People from a diverse range of backgrounds may live in your neighborhood. Unique differences could open you to new, rewarding worlds. Celebrating the uniqueness of each person in your community can help you to create more of a sense of community in your neighborhood. Creating community can start with the following steps:
Steps to creating a community:
- Introduce yourself to new neighbors. Welcome them to the neighborhood. Invite them over to get to know them.
- Start a neighborhood Facebook page. This is where you can share referrals to repairmen, find out what your neighbors are concerned about and come up with solutions to problems as a group.
- Start a book club. Find out which of your neighbors love to read and socialize.
- Organize a group to participate in a charity event once a quarter – Signup to receive volunteer event alerts through a local or national charity database. Select a charity event for neighbors to participate in once a quarter or so.
- Hold a neighborhood block party – A summer cookout, school year kickoff barbecue or autumn harvest are great neighborhood block party events. Get necessary permits, create and put up signs and decorations. You could even put up positive motivations and slogans. Be sure to play everyone’s favorite music while you relax and have fun.
- Look out for each other – Let your neighbors know if you see a strange vehicle or person in the area. Help neighbors if you see them struggling with grocery bags, walking on an icy sidewalk or climbing down outdoor steps. Report criminal offenses like child abuse and domestic violence.
- Speak to neighbors – Speak to your neighbors when you see them. A smile and a simple hello go a long way.
- Create a neighborhood watch program. Your local police department can help you get organized.
- Plant neighborhood trees – Plant one to two neighborhood trees to strengthen the environment.
- Carpool to work – Join a neighborhood car or van pool and chip in and help pay for gas, saves gas and builds comradery.
- Buy from merchants who support your neighborhood – Shop with business owners who live in your neighborhood or who help to sustain your neighborhood.
- Encourage your kids to play together – Playing with neighborhood kids can put good friends within reach for your children.
- Support youth sports, science and creative arts teams – Attend neighboring children’s school, arts and sports events.
- Sit on the front porch and play cards or board games or chat and relax – Enjoy relaxing and chatting on the porch with neighbors. This old pastime is long due for a comeback.
- Create a neighborhood garden – Designated green space could become a community garden. Check with city officials to ensure that the space can be used for communal gardening purposes. Ask people to volunteer to plant vegetables and fruit, to care for the garden and to take in a harvest that is shared among every neighbor, either by giving out the food or by cooking the food during a neighborhood social event.
You and your neighbors can add wonderful memories, excitement and a powerful sense of community to each other’s lives. Live three or more years in a neighborhood and you may start to feel as if the people who live near you are like relatives. Who knows? You might develop the type of friendships with your neighbors that last forever, keeping in touch even as people move into other homes and communities.