Los Vecinos de Buford Highway (The Neighbors of Buford Highway) is a grassroots organization that cultivates community gatherings, magnifies the voices of its residents, and grows future leaders in the Buford Highway neighborhood.
We cultivate community by sharing dinner together in local apartment complexes and by helping to establish communication 1) between residents at individual apartment complexes and 2) between different apartment complexes along Buford Highway. Since a gap exists between residents of apartments and the local service providers, schools, nonprofits, and government entities, we serve as a conduit of information and social capital.
We create leadership opportunities by establishing one or two residents as "apartment captains" at local apartments. These apartment captains are responsible for disseminating information coming into the community and arising from the community. Apartment captains work closely with other community leaders to gain leadership insights, training, and support.
We recognize that our community has an important voice that is oftentimes unheard. Los Vecinos helps to magnify those voices. By creating a space for residents to gather, our neighbors begin to work together to amplify their voices to the broader community and to create resident-based solutions. We do this by hosting quarterly gatherings of all apartment complexes and by engaging the local media, community leaders, government entities, and school officials.
We live by these principles:
Be a good neighbor. In order to be a good neighbor, you have to know your neighbor and view them as an integral part of your community.
Honor all people. Everyone is equally valuable to our neighborhood, and our differences are not barriers to respect. They are an asset to be celebrated.
Share with each other. Whether it's time, resources, social capital, or knowledge, we believe that sharing means you will be there when you have something that your neighbor does not.
Eat together. When we eat together, we spend time genuinely getting to know each other, and this is what keeps neighborhoods strong and vibrant.
We envision an interconnected community where all people have access to the information and resources they need, the ability to influence the policies that affect their lives, and the chance to become leaders in their own neighborhood.