Survey says: Antrim wants neighbor networks, cornhole tournament

  • Community Board Steering Committee members pose for photo after inserting the Antrim Assets & Interests surveys into 1500 copies of The Limrik, Antrim's newspaper. Courtesy image—

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Published: 9/14/2020 4:11:34 PM

Antrim residents have begun to respond to a town-wide survey documenting their skills and interests, a preliminary step towards forming what could be the first community board in the state.

“Just to give you an idea, out of the surveys completed we have four residents who are trained in counseling; four who can dance and five who’d like to learn; eight tutors; four woodworkers and four who want to learn the craft; one resident skilled in auto repair and three who’d like to learn; and four who’ve acted in the theater,” project facilitator Kristen Vance McCormick said, “And this is just the beginning.” 

The survey informs a database of the town’s assets and interests, which a community board could draw on to more effectively unite the community and meet local needs, improving life in town, McCormick said. The mission of the overall project is to “build a hometown where everyone counts, comes together, and contributes,” she said. A Community Board could facilitate a deeper pool of volunteers for community initiatives and town offices, and more connections between neighbors with similar interests, and help for residents in need. So far, survey responses have called for initiatives as diverse as a Welcome Wagon, a town cornhole tournament, and “neighbor networks” aimed at suicide prevention and supporting seniors so they can stay in their homes. Grapevine Executive Director Melissa Gallagher has agreed to sit on the Antrim Community Board Advisory Council along with James A. Tuttle Library Director Cynthia Jewett, McCormick said. McCormick herself is a former director of the Grapevine. The community board steering committee intends to survey every Antrim resident over the next two years.

Organizers McCormick and Gordon Allen have been promoting a community board in Antrim for about a year. State law permits the town to establish a Community Services and Care Planning Board – or “Community Board” – as an official arm of local government, but no town has done it yet.

Antrim residents are invited to a one-hour Zoom information session on Wednesday, Sept. 16 at 7 p.m. to hear details on the initiative. For more information, visit https://www.antrimnh.org/antrim-community-board or call Gordon Allen at 588-2742 or Kristen Vance McCormick at 446-7754.




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