Recent CHEER Accomplishments and Plans

December 28, 2011

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