The Whittier Historic Neighborhood Association (WHNA) was formed after a small group of residents gathered together in the fall of 1997 and discussed the possibility of forming an organization to improve and protect their Uptown Whittier neighborhood. The Association is comprised of the people that live in the WHNA historic neighborhood. Its purpose is to protect and promote the common good and general welfare of residents living within its boundaries, and to preserve the historic integrity and natural resources of the area. The Association utilizes representatives on all blocks within its boundaries, publishes a free Neighborhood Newsletter, recognizes neighbors who significantly improve the exterior of their homes, welcomes new neighbors into the neighborhood, sponsors an Annual Neighborhood Holiday Decoration Contest, holds neighborhood meetings covering a wide-range of informative topics, and sponsors Home Tours. Home Tour proceeds are devoted to neighborhood improvement projects. WHNA is a not-for-profit organization.