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Ideas to strengthen your neighborhood:
- When you see your neighbors, say hello! Short one-minute conversations are a great way to start building a community.
- Reach out directly to your close neighbors. Ring the bell! If there is no answer, leave a note with your contact information. Some neighbors may be reluctant to open the door, but they may reach back out once they know who you are. Saying hello over the back fence can work as well.
- Plot out the neighbors you have met on a map, so you remember names and where each family lives.
- It is also great to ask your neighbors if they would like to put together a directory for your street or area. If people are concerned about handing out personal information, at least get an email address so you can alert your neighbors to any issues that need attention.
- Be an engaged, informed neighbor and participate in neighborhood activities. This is vital to establishing and maintaining a thriving neighborhood where families can flourish.
- Be on the look-out for your elderly neighbors. They can often use a friendly hello, a chat or a hand with their outdoor chores. Be sure to go the extra mile with safety precautions.
- Pets are also a great way to get to know your neighborhood. Morning and evening walks are very popular in nice weather and a friendly wave may lead to longer conversations.
- Remember to always pick up after your pets. Pet waste is a big aggravation to your neighbors when they take care of their property and their waste contaminates our streams and lakes.
- If you see a neighbor walking a dog with a yellow ribbon on the leash, be aware the dog needs extra space. Only proceed with permission and with caution.