Won’t you be my neighbor? Here are a few fun ways to build community in your neighborhood this fall.
The smell of fall is in the air and the pumpkin spice is back! As hard as it can be to say goodbye to summer, the fall is a perfect season to build relationships with your neighbors and look for ways to strengthen community.
Consider a neighborhood project day. Set aside some time with your family one weekend and look for a way to serve in your neighborhood. You could rake a neighbor’s leaves or do some weeding for them. Maybe collect litter from the common areas and organize a cleanup day. Or perhaps you know a neighbor who lives alone, is older or has young kids that could benefit from some help with a project.
Pumpkin season. It might be a little early, but pumpkins are out and ready! Consider buying a couple of extra pumpkins or even a fall mum for your neighbors. Tie a note to thank them for being a great neighbor to share a sweet thought of appreciation.
Time to go apple picking. There are so many great orchards and farms around our area to visit. Striblings Orchard, Cox Farms, or Ticonderoga to name just a few. Take your family for a fun outing and consider picking some extra apples for your neighbor or even invite them to join you for the corn maze.
Have a fire pit? Host a s’more block party in your backyard. No fire pit? What about hot chocolate in the driveway and a game of flashlight tag for the kids.
Whatever you do, try and get creative and invite some neighbors along! The extra effort to be thoughtful will go a long way to building relationships and intentional community where you live.