Won't You Be My Neighbor?

Neighboring Guide in Response to COVID-19

During this unprecedented time in our culture, being a good neighbor is more important than ever. But, with all of the social-distancing guidelines, it can feel complicated. We know you want to get this right and we want to help.


No matter where you are with relationships in your neighborhood, we’ve got you covered. Maybe you haven’t connected with your neighbors yet. No problem. We have some great ideas to help “Break the Ice.” Or maybe you already have relationships with your neighbors. If so, we have some great ideas to help you “Bring the Fun” and “Create Connection” right in your neighborhood.

Break the Ice

MAKE CONTACT

Reach out by email, text, or phone call. If you don’t have their contact information,
leave a note on their door sharing your contact information. Let them know you’re
available to help if they need anything.

See Sample Note

LEAVE A HELPFUL SURPRISE

Next time you order groceries, order a few extra items and drop them on a neighbor’s doorstep. Send a text or leave a note to let them know you’re thinking about them.

GET OUTSIDE

Go on a walk or hang out on your front porch. When you see people, make it a point to talk to them. These brief interactions can go a long way in building an initial relationship.

Bring the Fun

START A NEIGHBORHOOD-WIDE CHALLENGE

Whether it’s minutes of exercise, puzzles completed, books read, sidewalk art, or a TikTok challenge, a shared challenge can create lots of connection and fun. To elevate the competition, break into teams by streets/floors and celebrate winners with a ribbon or homemade sign.

HOST A VIRTUAL GAME NIGHT

Games are a great way to grow connections with neighbors, so invite them to join you playing online.

Check out these digital game resources!

HOST A SOCIALLY DISTANT PICNIC

Invite your neighbors to have a simultaneous meal or snack in your front yard, driveway, or front porch. Play some tunes and enjoy some safe distance time together.

Create Connection

SINGLE PARENTS

Current guidelines make it difficult for single parents to get what they need to take care of their families. The next time you head out to the store, reach out and see if there is anything you can pick up for them.

ELDERLY NEIGHBORS

Call, text, or visit in person (keeping a safe distance) and ask if they need anything (i.e., groceries, a prescription refill, or a good book to read). Sometimes what they need most is someone to talk to.


NEIGHBORS SHELTERING ALONE

Invite them to an online social or a socially distant hangout. The connection will remind them that they are not alone.

BE A GOOD NEIGHBOR

Here are some tips, next steps, and ideas on how to connect with your neighbors.

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