By: Sydney Taylor
Edits By: Martha Fedorowicz
Jim DeLine is the president of the Neighbors of Scott Woods neighborhood association in Lansing’s 2nd Ward. After retiring from a career at the City of Lansing, DeLine wanted to stay engaged in the community and do his part to make Scott Woods an even better place to live. He helped form the association in 2016 with other neighbors who wanted something more integrated than their neighborhood watch group.
A goal of the Neighbors of Scott Woods is to increase communication among neighbors and initiate activities that benefit both the neighborhood and the city. The association holds at least two events a year including picnics and block parties. All neighbors - including renters - are invited to attend. New neighbors are provided with “new neighbor packets” to ensure they feel welcomed in their new neighborhood. Meetings are held each month and can feature speakers from the community that matter to the neighborhood.
DeLine says it is important to encourage better relationships between neighbors as the neighborhood and the Lansing community become more diverse. He says he was compelled to create a neighborhood association because they foster inclusion, fun, and enjoyment in the community.
Want to start a neighborhood group or hold a neighborhood meeting? Neighborhood associations can apply for city funding, do service projects and bring neighbors together at community events. Check out these resident resources for starting your own neighborhood group.