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Announcing the Launch of the Block Champion Program Building a Stronger & Safer Miraloma Park from the Block Up!
In 2016, after seeing communities near and far come under incredible stress from earthquakes, hurricanes, wild fires and heatwaves, our community voted to secure a grant from Sup. Norman Yee’s Office to create a program that empowers one or more neighbors on each block to be ready to care for their families and immediate neighbors during times of stress. Called the Block Champion program, participants receive a cache of supplies and customized training that advance their efforts to support the health and well-being of their neighbors should they need help.
This program was designed in response to the growing body of evidence that neighbors who are connected socially are more likely to survive stress events and remain healthy vibrant members of communities.
The Resilient Miraloma Park Block Champion Program has Officially Launched!
On January 29th and February 2nd the Block Champion program hosted orientations at the Miraloma Park Improvement Clubhouse. The turn out was incredible and folks from all across the neighborhood were in attendance.
Block Champion Program Leads Guido Van Rijn, Robert Gee, Daniel Homsey and Mark Gagan provided a detailed overview of why the program was created and how to participate.
The response was overwhelming and attendees committed to participate in the onboarding process.
Step 1: Attend a FREE Certified Red Cross Training
Option 1 – Wednesday, March 6th starting at 7 pm at the Miraloma Park Improvement Clubhouse – register here
Option 2 – Saturday, March 9th starting at 10:30 am at the Miraloma Park Improvement Clubhouse – register here
After each training session, there will be a brief 30 minute orientation on the Block Champion Program for those that could not attend the first two orientations.
Who Should Attend?
Block Champion Candidates and any immediate neighbors who will be part of their team.
Step 2: Attend a Block Champion training. This training will provide Block Champion candidates with a detailed overview of their responsibilities before, during and after a disaster.
At the conclusion of their training, candidates will receive their Block Champion Cache which is customized to support their team’s mission.
Step 3: Block Champions will be supported by a site visit by the Program Management Team to help them configure their Block Support Center.
Again, the Block Champion Program Team is thrilled by the response to the first two orientations and eager to move the on-boarding process forward.
There are still a few remaining slots available, if you are interested – sign up for one of the two FREE Certified Red Cross Trainings and then stick around for a brief 30 minute orientation to see if being a Block Champion is a good fit for you.
If you have any questions regarding the Block Champion Program, send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Help us build a stronger Miraloma Park from the Ground Up!
February 23, 2019