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Opportunities for Community Involvement

The Manchester Weed & Seed (W&S) Strategy was founded upon the empowerment of residents to get involved in their communities and neighborhoods. Therefore, we will regularly update this page to act as a resource for community involvement opportunities. Check back often!

Neighborhood Watch Groups 

Neighborhood watch programs are one of the most cost effective and important anti-crime strategies in the country.  

  • Over 50 Neighborhood Watch Groups have been formed to date. Eleven have registered nationally with the National Sheriff’s Association’s "USA on Watch" Program.
  • Neighborhood mobilization efforts have resulted in the participation of over 800 residents.
Example of Watch Group Contributors
Picture Info: Rededication of the Adam Curtis Skate Park, 2011, special thanks to Eagle Eyes Watch Group and Cheryl and John Mitchell for organizing this effort

Examples of Watch Group contributions to their neighborhoods include active resident patrols, fundraisers to benefit youth, neighborhood beautification projects, and safety clinics for the elderly. 

For more information on Neighborhood Watch Groups and how you can get involved, please contact Officer Mark Ampuja, Weed & Seed/Senior Services Police Officer, Manchester Police Department at (603) 628-6132 ext 437. 

Weed & Seed Subcommittees

All W&S Strategy Subcommittees are open to resident involvement and we encourage residents to join those groups with which they find a common interest or passion. More information about the Subcommittees can be found on our W&S Strategy Structure page.

For more information or to join a Subcommittee, please contact the Health Department at (603) 624-6466.

Healthy Eating Active Living (HEAL) Policy Committee 

HEAL efforts increase healthy eating and active living through policy and environmental change strategies that aim to make the healthy choice, the easy choice for Manchester residents. For instance, examples of HEAL-related strategies would include developing a neighborhood park space for families, improving sidewalks and lighting for pedestrian safety, or establishing a community garden to increase access to fresh fruits and vegetables. The Manchester HEAL Innovation Fund Project is an initiative that began in 2010 through a grant awarded to the City of Manchester Health Department from the HNH foundation and the Convergence Partnership.

For more information or to join the HEAL Policy Committee, please contact Jaime Hoebeke, Senior Public Health Specialist, at or (603) 657-2733.

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