Rutland’s United Neighborhoods is a coalition of neighbors and agencies committed to providing and promoting active cooperation, mutual respect, and a shared responsibility for a safe and healthy community.
RUN is a city-wide initiative to proudly claim ownership and responsibility for our neighborhoods and the city at large.
RUN is grassroots network of citizens committed to reducing crime, reducing drug use and building community.
RUN is a non-profit organization governed by a Board of Directors comprised of a network of neighborhood coalitions and a support team of city government agencies
Together we develop the capacity to respond creatively to any and all concerns, problems and crises that occur. Our ability to respond is strengthened as we:
- Create communication networks in neighborhoods;
- Enhance the cooperation and communication between existing resources;
- Provide neighborhood training in the areas of dialogue, problem solving and confilict resolution;
- Increrase public knowledge of existing resources; and
- Engage youth in the planning process and provide community activites to build relationships and promote neighborliness.
RUN partners with the Community Policing Initiative. Each neighborhood has a police supervisor and a group of officers. Police are present at neighborhood meetings and committed to assisting with neighborhood education and community building activities.
What we can do…
- Educate ourselves and others
- Get to know our neighbors/neighborhood
- Find out what is available for youth and what is needed
- Cooperate with police and other city officials.
Communication and networking, crime prevention and public safety have been identified by the neighborhoods as areas to focus on. To oallow us to address all three areas, we hold neighborhood meetings to focus on:
- Community Education
- Community Service
- Community Building
We live as equals, practicing and expecting respect.
We work together to solve problems, promote justice, protect the elderly, support recovery, and advocate for youth.
We play together to grow community spirit and generate a sense of belonging for everyone.
We ask everyone to contribute to the lasting success of our unique community.
RUN works to:
- Coordinate and support neighborhood conflict resolution services.
- Sponsor community building activities.
- Coordinate and support services for victims of crime.
- Coordinate and support juvenile pre-charge services that respond to victims needs.
- Coordinate and facilitate Rutland City Reparative Board Services.
- There are ongoing monthly neighborhood meetings and
- Two annual city wide meetings.
The key to success is communication and coordination. That’s why neighborhood and city-wide meetings will be focused on solution-oriented discussion. Neighborhood meetings are key to grassroots participation, and work best when they are:
- Purposeful enough to educate
- Inspiring enough to motivate, and
- Long enough to deliberate.
RUN can help coordinate activities, better align resources, uncover new resources, leverage mutually supportive actions, and track and celebrate results.
RUN allows a community to bring together the right people, set the right climate, establish shared visions and priorities, increase resources through collaboration and cooperation, and aim toward solving problems and implementing solutions.
RUN requies a commitment to focus on: Solutions, not history. Action, not blame.
It takes teamwork, and everyone can participate! There are many levels at which neighbors and citizens can get involved. The Rutland City Police have asked that we all get involved in building a safe community.
- Report suspicious activity
- Watch out for our neighbors
- Get involved with youth
- Join your neighborhood RUN group
We believe that working together, we can make a difference.