Picking your home can be an exciting milestone moment. After visiting countless open houses, comparing different options, and researching the perfect neighborhood – finally you’ve found the one. However, once we move in we slip into our little bubble and the closest people to you are the furthest away. This summer, get beyond the awkward “hi” as you pull into the driveway and get involved in your community. Here are three ways you can make a difference and be an active neighbor.
Initiate a Conversation
Building relationships with your neighbors is an essential part of creating a strong community. Gone are the days when people would bake pies and cookies, but you can still introduce yourself and show genuine interest in getting to know your neighbor better. If walking up to a stranger’s door is not your jam, make a point to go for regular walks or use local amenities if available. This way you not only get to know your environment a bit better, but also you’ll start to recognize the folks nearby that frequent those spaces.
Host a Block Party
If you’re a social butterfly, you can create the hub for your neighbors to get together. Community events like block parties are a great way to foster a sense of unity and strengthen bonds. Take a collaborative approach to organizing an event or social club, to make sure people are seen, heard, and appreciated. Encourage participation with interactive elements like games, activities, ice-breakers and food. Such spaces contribute to a sense of belonging and ultimately make your community a more vibrant and welcoming place to live.
Volunteer and/or Donate
Volunteering and donating is a fantastic way to invest into your community and make a difference. There are countless ways to help. You can be a foster parent, you can donate for a special cause or be a part of regular giving, you can donate your time through volunteer work, or you can simply just share the news about the good work people are doing. Nothing is too small or insignificant when you genuinely want to make a positive impact.
Now that you’re aware of what you can do, you might be asking yourself, “Why bother?” Well, the simple answer is this: when your community thrives, everyone comes out on top. It’s not just about short-term gains; it’s about long-term benefits too. A connected community can stand together in times of crisis and cheer each other on during moments of success. You deserve to experience a sense of belonging in your surroundings, so why not step up and be the one to make your community feel more like home? It’s time to get active and ignite the spark of connection!