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How to Get Involved in Arlington
As quick glance at messages on the listserve and Nextdoor or an evening stroll will tell you, Cherrydale neighbors are an opinionated bunch. Many of our ideas, suggestions and complaints relate to the services of Arlington County and Arlington Public Schools (APS).
Luckily, we all live in an accessible jurisdiction, where the staff and leadership of both the county and APS value and act on input from the public. However, sometimes figuring out how to get involved can be daunting. Here are various ways you can find out what's going on and make your voice heard.
1. Find and comment on the projects that the County and APS are currently working on;
2. Join or give feedback to county and school commissions and committees (and answer the question “what is JFAC”);
3. Have your voice heard during the budget process;
4. Let the County and APS know about issues they are not currently working on but should;
5. Report a problem/Request a Service
Updating the CCA for the 21st Century
Since its founding more than 100 years ago, the Cherrydale Citizens Association has been an unincorporated association. Moving forward, it may be better to incorporate the CCA as a non-profit 501(c)(4) association organized to promote the social welfare. The move would provide greater protection for officers and members alike, and would allow us to explore obtaining liability insurance. It would also improve our ability to accept donations via credit card payment. We’ve found a law firm that will donate their services to help us with the process and to file all the necessary paperwork. If this works out, we hope to move forward with this in the next few months.
Nominate a New NC Project!
We need your ideas for our next Cherrydale NC project. NC projects can include sidewalks and street lights, street lights only, park improvements, beautification, and other capital improvement projects to benefit the neighborhood. Download the forms and send completed forms to our NC Representative. Our next project in sidewalk improvements on North Quebec St. between 17th St. and 18th Rd. But we are already thinking about our future projects. Submit your ideas today!
Contribute to the Sweet and Sour News
The Sweet and Sour News is a great way for the Cherrydale Citizens Association to reach every Cherrydaler, young and old. It is a unique resource for providing news and information about Cherrydale and Cherrydalers.
Over the years, we’ve had a number of Cherrydalers contribute articles or even start a column. We’re looking for folks to start doing that again.
And delivering the Sweet and Sour News is a fun and easy way to join our tremendous network of Cherrydale volunteers. The newsletter comes out five or six times a year, and volunteers adopt a street and have two weekends to hand deliver the newsletter. It only takes about 20 or 30 minutes and is a great way to stay in touch with your neighbors.
Email CCA President Jim Todd at firstname.lastname@example.org and/or Newsletter Editor Mary Byrnes at email@example.com if you are interested in contributing an article or volunteering. Thanks!
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