If you spend anytime on our website, you know that we are all about  parent groups building community. That's why we love this idea that a New Jersey PTA came up with; use their school's PTA website to help neighbors in a down economy.  To accomplish this, they have set up an "items for exchange" section on their website -- see the "can anyone use a..." tab. Very cool.
”With the current economy the way it is, it would be kind of nice for neighbors to help neighbors,” said Rodger Lippman, the PTA’s president and webmaster. “Items that may be obsolete for one person can go a long way toward helping someone else.”

Now, that's the kind of parent group that will attract attention and make people want to join. Thought maybe your parent group would like to take this idea and run with it.

What does your PTO or PTA do to build community or reach out to neighbors? Jump in here and tell us about it.