Do Something Good for Your Neighbor Day (May 16)

More important now than ever before!


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Shannon Toliver (Nextdoor)

Connecting with your neighbors is important in good times and essential in times of need. To celebrate National “Do Something Good for Your Neighbor” Day on May 16 and beyond, as the situation with the coronavirus unfolds, here are 7 simple ways that neighbors, modified from an article in the Nextdoor app, that you can ensure everyone has a neighborhood they can rely on during this uncertain time.

1. Volunteer to help neighbors in need. 

Daily activities may be risky for more vulnerable neighbors. Pitch in for neighbors who need it. by dropping off groceries or checking in on the elderly and at risk neighbors in your community.

2. Create or join a group to stay connected. 

During periods of social distancing, it can be easy to feel isolated and alone. Create a group on social media that includes not just your friends but those in your community that might share your interests. Stay connected with neighbors, communicate about topics you care about, and organize ways to help each other. Stay connected during school closures, discuss shows you are currently binge-watching, or share conversations about hobbies to keep you busy.

3. Support local businesses. 

We know that local businesses are the cornerstone of thriving neighborhoods. But as we do our part to slow the spread of the coronavirus, local businesses are closing their doors and struggling to stay afloat. It is more important than ever to show your love for local and continue to support businesses during these challenging times. Consider buying gift certificates to enjoy later, ordering food for takeout or no-contact delivery, placing online orders through the store’s website, and tipping workers more than usual.

4. Share extra resources.

As more people prepare to stay at home, some convenience stores are quickly going through basic supplies. If you have extra paper products, hand sanitizer, or other necessities, share the bounty with your neighbors! Just be sure that you follow social distancing guidelines while dropping off any deliveries.

5. Give to local organizations.

Community organizations and nonprofits need your help to continue serving people in need. Donations are down at Food Banks just as workers have lost their cash flow and millions of children who rely on school meals have lost access to a daily meal. Additionally, there is currently a critical need for blood donations as blood drives continue to be canceled. Encourage your neighbors to give back, and ask your parents where you can help, either monetarily or with physical donations, so local organizations can continue to serve your community.

6. Donate your talents and time.

Many families are struggling to keep up with their daily routines with school closures and work-from-home orders. If you are healthy and able, consider offering to help out with child care for parents that are unable to stay home from work, or offer to walk a neighbor’s dog if they are homebound. Students may also benefit from a virtual tutoring session if you specialize in a particular subject area.

7. Share a random act of kindness. 

At times like this, we could all use a bit of neighborly kindness to lift our spirits. Help keep your neighbors smiling with simple gestures like posting a heart in the window, buying a meal for a stranger, and even sharing pictures of your adorable pets. When 6-year-old Miles from Mogadore, OH had to cancel his mad scientist themed birthday party, his parents posted on Nextdoor to see if any neighbors would be willing to drive by and honk their horn to wish Miles a happy birthday while keeping a healthy social distance. To their surprise, more than 40 neighbors stopped by to drop off balloons, candy, decorations, and presents resulting in a parade that Miles claimed was “way better than a birthday party!” Miles’s mom shares that her family felt so loved and grateful to be surrounded by wonderful neighbors, and hopes that one day they can pay it forward to another family.

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