Hi, Everyone! I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving!
20 surveys and meeting invitations have been returned to me as "undeliverable as addressed", since the home owners do not live on our wonderful street. (I had originally gathered the names and addresses by using the Haines 2006 Criss-Cross Directory.)
I just sent them back out last week, this time, using the city's tax rolls to get more accurate addresses. I was surprised to find that I was sending mail as far as Louisville, Kentucky! Has this person even stepped foot onto his property? Does he care who is living in his building, and how their actions might be bringing the quality of life down for those of us who actually live on this beautiful street?
I re-sent many pieces of mail to Penfield, Pittsford, Brighton, Holley, Gates, Greece, Kendall, and Chili. I also noted that other properties were owned by people in Irondequoit, and in Elmhurst, Illinois! (I haven't received those original pieces of mail back yet, but I have a feeling that I will.)
I have only received one completed survey since my original mailing of early October. I am very disappointed in this response rate, and wonder what my next step should be, in order to entice more neighbor involvement in our beautification and renewal activities.
Please, let me know what I need to do, as an artist/mommy, that can bring everyone together to make our street better, and eventually, turn our whole neighborhood around!
I welcome positive comments, and even negative ones, as I really don't know what I am doing wrong! I am a novice, and can benefit from learning from other's experiences.
I envision the type of street where new neighbors are welcomed to the neighborhood with gift baskets and handshakes, and people help others whenever they can. If this is the type of street you believe Cameron Street can be, please help me to realize this vision!
I look forward to hearing from you all!!!!