationships with park agencies
-Advocating for your park

The Metropolitan is two blocks from the Orange Line’s New England Medical Center station, and a 10 minute walk from the Boylston Station on the Green Line. 
Hourly parking is available in the Metropolitan’s public garage.