Name: Audrey Skilton
Neighborhood Group: SoWe
Your work as one of the leaders in your Neighborhood Group is important because:
We want the neighborhood to be cohesive, safe, pleasant, welcoming.
Challenges that you are facing in your neighborhood right now:
The perception of crime, trash on the streets, lack of connection between neighbors, poverty and under/unemployment.
What are some of the rewards from being a neighborhood connector in your Group:
I have gotten to know so many of my neighbors that I didn’t know before. We feel now that we are “somebody”—the city government and many city residents and stakeholders recognize the SoWe name. We are “lighting up the neighborhood” with free porch lights. We have the Bike Ambassadors. We’re teaming up with Price Elementary in school programs.
Can you give a specific example of how your neighborhood has worked together?
In the Blizzard of 2016, the plow couldn’t get down some streets, and residents went out with shovels and a few snow blowers and cleared entire blocks by hand.
What is your secret to meeting new neighbors and welcoming them into the community?
The SoWe Neighborhood Connections Committee is working on forming a kind of “Welcome Wagon,” with information packets and welcoming gifts for new neighbors. Our Lancaster Southwest Community Facebook group, is a great way to get to know neighbors that you might not see in your daily travels.
Favorite way to spend a day with family, or friends in Lancaster City: