People from a diverse range of backgrounds may live in your neighborhood. Unique differences could open you to new, rewarding worlds. Celebrating the uniqueness of each person in your community can help you to live in a peaceful neighborhood. So too can the following steps:
- Create a neighborhood garden – Designate a vacant lot as your community garden. Check with city officials to ensure that the space can be used for communal gardening purposes. Ask people to volunteer to plant vegetables and fruit, to care for the garden and to take in a harvest that is shared among every neighbor, either by giving out the food or by cooking the food during a neighborhood social event.
- Participate in a charity event once a quarter – Signup to receive volunteer event alerts through a local or national charity database. Select a charity event for neighbors to participate in once a quarter.
- Hold a neighborhood block party – A summer cookout, school year kickoff barbecue or autumn harvest are great neighborhood block party events. Get necessary permits, create and put up signs and decorations. You could even put up positive motivations and slogans. Be sure to play everyone’s favorite music while you relax and have fun.
- Greet new neighbors – Introduce yourself to new neighbors. Welcome them to the neighborhood.
- Look out for each other – Let your neighbors know if you see a strange vehicle or person in the area. Help neighbors if you see them struggling with grocery bags, walking on an icy sidewalk or climbing down outdoor steps. Report criminal offenses like child abuse and domestic violence.
- Speak to neighbors - Speak to your neighbors when you see them. A smile and a simple hello go a long way.
- Create a neighborhood emergency response team –Identify people in the neighborhood to complete actions like calling first responders, directing people to the nearest shelter and stocking cars and vans with non-perishables. Encourage each family to create their own emergency response team and practice emergency evacuation procedures at home.
- Plant neighborhood trees – Plant one to two neighborhood trees to strengthen the environment.
- Carpool to work – Join a neighborhood car or van pool and chip in and help pay for gas, saves gas and builds comradery.
- Buy from merchants who support in your neighborhood – Shop with business owners who live in your neighborhood or who help to sustain your neighborhood.
- Encourage your kids to play together – Playing with neighborhood kids can put good friends within reach for your children.
- Support youth sports, science and creative art steams – Attend neighboring children’s school, arts and sports events.
- Sit on the front porch and play board games or chat and relax – Enjoy relaxing and chatting on the porch with neighbors. You could play cards or board games and listen to good music. This old pastime is long due for a comeback.
You and your neighbors can add wonderful memories, excitement and a powerful sense of community to each other’s lives. Live three or more years in a neighborhood and you may start to feel as if the people who live near you are like relatives.Who knows? You might develop the type of friendships with your neighbors that last forever, keeping in touch even as people move into other homes and communities.