Do You Know Your Neighbors?

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April 23, 2013

I live in a small town. It’s sandwiched between large cities in either direction, where most people commute to work. It’s hard to spend time together. Everyone has busy schedules with their own work, family and community involvement. We share a wave from the driveway. Or help out with mail, trash or shoveling snow. But do we really know each other?

In the age of social media, we might feel closer to that blogger 2,000 miles away who we’ve never actually met, than the widow next door, or the new mom across the street.

Our friends at GOOD are trying to change all that, posing a wonderful question: What might we be missing? Collaborators, friends, emergency contacts, sugar? This Saturday on April 27, GOOD invites you to celebrate Neighborday.

It could be a simple “introduce yourself” project, maybe delivering an Easter cookie gift basket to a few nearby homes, or a full-fledged block party, or even a neighborhood clean-up! At the Million Moms Challenge, we believe connectedness to the world starts with connectedness in our own communities, and moms are often the heartbeat at the center of that.

“What I love about Neighborday is that it’s a great opportunity to show our kids (and ourselves) how easy and fun it is to be inclusive,” says GOOD Chief Operating Officer Laura Goldberg. “Everyday my daughters are faced with choices to include or exclude those with whom they aren’t close friends. On Neighborday I will lead by example by including others and forging closer relationships with neighbors.”

“Moms in my neighborhood have proved to be incredible resources on everything from navigating our local public schools to making the community safer,” says GOOD Education Curator Liz Dwyer. “This Neighborday is an opportunity for us to reconnect with each other in a fun way and figure out how we can better support each other and our neighborhood.”

Take Action Challenge

Go to GOOD.is/neighboring where you’ll find a place to sign up, share ideas and grab tools and inspiration to create your very own Neighborday on your street.  Sign up here and our friends at GOOD will share lots of neighborly goodness that will make it a snap to get to know your community a little better.

As we reach out locally, we have the chance to find friends and allies in our journey to reach out globally, where we form one giant neighborhood.

GOOD is an online gathering place for pragmatic idealists to creatively and collaboratively engage with each other, our communities, and our world. You can find them on Facebook and Twitter.

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