In Times Like These: Being Safe AND Neighborly – Encouragement and resources as we weather COVID-19 separate but together. UNOE Cares.
DISCLAIMER:Any events or meetings announced in this newsletter are contingent on mandates related to whether or not we are under a state of emergency and travel/gathering restrictions. If in doubt, contact the UNOE President, the event/meeting host or stay tuned to local media.
From the President – Find remarks from your UNOE Board President on page 2.
Special Store Hours for At-Risk Shoppers – Find a list of some of the stores offering special hours on page 2.
Unified Development Ordinance – On page 3, discover an explanation of the process being used for reviewing the City’s municipal code and what it means to every neighborhood. (Resource: www.CommUnity2020evc.com)
2020 U.S. Census – Invitation letters and paper forms have been hitting mailboxes during the past month. On pages 6 and 7, find information about the various ways to take the Census, how to learn the response rate of your neighborhood’s census tract and more. Follow the local effort on Facebook at 2020 Census Evanville.
Encouraging Our Neighbors to Complete the 2020 Census
EVERY person who is counted by the Census is worth about $2700 in federal funds, grants and support for our community, according to a George Washington Institute study. These funds support schools, hospitals, roads, public works and other vital programs.
When you receive your invitation to respond, talk it up among your neighbors, strike up conversations with people in the community while shopping, playing, worshiping or working. Encourage everyone to be counted for the good of everyone in our community! Learn more at 2020census.gov. Visit the local Complete Count Committee’s Facebook page: 2020 Census Evansville YouTube Channel: 2020Census Evansville Get involved in the Census Challenge.
As families gather to celebrate Thanksgiving and the holiday season with traditional meals, the Evansville Water and Sewer Utility (EWSU) reminds everyone to put FOG – fats, oils and grease – from holiday cooking in the trash to avoid clogged drain. To underscore this message, EWSU is launching a public service campaign to raise awareness about the importance of keeping FOG from damaging pipes in homes and our city’s sewer system.
People often don’t realize that every drop of fat, oil or grease that does down the drain will end up in the sewer line. As FOG collects in sewers it can form large clogs that can damage pipes and cause sewage to back up into homes, eventually reaching local streams and wetlands.
The EWSU FOG billboards and video public service announcements encourage everyone to “Cool It. Can It. Throw it Away. Put FOG in the trash, not the sink!” Fifteen billboards with the FOG holiday message are located on high traffic thoroughfare across the city. The FOG videos, featuring EWSU Director Allen Mounts, are available online offering simple tips on things you can do at home to eliminate FOG.
Cool It. Can It. Throw it Away.
Put FOG in the trash, not the sink!
Click here to access the EWSU Videos YouTube Channel. Click here to watch the 30 second FOG video. Click here to watch the 60 second FOG video. Click here to watch the 2 minute 28 second FOG video with several tips and information behind this requested practice.
Southwest Indiana Counties Band Together for Improved Broadband – For our Neighborhoods with residents in the County: Take the survey to help.
Highlights from the 24th Annual Sparkplug Recognition Banquet– Watch for another blog post this month featuring the 2019 Sparkplug Award winners! See them now on pages 4 & 5.
Leading UNOE – What’s the purpose, composition and responsibilities of your UNOE Board members? What does each Officer do?
Preparing for the 2020 Election of UNOE Officers – Check your Neighborhood’s webpage on this website to make sure your UNOE Representatives are listed correctly. Send any changes to email@example.com or call the office by 1/23/20.
UNOE’s Nominating Committee Report – See current nominees for elected Board positions. Nominations are accepted until the time of voting during the January General Meeting. See page 7 for details.
Neighborhood Lighting Survey Update – Thank you to those Neighborhood Associations who participated! See page 8.
How Have You Used Your Yard Signs? – Send your stories to the UNOE office. See page 8.
2020 Membership Packets – After 12/1/19, Neighborhoods will be able to download the 2020 Membership Forms from our Membership page. Packets will also be mailed after the start of the year.
Tips from the City Arborist – Beware of Deceptive People Going Door to Door Soliciting Tree Work – See page 9 for a message from Sean Dickerson, Dept. of Urban Forestry, City of Evansville
Heating Advice to Stay Safe and Snug and Save Money – Helpful tips and resources for everyone. See page 11.
