National Neighborhood Day inspires, builds, and sustains the neighborhood relationships that provide the foundation for civic action and the building of stronger, more caring and effective communities. With recent events in my area of riots and not so neighborly actions, I believe everyone could use a reminder of how to be a good neighbor. Bob Frie, mayor of Arvada, once stated “The majority of issues that our community is facing would be eliminated or drastically reduced if we could just figure out a way to become a community of great neighbors.”
Below is a list of fun, easy, and inspiring ideas for your National Neighborhood Day gathering. These ideas come from a combination of my own experiences and recommendations from around the world wide web. Please remember these are just ideas, you decide what works best in your neighborhood.
Neighborhood Service Projects:
-Consider organizing a neighborhood service project for the morning, followed by a fun gathering later in the day
–Points of Light is a nationwide network of service organizations. They have several local affiliates and volunteer opportunities in your area or close to it.
–Habitat for Humanity builds houses and provides people with affordable housing. They offer several volunteer projects throughout the country.
-Start a community garden or host a bulb or tree planting
-Create a nature trail
-Bike or walking trail repair
-Paint a neighborhood mural or the fence in a community garden
-Block party to welcome new neighbors, assemble “Party Buckets” with bubbles, sidewalk chalk, etc.
-Put together a community yard sale and donate the proceeds to a local charity
-Create a neighborhood babysitters list
-Talent or Art show, include the children to give them a chance to perfom too
-Outdoor movie screening
-Neighborhood walking tour
-Nature walking tour
-Share resources (for example, extra produce from garden,tool sharing)
-Blood or canned food drive
-Bake sale for charity
-Provide a basket of kids’ books with a neighborhood theme