Top 10 Ways to get to know your neighbor
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Neighborhood Alliance believes that a social neighborhood is a safe neighborhood. Whether you are connected to your neighbors next door or down the block, you create a sense of ownership to take care and watch out for each other.
Within our urban core neighborhoods, we are beginning to see demographics change and grow. Our generation needs our older generation just as much as they need us! By reaching out, this can be the first step in connecting with your neighbor today and make your neighborhood an even better and safer “place” to live.
Here are the top 10 ways:
10. Connect with a common ground – You might have someone living nearby that shares your love for gardening. Maybe your kids are around the same age and attend the same school.
9. Create a beautification project for the neighborhood – You can start small by inviting neighbors to help clean up leaves or other weather-related debris from yards and streets.
8. Create a social media network for the neighborhood – Facebook, Twitter and Nextdoor are all great social media apps. If a network already exists, get connected.
7. Start a phone tree – Get to know everyone on your block and have a contact in case of an emergency.
6. Offer your mowing skills to a neighbor in need – There will always be a neighbor with special skills you do not possess. You might also possess a skill that your neighbors could take advantage of. Do a neighborly deed and help your neighbor.
5. Welcome the new neighbor with a Hello – A simple face to face hello works best, but you can always bake tasty treats for them to enjoy. You can also bring them a neighborhood association packet letting them know you have an active neighborhood.
4. Get to know the 3 neighbors in front and one on each side of your home – Those neighbors will become the best way to keep an eye on your home while you are away. Simply having your neighbor pick up your mail will make a huge difference in safety.
3. Already have a Neighborhood Association? Organize block captains - This is an easy way to get to know the whole neighborhood, one block at a time.
2. Host a social event – Ice-Cream Social, Neighbors Night Out, Potluck, Easter egg hunt, progressive dinners, etc. Next thing you know the entire block will get involved.
1. Start a neighborhood association – Talk with a few neighbors and create a steering committee and then get feedback from the whole neighborhood.
Contact Neighborhood Alliance and we will be happy to assist you further making your neighborhood a safe, healthy and beautiful neighborhood!
Special Thanks to Barbie Smalley
Neighborhood Alliance of Central Oklahoma