New! BEST Resources
The BEST Neighborhoods Division strives to enhance Plano neighborhoods through responsive programming and collaborative partnerships between neighborhoods, community volunteers, and various City departments to obtain long-lasting and tangible results.This Resources page is intended to help neighborhood leaders and residents incorporate best practices, connect to city resources (scroll to the bottom of the page), and learn practical tips on engaging neighbors.
We are always looking for new ideas to share with neighborhoods across Plano. How do you welcome new neighbors? Have you read a neighborhood-related book you would recommend to others? What icebreakers and activities have brought your neighborhood closer together? Do you have newsletter tips for other neighborhoods? Let us know!
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Contact BEST Neighborhoods by email or call 972-208-8150.
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- Nuttiest Neighborhood Award
- Neighborhood Leadership
- Welcome Wagon
- Great Gatherings
- Helpful Readings
- Cool Content
- Crime Watch
Are You the Nuttiest Neighborhood?
Partner with the City of Plano to help the North Texas Food Bank (NTFB) reach their goal of collecting 220,000 pounds of peanut butter this year!
Here's the Scoop:
Every September the NTFB hosts a peanut butter drive to help combat hunger in Collin County. Mayor LaRosilliere says, “This is the time of year where our community comes together to spread hope with their generosity and care." For the second year, Plano Neighborhood Services is helping reach the 220,000 pounds of peanut butter goal by hosting the Nuttiest Neighborhood Award - an award given to the neighborhood that has collected the most jars per household.
Collections run Tuesday, September 1 through Wednesday, September 30, the neighborhood that collects the most peanut butter per household will be honored with the title of “The Nuttiest Neighborhood.” All registered neighborhood groups are encouraged to participate.
Due to COVID-19, the drive is going virtual which includes more ways to donate!
Rules and Eligibility:
- Read the COVID Peanut Butter Drive Handbook
- Submit the entry form to the BEST Neighborhoods Division via email to Maria Castillo. Entry form will be open on September 1, 2020 and must be received by October 5.
- Collect peanut butter only during the month of September (Sept 1 - Sept 30, 2020)
- Collect and do any of the following:
- Donate virtually at this link and your gift will be used to purchase peanut butter for the drive. Please see instructions on how to create your neighborhood team! (most preferred)
- Direct drop off to Plano Campus donation door:
North Texas Food Bank: HEB Door
3677 Mapleshade Ln.
Plano, TX 75075
- Amazon – Order from Amazon or your grocery store and have the peanut butter delivered to the North Texas Food Bank Campus in Plano
- Collections MUST be for the North Texas Food Bank. North Texas Food Bank is converting $1= 1 pound/16ox jar of Peanut Butter. A receipt of your donation from the NTFB with the final weight is required to submit an application.
For more information visit North Texas Food Bank Peanut Butter Drive
COVID-19 Neighborhood Toolkit
During a time of uncertainty and social distancing, many of us are wondering how to be a good virtual neighbor. As COVID-19 continues to impact how we communicate and carry out our daily routines, it’s important to stay connected and identify ways to help our neighbors in need.The COVID-19 Neighborhood Toolkit includes information on how to start connecting with your neighbors, neighborhood engagement best practices, and additional resources.
To request a hard copy please contact by email.
Local Leadership Programs
Interested in growing as a leader within your Community? The City of Plano has a variety of programs that can help grow your leadership skills as well as expand your knowledge about city operations and best practices.
- Plano Citizens Academy Opens a New Window.
- Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership Plano Program Opens a New Window.
- Live Green In Plano Champion Program (LGIP) Opens a New Window.
- Citizen Police Academy Opens a New Window. Opens a New Window.
- Neighborhood Leadership Council Opens a New Window.
- Neighborhood Leadership University
Looking for More?
Are you interested in additional resources and professional development as a neighborhood leader? Check out the following nationally and locally recognized organizations and associations that support neighborhood leaders.
- Community Associations Institute Opens a New Window.
