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Learn how to organize your neighborhood and other useful tips for strengthening community! If you have a neighborhood resource you'd like to suggest, please email the Office of Community Engagement.

To connect with other neighborhood groups in Santa Rosa, please visit our Neighborhood Groups page!



How Do I...


Start a neighborhood group?

Neighborhood groups and associations are a great way to get to know your neighbors and be involved in neighborhood activities. If there is no neighborhood group where you live, start one! Don't know where to start? No problem! The Office of Community Engagement is happy to help provide you with information and resources to get you started. Here are a few places to start:


Start a neighborhood watch?


A watch is a crime prevention program which enlists the active participation of citizens in partnership with the police department to reduce crime in their communities. To start your own neighborhood or apartment watch in Santa Rosa, please contact the Santa Rosa Police Department's Community Outreach Team at 707-543-3653. 

Start a community garden?

Wanting to start a community garden in your neighborhood, but not sure where to start? Below is a list of some good starting places, including contacts of local agencies working on community gardens.

Tools for Community Building 



Community Toolbox - A free, online resource for those working to build healthier communities and bring about social change. Tools and activities included: planning and assessments; interventions; evaluation; advocacy training; and many others! This resource also helps connect communities to each other for learning opportunities. 

National Civic League - Provides training, support and recognition for the creation of inclusive, thriving communities that take equitable approaches to community decision-making. Fosters and shares promising practices of local government and public engagement. 

NeighborWorks America - Creates opportunities for people to live in affordable homes, improve their lives, and strengthen their communities. Provides technical assistance, training and funding opportunities on community building and engagement to communities across the United States. Also provides networking and learning opportunities between communities. 


Community Resources



2-1-1 Sonoma County - Bringing people and services together! 2-1-1 Sonoma County connects Sonoma County residents to non-emergency health and human services resources. Bilingual Information and Referral Specialists are available day or night to help! Dial 2-1-1 from any phone.

Auditor's Report - The Santa Rosa Independent Police Auditor provided a presentation to the City Council on the findings from the 2016 Police Department Audit. The report outline's the activities and insights of the Independent Police Auditor and the various tasks undertaken, what was learned, and the trends and concerns identified, as well as broader observations.

Community Action Partnership - Community Action Partnership of Sonoma County has been partnering with low income families and individuals to help them achieve economic and social stability; to build community, and to advocate for social and economic justice since 1967 and has a rich history and strong allies here in Sonoma County.

Community Advisory BoardThe Community Advisory Board (CAB) represents views and ideas from the broader community on issues of interest to the City Council. The CAB and the City Council jointly decide on the topics on which they will seek input. The topics have a broad community interest, not just a narrow, neighborhood-based focus. The City Charter requires the CAB to advise the City Council on: public safety issues; Capital Improvement priorities; and involvement plans for development issues. CAB also awards funding for Community Improvement projects. Please email the Office of Community Engagement for more information on CAB funding opportunities!

County of Sonoma - For health and human services, as well as other County departments, please visit this website for more information!

Independent Office of Law Enforcement Review and Outreach - Providing all members of the public with effective and independent review of complaints against the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office, making policy recommendations to improve the responsiveness of the Sheriff’s Office to the community, and maintaining continual engagement with members of the public in Sonoma County.

Kaiser Permanente Community Benefit - Kaiser Permanente offers not only individual patient care, but also programs to benefit the whole community. In Santa Rosa, this includes the South Santa Rosa Healthy Eating, Active Living (HEAL) Initiative, run by the Sonoma County Department of Health Services. Kaiser also offers opportunities for community members to give back to their communities, including tools to help them do so.

Latino Service Providers
 - The Latino Service Providers Sonoma County (LSP-SC) works with community partners to engage, collaborate, and exchange valuable information; to increase awareness of available resources, access to programs and services; to influence public policy, delivery of services, enhance inter-agency communication; and to promote professional development within the Latino population.

Northern California Center for Well-Being - The Center provides health education services, including weight and diabetes management, to improve the health and well-being of communities in Santa Rosa and throughout the County of Sonoma. Opportunities for community members to help are offered through the Promaotres de Salud program and other volunteer opportunities. 

SSU Center for Community Engagement - Whether through a service-learning class, internship or volunteerism, or through community based participatory research, action research or creative activity for the common good, the Center for Community Engagement is here to help faculty, staff, and students collaborate with community partners to deepen learning and outcomes.

St. Joseph's Health of Sonoma County, Community Benefit
St. Joseph Health Sonoma County believes strongly in supporting the community; it's goal is not only to meet the health needs of their individual patients, but to also help the neighborhoods. 

Sutter Santa Rosa - Community partnerships are key to improving the health and well-being of all Santa Rosa residents. Find out how the Sutter Community Benefits team can help provide you with the resources needed to make improvements in your neighborhood!