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Plan a block party with this FREE resource

Kevin Van Lierop

Your Neighborhood
April 26, 2014

In celebration of I wanted to do everything I could to help encourage the art of neighboring.

This weekend I'm offering Block Party in a Box as a FREE Download to anyone who wants to use it to plan a block party.Download the kit, get together with your neighbors and put on the best darn block party you can. The process is simple with Block Party in a Box!

Happy Neighboring,

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  • Rachel Huang

    I'm new to GOOD. Just found about NeighborDay and loved this idea! But seems like today is April 26th...Is the purpose to have everyone celebrating this on the same day in different places? So now I missed it, should I wait till next year? I run into so much interesting thing here so still slowly picking up. Thx if anyone could tell me about the "NeighborDay tradition" ;)

    • Rachel Huang

      Alessandra and Kevin: Thank you both for the explanation! The Neighborday caught my attention as an interesting concept. Now I'm more aware of it - GOOD established a world-wide official day, but we should continually be nice, welcoming and grateful to our neighbours! Now I'm gonna study how the Block Party Box works :)

    • Alessandra Rizzotti

      Rachel, I agree with Kevin. Neighborday can be any day. And you totally can wait till next year for our official celebration - OR you can start making it more of a practice when you feel like it. Yesterday, I wrote postcards to my neighbors, letting them know that they could borrow a book, tripod, or step stool I have:

      I also made a wearable sign. No one seemed to ask me about it but maybe I should have made it bigger?

      The best part of the day was visiting an art walk in the neighboring neighborhood of my neighborhood.

    • Kevin Van Lierop

      For me, NeighborDay is simply a way to recognize the importance of being a good neighbor in addition to encouraging those who many need encouragement to get out and do something neighborly.

      With that said, there isn't anything saying you can't (you actually should) do something neighborly on a regular basis.

      Whether that's smiling to your neighbor, lending tools to those who may need them, introducing yourself to someone new or planning a larger scale event, like a block party; these things should and NEED to happen all year round.

      Just like Mother's Day is a day to celebrate the mothers, guardians and women in our lives, we should be celebrating them year round. It's no different when it comes to our neighbors and neighborhoods.

      As for the NeighborDay tradition, I'll leave that to Alessandra.

  • Alessandra Rizzotti

    What I love about this is that you're being a global neighbor by offering this free download, Kevin.

    • Kevin Van Lierop

      I saw this. Thank You! Looking forward to connecting more to your org and what you do in the future.

    • Alessandra Rizzotti

      Thank you Community Matters! We love your ideas too! I did a Neighborhood storytelling show last year and this year, I'm doing a park gathering then going to a local carnival!