Neighborhood Network Neighborhood Network

The mission of Neighborhood Network

is to be "a learning and sharing network empowering people to strengthen Rockford area neighborhoods."


Northwest Neighborhood Meeting

September 7th, 5:30 p.m. Check back for exact location.
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Please complete the this form so that we can work together to address concerns.

Plant-a-Row 2011

Sharing your harvest with the hungry.
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Planting the seeds of success.

Training and event schedule.
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Neighborhood Network at a glance


Several years ago, community and neighborhood leaders came together to look at how to achieve positive action in our community.  They determined that neighborhood organizations had the ability to achieve positive change, but that help was needed to increase potential for success.

Neighborhood Network was created to provide assistance.  The organization serves to support, promote and implement activities and strategies to allow participation in neighborhood associations, and to promote improvements to the local neighborhoods, residents and the city as a whole. 

Neighborhood Network is not part of the City of Rockford government structure.  It is a private organization with a Board of Directors and an Executive Director.  However, it is currently funded primarily by the City of Rockford Human Services Department, Community Services Block Grant, ARRA, and the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity.

Neighborhood Network Goals

  • The Rockford area, and especially its neighborhoods, will increasingly become better places
  • Neighborhood organizations will increase in number, effectiveness and sustainability
  • Neighborhood network will be a more successful organization serving a vital purpose in the area


Activities - Since its creation, Neighborhood Network has:

  • Identified and mapped over 115 neighborhood organizations
  • Helped start new neighborhood groups
  • Provided education and technical assistance
  • Worked with neighborhood watch groups
  • Funded and/or participated in community and neighborhood events such as
    • Community Gardens
    • Beautification Projects
    • Capacity Building
    • Neighborhood clean ups and the annual Great American Cleanup
    • Neighborhood meetings and neighborhood events such as block parties, ice cream socials, picnics, holiday events and food giveaways
    • National Night Out
    • Community Festivals
Neighborhood Network looks forward to working with the neighborhoods, and the individuals within them, to make positive changes in our communities.
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Neighborhood Network strives to provide accurate and up-to-date information. We thank those groups that have registered and send us changes. We ask other groups to do the same. Please start by completing the survey to become a Registered Neighborhood Organization and be eligible for grants and training.

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150 Things you can do to build social capital

Social capital is built through hundreds of little and big actions we take every day. We've gotten you started with a list of nearly 150 ideas, drawn from suggestions made by many people and groups. Try some of these or try your own.

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Important Numbers

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Violation Flyer

Every business or residential property owner or tenant in the City of Rockford has a responsibility to keep their homes or businesses clean and attractive. Poor property maintenance affects us all - our health, safety, and property values. Please look below to learn some of the potential violations.

The ability to provide safe locations for area citizens to go during cold weather is important to ensuring that residents stay both safe and warm during extreme temperatures. These warming sites serve as an important resource for those without housing as well as those who may not have the resources to heat their homes adequately.

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