BVNA maintains standing committees made up of volunteers, in order to accomplish many of our objectives. Committees often meet monthly in order to plan projects, provide updates, and discuss new ideas.  Please follow our weekly e-news, or contact our office to learn more about the meeting cadence of each committee.

CORE PROGRAMMING

BVNA produces general membership meetings anchored around a rotating set of themes and topics of interest to members, in keeping with our core mission of facilitating a public discussion forum and connecting neighbors with city services, agencies, programs, and elected officials.  

The committee seeks to identify content that is timely and relevant, secures speakers, handles facilities & arrangements, event promotion, and day-of logistics such as setup, breakdown, sign-in, A/V, and introducing speakers or moderating the panel.  In the past, special guests have included various city and state elected officials, as well as representatives from the PWD, PGW, PPA, OPA, Dept of Revenue, Fire Department, OTIS/Transportation, Streets, L&I, OSHA, School District / Area School Principals, Italian Market district, South Street Headhouse District, and other local community partner groups.

SPECIAL EVENTS

The events committee has been producing the always-popular happy hours around the neighborhood, along with other community-building events — such as Night at the Phillies, holiday cookie swaps, bowling, and meetups at area parks, bars and restaurants. 

The Events and Programming may work together to produce special events such as benefit concerts, civic mixers, home and garden tours showcasing area homes, pumpkin painting and carving, treecycling, Red Cross blood drive, weatherization workshops, CPR/EAD workshops, 311 safety walks, and partners with the safety committee on National Night Out.  

BEAUTIFICATION

BVNA Beautification committee aims to reduce litter and trash in our neighborhood, coordinates recycling, conducts weeding, and generally works to keep the Bella in Bella Vista. In partnership with PMBC, KPB, NotInPhilly, City Recycling office, ACAM, Bella Vista tree tenders, local composting services, area businesses, parks groups, and of course our many dedicated volunteers — the Beautification committee strives to preserve clean streets and sidewalks around Bella Vista through coordinating volunteer spring and fall clean-ups, targeted spot clean-ups, distribution of recycling bins to all neighbors, treecycling, Yard Tree Giveaway, and Weird Waste Recycling events, and raising awareness of city policies concerning proper trash and recycling set-out.  

In 2018, we have also launched our first-ever Sidewalk and Curb Sweeping initiative through a crowd funding platform, in order to augment our all-volunteer efforts.  If you would like to help do your part in beautifying Bella Vista — be it on clean-up days, tree-planting, or other greening efforts — or if you already have block level cleanup efforts underway, and would like to join forces and meet like minded neighbors — please email us to get more involved in this committee!

TRANSPORTATION

BVNA transportation committee aims to make navigating Bella Vista safer and more accessible for people on foot, bike, bus, and car.  The committee coordinates requests into the various agencies such as OTIS, Streets, Traffic Engineering, the PPA, and (in close coordination with the safety committee) the 3rd Police District; serves as the point of contact for transportation-related concerns; provides information to the Bella Vista community about planned transportation projects; and advocates for necessary transportation infrastructure and walkability improvements for the neighborhood. The committee may suggest improved intersection design and seek state, federal, and non-profit grants in order to help make the designs a reality.  Past projects have included participation in slow zone applications, applications for additional crosswalks with a focus on safe routes to school, and municipal lot renovation and signage changes to improve turnover.

COMMUNICATIONS

The Bella Vista Neighbors Association Communications Committee supports the effective and efficient flow of accurate information between BVNA and Bella Vista residents. The committee’s goal is to inform the community not only about BVNA activities and concerns, but also about partner neighborhood organizations such as the Palumbo recreation center, Charles Santore Library, parks and their friends groups, and Nebinger and other nearby schools.

In service of its overall mandate, the Communications committee helps maintain the bellavistaneighbors.org website and its social-media presence, and oversees production of two newsletters — the weekly e-news, and the twice-annual print newsletter.  Sub-committees focus on the print and weekly e-news, respectively.

FUNDRAISING & DEVELOPMENT

BVNA Fundraising & Development Committee’s job is to keep BVNA financially viable in order to advance the organization’s mission of improving quality of life in Bella Vista.   It makes the work of our other committees possible, allows us to continue to deliver services,  produce annual events in partnership with the 3rd District, Parks, Schools, and Cultural Institutions, as well as helps keep the lights on by funding the various operating and administrative expenses such as insurance, website, email, print, and other systems. 

BVNA has two types of funds: Operational and Capital. BVNA’s annual operating income is generated through business sponsorships of our print newsletter “The News of Bella Vista”, our e-News, community support of the “Bella Vista Night at the Phillies” and other social fundraisers, and through neighbor donations. The BVNA Treasurer tracks, manages and reports our operational income and expenses using QuickBooks.  

100% of BVNA funds go directly to all our operational and capital projects; no BVNA member receives compensation. Further, BVNA is tax-exempt, resulting in eight percent (8%) more funding going directly to the bottom-line. Also, our organization draws on the talent and interests of the membership, resulting in additional savings.

ZONING

The Zoning committee fulfills the RCO responsibilities under the city’s zoning code by moderating community presentations for variance requests, civic design review, PLCB liquor licenses, and sidewalk cafe applications. The committee provides feedback on the plans, helps near neighbors understand the nuances and potential impacts of new development or additions, flyers for upcoming meetings, and issues advisory letters.   BVNA Zoning committee volunteers often include architects and other building trade professionals.  To learn more about how the committee operates, as well as access various zoning and building resources, please see:  http://www.bellavistaneighbors.org/zoning/

PUBLIC SAFETY

BVNA’s Public Safety Committee helps keep our neighborhood a safe place to live, and fosters police community partnership.   To learn more about our crime prevention strategy, upcoming meetings, and access various safety resources, please see:   http://www.bellavistaneighbors.org/public-safety-committee/

HISTORIC PRESERVATION

The goal of the historic preservation committee is to proactively catalogue the places that matter, in accordance with the stated significance criteria of the Historical Commission. Bella Vista has less than a dozen properties on the city’s historic register, and it is up to volunteers to propose properties of significance, propose standards that preserve the character of materials, and otherwise advocate for responsible development that encourages adaptive reuse, sustainability, and tenant protection. See more here