We all share an inherent desire to be part of something. An organization, a church, a passion project. Participating in something bigger than ourselves can be powerful and gratifying.
Yet we often speed through our days without uttering a pleasantry to our neighbors and in some cases, communicate only when we must. But connecting with our community leads to a positive environment where we can all thrive.
This summer get to know your neighbors and support local efforts to make the world a better place. Check out these easy ways to connect.
Host a Neighborhood Potluck.It doesn’t take an event center to plan—all you need is a driveway or the end of a cul-de-sac. Pick a date and circulate a sign-up sheet. It’s a positive way to get acquainted with those around you, learn about local issues and discover new things about your community. And the next time you head out of town, you’ll have some neighbors happy to keep an eye on your home.
Visit a Farmer’s Market. Support local agriculture and also see what’s growing in your area. Market vendors are passionate about their crops and eager to share recipes and tips for hearty tomato plants and cucumber vines. You just may leave inspired to cultivate your own garden—and share your abundance with others.
Walk Your Dog. Keep your head up and your smile bright. Say hello to neighbors you already know and meet some new ones—you’ll be repaid with a friendlier neighborhood.
Run a 5K. This time of year all sorts of organizations are hosting 5K and 10K events. The weather is beautiful and exercise is important—why not sign up? Bring along the kids or a friend and show your support for local causes.
Build a Neighborhood Library. A few years ago I was visiting a friend in Seattle and noticed what I thought was a birdhouse. I looked closer and discovered books behind the plexiglass door there for the borrowing. What a great way, I thought, to share your favorite reads and encourage a sense of community.
Set up a Lemonade Stand. Invite your kids to meet and greet neighbors by offering fresh squeezed lemonade (or orange juice!). Donate the profits to a local charity and teach others that sharing truly is caring.
We'd love to hear from you! How do you connect with your community?