Griffith Neighborhood Spotlight Initiative
The Griffith Neighborhood Spotlight (GNS) initiative was organized in early December of 2015 after receiving a community building grant from the Legacy Foundation based in Lake County, Northwest Indiana. The GNS initiative is supported by our ‘backbone’ organization, the Crossroads YMCA and a Steering Committee of (6) Griffith resident volunteers.
A Community Builder was hired in early January 2016, to organize, facilitate, and support the work of the Steering Committee, with additional community-based volunteer members interviewed and added to support the front-end ‘Engagement’ and information-gathering phase of the Collective Impact Program Development process. The goal of this process and its team of dedicated members, is to develop a “Quality of Life Plan” for our town and community residents. Early in our organization and development, the committee as a whole, recognized the town’s one basic unique unifying quality: one Town... one Community... and One Neighborhood - Griffith, Indiana 46319.
Over the last five months, within its Organize, Decide, and Act activities, our GNS Committee has completed 187 one-on-one interviews with residents and leaders from our town government, schools, community businesses, civic, volunteer, and faith-based organizations. These ‘conversations’ were hosted and completed in a variety of Griffith settings including restaurants, coffee shops, our parks, over the phone, and in our YMCA office.
These very special contacts resulted in 2,064 individual representative comments regarding the current perspective of Griffith's Quality of Life within our Neighborhood of nearly 17,000 residents. These comments are as presented and listed in the GNS Report as its perceived Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats (SWOT’s).