UNOE’s Inclement Weather Policy – UNOE office policy states that if the EVSC schools are closed due to inclement weather, the UNOE Office will be closed also. This also affects UNOE events or meetings scheduled for after hours. See page 12.
The meeting also features a Summer Grill presented by e is for everyone. Volunteers with e is for everyone will be grilling hot dogs and hamburgers for Traveling City Hall participants. A limited quantity of food will be available along with e is for everyone giveaways, while supplies last.
Join in on this opportunity to learn about the “e” community initiative and some exciting activities planned this summer to promote the e is for everyone brand.
UNOE will share information about our organization’s services and upcoming UNOE and member Neighborhood events.
City department heads will be available to talk one-on-one with city residents about any issue involving local government.
The event is free and open to everyone.
Parking is available on the street and in the EVPL lot at Cherry & ML King Blvd (near the stoplight). Look for the UNOE tent and signs on the lawn along Cherry St.
Mark your calendar for the first General Meeting of next year: Jan. 24, 2019 – 6:30pm – C.K. Newsome Community Center
Make It SNAPpy!
FREE classes for our neighbors
who are eligible for SNAP & WIC benefits
in partnership with Purdue Extension: Nutrition Education Program 3rd Tuesdays:
December 18, 2018
January 15, February 19, & March 19, 2019
More details on Page 8.
OCTOBER: NO GENERAL MEETING – Join us at the 23rd Annual Sparkplug Recognition Banquet
Find information on the front page of the newsletter for information about the event.
On page 3, you’ll find a quick form to use for ordering tickets.
For more information about the banquet, visit the event page.
COMMUNITY EVENT NEWS
Clean Evansville event info – 1st Saturday; To register a group or member, visit www.cleanevansville.org
Mayor’sTraveling City Hall Program – 4th Wednesday of the month from 5:30-7:00pm at the CK Newsome Community Center with presentation on the Deaconess Aquatic Center
Make It SNAPpy! – class & community meals – Learn more about cooking healthy meals on a budget at eatgathergo.org.
Youth Worker Cafe – State of the Child: Key Challenges and Solutions for Our Kids – a community discussion & resource fair hosted by Indiana Youth Institute & other local partners. Find more info & register here.
Neighborhood Baby Shower hosted by the Vanderburgh County Health Department – Find the opportunity to donate toward the gift bags and info for sharing with expecting mothers you know who could use some help preparing for their newborn’s arrival. Find details & free registration here.
The cost for both UNOE Neighborhood Association members and guests is $18.00 per person and must be paid in advance by the deadline of Thursday, October 11, 2018.
View your Dinner Choices.
Downloads the Sparkplug Banquet Registration Packet
Sparkplug Award Nominations
Each Neighborhood Association may nominate one individual, group, business, or organization that resides in your neighborhood
to receive your neighborhood Sparkplug Award at the banquet.
Reflect on who has gone above and beyond to help their neighbors and their neighborhood. Consider “Why does this person or group deserve this award?” as you select your Sparkplug Award nominee.
Nominations must be received at the UNOE office by Thu., October 11, 2018.
Use the Sparkplug Award Nomination Form in the registration packet to submit your Neighborhood’s award winner.
The basket raffle has proven to be one of the highlights of the evening! Neighborhood Associations are asked to participate by making a themed basket for a door prize which those in attendance are eligible to win.
Use the Door Prize Donation Form in the registration packet to let the UNOE office know of your donation by Thu., October 11, 2018.
Neighborhood Photos Sought
Each Neighborhood Association may submit up to 5 photos of persons, projects, buildings, etc. that show something positive about your association’s work and/or your neighborhood’s assets or both, while trying to tie in with the banquet’s theme.
A one-line caption should accompany each photo. The photos with captions will be used in a PowerPoint presentation at the banquet.
Photos must be delivered/mailed to the UNOE office or emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org by Monday, October 1, 2018. <<NOTE EARLIER DEADLINE
Neighborhoods are invited to purchase an ad that will be part of the banquet program. See the details for each level of sponsorship.
Sponsorship forms are due to the UNOE office by Thursday, October 11, 2018.