Throw a Block Party!

Despite our best intentions, it can be tough to find the time to give to the causes and charities we care about. Even giving back to the neighborhood we live in can seem impossible when layered on top of busy work and personal schedules. Luckily, the Watertown Community Foundation makes it part of its mission to help with this very issue, through its neighborhood block party program! Here’s everything you need to know to take advantage of this awesome idea:

WHO: The great people at WCF will start you off with $200 reimbursement towards what they call reasonable party expenses (paper goods, a tent in case of rain, that kind of thing) and will happily provide any guidance or direction you might need as to party logistics. In exchange, they ask that you offer a charitable donation opportunity for your guests (more on that later). You can invite anyone and everyone you like – most people include neighbors, nearby family and friends.

WHAT: The WCF-sponsored block party themes are as varied as you can imagine. Depending on the crowd, hosts have had human scavenger hunts, open mikes, magicians, grilling contests, spelling bees, basketball tournaments – you name it. Some are organized around a holiday like Halloween, with pumpkin carving and costume contests.

WHERE: Not sure we have to spell this one out, but … your block is a good place to start.

WHEN: Since these are outdoor events, they typically place in the late spring through early fall, but obviously you can plan one whenever you like (snowman contest, anyone?).  

WHY: The WCF asks that all of its sponsored block parties offer a donation opportunity for guests attending (they’ll need to approve whatever cause you designate). That might take the form of a donation table for a local food pantry, or a sign-up sheet for a future community service project. But beyond the fact that they support great causes, these parties are also an awesome opportunity to just hang with neighbors, friends and people you don’t get to see often enough.

Sounds good, right? Head to the WCF website to learn how to sign up! You can also contact Block Party coordinator Roma Jerome at blockparties@watertownfoundation.org or call 617.926.1500