2011 was a fabulous year for CHEER and 2012 will be even better. Below are the Details of our recent accomplishments, plans, and volunteer needs.
The Takoma Park Income Gap: In the beginning of November CHEER reported that Takoma Park had experienced a 15% decline in the number of middle income households, while the number of high income households had increased by 50%. The number of low income households remained steady. The Takoma Voice also reported on our findings.
Idea Jam: CHEER held its first Idea Jam on November 17, 2011 discussing the income gap in Takoma Park. Twenty-one people attended A community member reframed the discussion to “How do we sustain our diverse community?” Participants offered observations and suggested multiple strategies.
Takoma Park Election Day Survey: We asked what changes voters wanted to see. The theme most often mentioned was for more community engagement followed closely by local business, crime, and traffic and pedestrian issues.
“Unnatural Causes”: In the last two months we conducted two showings of different episodes of