FAQ

What is a Neighbor Brigade chapter?
Who are the recipients of care?
Who runs the local Chapter?
What do I need to get a Chapter started?
How do I know if I am a good fit as a Chapter Leader?
How much time will I need to spend while getting my Neighbor Brigade Chapter started?
What do I need to do before starting my own Neighbor Brigade chapter?
Once I am up and running, how much time will I need to spend to manage my group of volunteers?
What are the responsibilities of a Chapter Leader?
How do I get started?
What if I would like to be a recipient and a Neighbor Brigade chapter does not exist?

What is a Neighbor Brigade chapter?

Our chapters are the community groups that provide a circle of support to families in crisis within a designated territory (often defined by zip code).  Our chapters consist entirely of neighborhood volunteers who provide assistance by delivering groceries and meals, and assisting with other day-to-day tasks such as helping children with homework, car pooling, and light yard or housework.  To learn if there is an existing chapter near you, click here

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Who are the recipients of care?

A recipient of care is typically an individual or family who is in a temporary crisis, such as a family member dealing with a serious illness (or at the debilitating/late stage of chronic disease or terminal illness) or recuperating from major surgery, or a family hit by a sudden tragedy or accident; and is challenged with day-to-day non-medical tasks. Recipients are not qualified based on financial need.

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Who runs the local Chapter?

Each Neighbor Brigade chapter is led by a volunteer Chapter Leader.  Read on to learn more about the role of our Leaders.

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What do I need to get a Chapter started?

Organization, dedication, and commitment to your community will lead you on the right path to success with your chapter. No previous substantive skills are necessary. You will also need regular access to the tools and resources at our website to build and sustain your chapter. As a Chapter Leader, you, together with the help of Neighbor Brigade, will identify the neighborhood you want your chapter to serve.

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How do I know if I am a good fit as a Chapter Leader?

To assess whether you are ready to get started, consider the following:

  • Passion. Are you passionate about serving the needs of others in your community? If so, you are off to a good start.
  • Commitment. Are you committed to making this work in your community? Getting started will require just a few hours of your time. The more you invest in its success, the greater the impact it will have in your community.

If you meet these criteria, you are in the position to bring a Neighbor Brigade chapter to your city or town, and make a real difference in the lives of those around you.

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How much time will I need to spend while getting my Neighbor Brigade Chapter started?

It takes 4-6 hours to get your chapter up and running. This initial effort can be spread out over time as your schedule allows. There are just a few basic steps to getting started, and it’s all here at our website. If you are ready, click the Take Action button and get started today!

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What do I need to do before starting my own Neighbor Brigade chapter?

First, determine if a volunteer network already exists by going to the “Find a Chapter” tab. If not, then assess the current services provided in your town by checking your local town phone directory or calling your town hall. Are there other groups that provide meals and rides? Learn everything there is to know about other organizations within your local government that provide support to families in temporary crisis, such as Youth and Social Services and Council on Aging. Once you have assessed existing services, you can determine if your neighborhood community would benefit from a Neighbor Brigade chapter.

The tools and resources needed to build and sustain a Neighbor Brigade chapter are all available free of charge at our website. The work has already been done. All you need to do is roll it out in your own community and rally your friends to join in. It’s that simple! Of course, we are always on hand to answer questions and provide advice as you are getting started.

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Once I am up and running, how much time will I need to spend to manage my group of volunteers?

On average, Chapter Leaders spend 4-6 hours per month managing their chapters. This effort can make a HUGE impact in a community.

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What are the responsibilities of a Chapter Leader?

The Chapter Leader is in place to manage:

  • Volunteer recruitment
  • Requests for help and enacting the network to deliver that help
  • Follow-up with recipients of care
  • Local support (PR, in-kind donations, etc.)

All of the tools you need to operate your volunteer network successfully are free and available here at our website. You can pick and choose the online or downloadable resources that would be helpful for you.

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How do I get started?

Click on the “Take Action” tab and follow the steps.

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What if I would like to be a recipient and a Neighbor Brigade chapter does not exist?

We encourage you to contact local social services organizations to determine what helpful services are available in your area. In addition, we invite you to spread the word about Neighbor Brigade so that if your community is in need of this type of network, you might spark interest in one being created.

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