At Neighborhood Resources Connection, it’s always about the South Bend neighborhoods. The NRC mission to support South Bend neighbors and their neighborhood associations begins at the beginning, as like-minded residents come together to start or strengthen a neighborhood through organization. If you’ve never registered your association or you’re forming a new one, please check the links below for NRC’s voluntary forms. Registration ensures that your neighborhood leaders are invited to NRC’s citywide Quarterly Roundtable meetings, that your neighborhood association is eligible to participate in the Block Party Grant program and other member benefits.

The NRC Neighborhood Association Toolkit begins at the beginning, too. But it also offers plenty of other information on how to launch successful projects, manage group dynamics, work with elected officials, collaborate with other neighborhoods — all available to neighbors making South Bend a great place to live.

To begin at the beginning, choose from the topics below or click the link here for an overview on neighborhood associations and some ideas on how to get off to a successful start. From there, you’ll find links to maps, articles, checklists, local Neighborhood Watch and other-agency information, and a range of other topics helpful to existing and growing associations.

Current Toolkit Topics include:

Why create a neighborhood association

First steps for your neighborhood organization

What the core group can do

What the core group can’t do

Identify both problems and solutions

Creating a neighborhood plan

Action plans and committee work

Having a meeting 


NRC Neighborhood Association Registration Form

New or Emerging Neighborhood Association Registration Form

The NRC believes in neighbors, building better neighborhoods. Welcome, and thanks for being a good neighbor!