How to Host a House Party/Community Gathering
Welcome to our “How to Host a House Party/Community Gathering” guide! We are thrilled that you are interested in joining us to make a positive impact in our community. As we go about our lives, it’s easy to forget that the issues that affect us also affect our neighbors. But when we come together as a community, change can happen. That’s why we have created a survey to collect data on the issues that matter most to Latinos across Georgia. By hosting a gathering in your home, church, or public space, you can help us gather this important information and present it to our elected officials, who need to hear directly from us.
To ensure your gathering is a success, we’ve put together a quick overview of what you should do before, during, and after the event. Remember, by hosting a gathering, you’re not just helping us collect valuable data, you’re also creating an opportunity for neighbors and friends to come together, share their thoughts, and create a stronger community. Let’s get started!
Before the gathering
Choose a date and time that works for everyone, and try to avoid scheduling conflicts with other community events. Additionally, consider a location that is accessible and convenient for all attendees. Whether it’s your home or a public space like a church or park, make sure your guests can easily get there and that parking is accessible and nearby.
You can register your very own house party using this registration form. After you fill out the form, a community organizer will reach out to notify you that your event has been approved.
Send out invitations to your guests at least two weeks before the event. We have a script for what the invitation should look like (here)!
Make sure you have all the necessary materials and supplies for your event, such as survey forms, pens, and refreshments. Your community organizer can help provide survey forms, QR codes, and pens as needed.
During the gathering
To ensure a successful gathering, greet your guests warmly and make them feel comfortable. Introduce yourself and explain the purpose of the gathering and what you hope to accomplish using our script as a guide. Encourage your guests to participate in the survey and engage in conversation with one another. Provide refreshments and snacks for everyone to enjoy.
After the gathering
Thank your guests for attending and sharing their perspectives.
Before showing your guests out, collect any paper survey forms and ensure they are securely stored. Afterward, contact your community organizer for pick-up and send a follow-up email to your guests, thanking them for their participation and letting them know when and how they can expect to hear about the survey results; your organizer will share more information on this during your debrief. Finally, encourage your guests to follow GALEO on social media for updates. Hosting a community gathering is a rewarding experience and a way to connect with your community. Thank you for making a difference!