We’re excited to bring you our first installment in a new series where we highlight our inspiring and diverse BigTent groups. Our first feature is a new group to BigTent, Highlands Mommies.
Highlands Mommies was recently in the news for their courageous efforts to face crime in their Denver, Colorado community.
It all started when members began reporting in the forums that their homes had been burglarized. The reports of burglaries became so frequent that group leaders raised this issue to members and asked how they could organize to make their community safer. To find out what they did, watch this short video clip of group leaders Elina Martinez and Laverne Hay, on a Colorado morning show:
We spoke with the Highlands Mommies group leaders to learn more about how they use BigTent, and their group’s hopes for the future:
Q: How do you use BigTent to organize your group?
A: We use the subgroups a lot! For us, that is where most of the activity happens. We’ve created subgroups based on shared interest or needs. This eliminates the problem of the main forum getting filled with questions/comments that only a small group would find useful.
Q: What is your favorite BigTent feature and why?
A: We love the News feature, and the fact that hot topics are kept front and center on the Buzz page. We also adore the forums. At our old site we would not have any way to keep the conversation all in one place, so it can be referenced later.
Q: What changes have you seen since you organized the Town Hall meeting?
A: We’ve had local newspapers write articles echoing what was said at the Town Hall and from the officers. All this resulted in more citizen calls to our officers reporting suspicious activity, which enabled our officers to move faster, find suspects in question and run their information through their database (in many cases they had outstanding warrants and were arrested). Our group is also starting to get recognized for its strength and diversity.
Q: What goals does your group have for the future?
A: We have several big initiatives this year: (1) Work with our law enforcement to make our community safer (2) Work with the schools within our boundaries to help them in any way they need help (3) Attract more members who can help us grow our amazing community.
Q: Is there anything else you would like to share with us?
A: Overall, we love the move to BigTent, our members have had 95% positive reviews so thank you!
Pictured above are Highlands Mommies Group Leaders Elina Martinez, Laverne Hay & Elizabeth Martinez (L to R).
Thank you to Highlands Mommies for sharing their amazing story with us! Be on the look out for more BigTent group highlights!
The BigTent Team
P.S. Do you have a great group on BigTent? Tell us about it by emailing rosa @ bigtent.com.