How To Build Community In Your Neighborhood
Life gets busy for us all, and it is unfortunately pretty common for people to not know their neighbors at all. Younger people are especially less likely to know their neighbors, which can lead to a sense of isolation, especially in the wake of the pandemic and lockdowns.
The good news is that there are some simple things we can all do to foster a sense of community in our neighborhoods. Walter Gefrom is an active volunteer committed to strengthening his community. Today he shares how you can do the same.
- Go on walks around your neighborhood. You will be more likely to bump into your neighbors and start chatting to them, especially if you go on daily walks. This works no matter if you live in a rural, suburban, or urban setting.
- Go to your local businesses. Instead of shopping online for something, see if you can get it in a store nearby. Go to that new independent coffee shop instead of Starbucks. It’s great for your local economy and you’ll get to know your town better.
- Spend more time in the front yard. Set a little picnic table out there or even start a garden in the front yard. Spending more time there will invite other neighbors to strike up a conversation.
- Do small acts of kindness. On your daily walk, did you notice a new family moving in next door? Bring over a small gift basket and introduce yourself to your new neighbors to make them feel welcomed.