The 2017 Congress of Neighborhoods – an annual day of education and networking for Neighborhood Council members – will take place in Fall 2017 at LA City Hall (date and registration details to be announced later this spring.) The all-day event features catered meals as well as over 40 workshops; panels and roundtables presented by seasoned Neighborhood Council leaders; City department staff; and top local experts. More than 800 Neighborhood Council members from across Los Angeles attended the 2016 Congress, making last year’s event the biggest yet.
Volunteers & Planning Committee Members
Because the NC Congress is put on by Neighborhood Councils, for Neighborhood Councils, the event relies on your help as a volunteer – and your board’s help as a sponsor.
There are many ways you can help as a volunteer. You can help with event production at City Hall the weekend of the event; contribute your special skills, such as video shooting and editing; be an ambassador that visits other Neighborhood Councils to talk about the NC Congress; or help plan the event.
If you’d like to be on the 2017 Congress Planning Committee, meetings take place at 1 pm on the following dates:
- Sunday, March 26
- Sunday, April 23
- Sunday, May 21
- Sunday June 25
- Sunday, July 23
- Sunday, August 27
All meetings take place at the Hollywood Constituent Center, 6501 Fountain Avenue in Hollywood (near Cahuenga); parking lot in back.
If you have a special skill you’d like to contribute to this year’s Congress, or you’d like to join the Planning Committee, please attend the next Planning meeting Sunday March 26th, or write to NCCongress@EmpowerLA.org if you cannot attend.
Meals, parking, and workshops at the Congress of Neighborhoods are all free of charge to everyone who registers (registration opens in the summer). Instructors and event producers all volunteer their time to present the event, which broke attendance records last year. But even with the generous help of these volunteers, the cost of food; materials; and equipment rental for each Congress is between $28,000 – $30,000. Printing, for example, costs about $8,000 per year. Breakfast and lunch for 800 people costs between $16,000 and $20,000.
A form your board can use to make a resolution to help support the 2017 Congress of Neighborhoods can be found here. Please keep in mind that the last month to agendize discussion of Congress support is May, as the deadline to submit the form so that funds are processed from 2016-2017 fiscal year funds is June 1, 2017.
Sponsors are listed in on the Congress website and in the program, and recognized at the event.