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I launched a successful Neighbor Day - yay!

Lisa Robbins

More than 50 of my neighbors came together for a first-time Neighbor Day event. As a board member of our new neighborhood association, my goal was to bring together our neighbors for a fun and meaningful morning to meet each other. Everyone brought breakfast food for a morning potluck. A local church hosted us in their courtyard and provided coffee. We had games and hula hoops for the kids. We also did a community service project and asked people to donate items to a neighborhood non-profit.

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  • Lisa Robbins

    Hey awesome people! Thanks so much for the kudos. Meredith, that's fun you used to live in PCP! Everyone is really friendly. Eagle888, congrats on building and sustaining your community. I feel even more inspired to know others are out there "doing good." :)

  • mereditht

    Congrats from a former Palma Ceia (PCNA) girl! I know how hard it can be to motivate people to show up. Great to see that your neighbors care about each other and their community. Keep up the good work!

  • eagle888

    This is brilliant news. We have a similar thing going here in Due to previous high crime, we pulled together and now we have peace. We use whatsapp groups per street and watch each others backs... Neighbourhood ROCKS :-)

  • Alessandra Rizzotti

    I'm so happy for you Lisa! How cool. I'd love a how-to on how you got so many people there! I did a big event last year, but kept it small this year. I felt really good about it. Wrote some postcards to my neighbors who seem to be away on vacation- but I'm interested to see if they introduce themselves to me!

    • Lisa Robbins

      Not sure I can really say how we got them all there. But it started with a committee of 6 people who had attended a recent neighborhood association board meeting. It was helpful to have this new entity behind the initiative. The people who attended our one and only meeting all were invested quickly and very willing to help and spread the news, invite others, put out signs and flyers, etc.. We used a combination of emails, Facebook, our blog, and most importantly, thanks to a grant from the city, we were able to produce 500 flyers and 20 yard signs that we distributed throughout the neighborhood. I wrote a personal "Hello neighbor" on each of the flyers I put under doormats on my block (although none of those people came :( ) I wish I could post a photo of the signs - they are very eye-catching and sunny.

      • Alessandra Rizzotti

        Really cool to see the city and your neighborhood association get behind this. I bet your flyers were rad and made an impact, even if your block didn't attend. I'm sure they will next year!