- NeighborWorks Opens a New Window.
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- Southern Methodist University Mediation Center Opens a New Window.
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Did you recently have a new neighbor move into your community? Jump on the welcome wagon with some of these helpful tips and resources. Printable resources can be included directly into your welcome package or loaded onto a memory stick for easy sharing.
Tips for Welcoming a New Neighbor
- 6 Ways to Connect with your Neighbor Opens a New Window. , City of Plano Pinterest
- New Neighbor Welcome Gifts Opens a New Window. - City of Plano Pinterest
- 3 Ways to Introduce Yourself Opens a New Window. , City of Plano Pinterest
- New Neighbor Welcome Flyer Opens a New Window. , City of Plano Pinterest
- Here's Who To Call Flyer Opens a New Window. , City of Plano
Are you looking for ideas to enhance your next meeting or block party? Borrow these activities to help break the ice and build new relationships at your next neighborhood gathering. All activities are printable and can be adapted to better fit the unique needs of your neighborhood.
Tips for Hosting a Good Meeting or Event
- Printable Activities & Relevant Articles:
- How to Host a Neighborhood Block Party on a Budget Opens a New Window. , City of Plano Pinterest
- How to Organize a Neighborhood Block Party Opens a New Window. , City of Plano
- 5 Ways to Get to Know Your Neighbors Opens a New Window. , City of Plano Pinterest
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- City of Plano Event Spaces
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Does your neighborhood have a book club? Consider the following books if you are interested in discussing what it means to be a neighbor, the changing state of neighborhoods, and how to strengthen the sense of community in increasingly diverse neighborhoods. Looking for a great book club experience? The City of Plano has many great book clubs available to the public that include topics such as current reads, cook books, and mystery books.
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Community Associations Publications and More:
- Managing and Governing: How Community Associations Function Opens a New Window. , Clifford J. Treese
- Insurance: How Community Associations Protect Themselves Opens a New Window. , Clifford J. Treese
- Communications: How Community Associations Stay in Touch, Debra H. LewinMan Opens a New Window.
- Guide to Forming Neighborhood Associations Opens a New Window. , City of Plano
- An Introduction to Community Association Living Opens a New Window. , Community Associations Institute
City of Plano Book Clubs:
- Brown Bag Book Club Opens a New Window.
- Cook the Book! Book Club Opens a New Window.
- Mystery Book Club Opens a New Window.
- Second Tuesday Book Club Opens a New Window.
- What Are You Reading Now? Book Club Opens a New Window.
- Young @ Heart Book Club Opens a New Window.
Plano Library Resources:
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Are you tired of creating newsletter content from scratch? The following resources and short articles can help fill in the gaps with informative and relevant information for your next newsletter. Pick and choose what feels right for your neighborhood.
Cool Fun Tips for Engaging Your Neighbors
Cool City Flyers that you can Share!
- Please feel free to print, copy, post, or share the following flyers with your neighborhood or neighbors!
- Who to Call Residential (English) Opens a New Window.
- Who to Call Residential (Spanish) Opens a New Window.
- Who to Call Commercial Version (English) Opens a New Window.
- WhWho to Call Commercial Version (Spanish)Whot Opens a New Window.
- Neighborhood Services Quarterly Events Calendar Opens a New Window.
- Pop-Up Party Trailer Raffle for National Night Out 2019 Opens a New Window.
- Save the Date for the 2019 HOA Legal Clinic & Neighborhood Summit Opens a New Window.
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Looking to increase Crime Watch efforts within your neighborhood? The following resources will help you start and maintain a neighborhood crime watch group.
- Starting and Growing a Neighborhood Watch Opens a New Window.
- Neighborhood Crime Watch - City of Plano Opens a New Window.
- Home & Neighborhood Safety Opens a New Window. , National Crime Prevention Council
- Neighborhood Watch Manual, Bureau of Justice Assistance U.S. Department of Justice Opens a New Window.
- Officer Christopher Bianez Safety Minute Videos Opens a New Window. .
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