Persistence. This is the word I would use to describe the efforts of longtime Oakwood Neighborhood resident, Connie. Over the past year, she has diligently worked to re-start the Oakwood Neighborhood Association which has been dormant for over two decades. Despite challenges, Connie’s passion for her neighborhood continues to burn and sustain her dedication to her neighbors and her community.
Part of Connie’s inspiration for starting the Oakwood Neighborhood Association are memories of having to go outside of her neighborhood when her kids and grandkids were growing up to go to National Night Outs and other neighborhood events. She wants this generation of Oakwood families to have events they can attend in their own neighborhood. This is what continued to motivate her as she tirelessly worked to plan Oakwood’s first National Night Out back in October, securing a DJ, vendors from local businesses and organizations, donations for food and drinks, and even an inflatable bull.
Persistence is what also continues to drive Connie as she works to make Oakwood an official neighborhood association, and in her own words, works to “bring more UNITY to the COMMUNITY.”