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Organized Neighborhoods (MONs)
Organized neighborhoods are the foundation for addressing all local safety and improvement issues related to MSIC's Areas of Focus. Neighbors may organize to address crime or traffic issues on their street, or to prepare for an earthquake or other natural disaster. Some organize to improve the appearance of their neighborhood, and some just to socialize and to know who their neighbors are. Ideally neighbors organize for all these reasons and more! Organized neighborhoods can help bring about a stronger sense of community and belonging--things that are often missing with our modern lifestyles.
There are two City-sponsored programs for training and certification that an organized neighborhood should receive; Neighborhood Watch for crime prevention and CORE (Communities of Oakland Respond to Emergencies) for emergency preparedness and response. The MSIC highly recommends that every organized neighborhood be trained and maintain their skills around these two programs.
The MSIC works actively with community leaders and organizations such as the Piedmont Pines Neighborhood Association to motivate, support and recognize our organized neighborhoods. Through community and leader meetings, networking, local training and recognition events, we are working to help develop and sustain 100% organized neighborhoods in our MSIC area.
The MSIC has coined the term Montclair Organized Neighborhood (MON) for any organized neighborhood in the MSIC area that is Neighborhood Watch and/or CORE trained, or even organized for some other purpose. The Definition of a MON document explains this in more detail.
A MON is typically comprised of 30-50 homes, although some have as few as a dozen or more than 100. The boundaries may be agreed-upon sections of streets or blocks or defined by features like parks or main thoroughfares. An organized neighborhood usually has a small number of volunteer MON Leaders (Block Captains) that organize and communicate with the neighbors and the MSIC and that help plan functions such as social events, emergency exercises, training, etc.
If you are interested in organizing your neighborhood, you may refer to the Montclair Organized Neighborhood Leader's Guide, created by the MSIC, for guidance. This document describes five basic recommended steps to organize a new neighborhood group, gives tips for maintaining a group, outlines Neighborhood Watch and CORE training, and provides information on the specific duties of a MON Leader.
The MSIC has additional documents and Web sites that contain useful guides and tips around organizing, emergency preparedness, etc. If you have any requests for additional information, please let us know.