Summer is just around the corner and for many people, it’s moving season! Usually with moving comes new neighbors, but rarely do we get to know our neighbors anymore. Just a couple decades ago it seemed like most people at least knew their next-door neighbors, if not half the people on the street. But it’s not that way anymore, which is a shame. There’s strength in community! So if you’re new to the neighborhood this year, or if you just want to get to know the people on your street, here are a few ways to get the ball rolling.
Join (or Start) a Neighborhood Group Online
Nextdoor is a popular website and mobile app that allows you to connect with people in your neighborhood. There are also Facebook groups and other sites like it. These allow you to share information such as, “missing dog” or “free stuff” and so on. It’s still online, but it’s a start.
Tried and true. Bake some summer treats and deliver them to the people on your street (at least the homes that are next door, across from, and kiddie corner to you). Make something basic – chocolate chip cookies, brownies (the box mixes are fine), caramel popcorn, or marshmallow crisp treats. Avoid common allergens like nuts, but besides that don’t worry about whether your neighbors are gluten-free or keto or anything like that. Unless you already know, just make some cookies and bring them over on a plate you don’t expect to get back. If you want, attach a little tag with your name and number on it.
Host a Neighborhood Gathering
This may seem intimidating, but it doesn’t have to be a massive block party like the ones we see in movies. Do you have a snow cone machine? Want to rent one? How about cotton candy machine? Pick a Saturday afternoon or evening on a warm, non-holiday weekend. Make up some invitations and hand deliver them. Who wants to say no to free snow cones? Other ideas include potlucks, 4th of July kid-friendly fireworks, and so on. If you don’t want to go at it alone, you can always go door to door and ask if anyone would be interested in helping!
Sit Out Front
Back in the day, everyone used to hang out on their front porch, but now we crave the privacy of our own backyards. There’s nothing wrong with the latter, but it’s not very conducive to meeting neighbors. If you have a front yard or front porch, then try to spend more time in it than out back. It’s a great excuse to wave to your neighbors and strike up conversations!
Participate in Community Events
Even if it’s not your neighbors directly, attending community events is a great way to be a part of your community at large and feel part of something bigger than yourself. It’s a great way to meet people and see what other opportunities are available in your town to get involved with.