They’re the friends who live steps from your door and always seem to save the day when you lose your keys. Good neighbors are something to be celebrated!
The roots of National Good Neighbor Day go all the way back to 1970 when Becky Mattson of Lakeside, Montana had the idea to dedicate a day to recognizing good neighbors. United States President Jimmy Carter issued a proclamation that made it an official National Day in 1978. Since then, a day in September has been dedicated to not only recognizing our good neighbors, but inspiring us all to be the best neighbors we can be.
Being a good neighbor each day is more crucial now more than ever with many staying home, especially for those in multifamily communities who live in closer proximity to their neighbors. With services and businesses on pause and altered school and work routines, we all likely know someone who could use a neighborly hand. In addition to wearing a mask around others, here are 10 ways to be a good neighbor right now.
Wait for Elevators
We all know how it feels to get to the elevator a moment too late. If you notice someone is coming, hold the door open. This brief moment of kindness just might make their day! Just be sure to wear a mask and stand at opposite ends of the elevator when sharing the cab with someone else.
Bake Them a Treat
Because nothing says “welcome to the neighborhood” or “I appreciate you” like a freshly baked batch of cookies. Practice all CDC food safety and preparation standards when baking for others to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and other illnesses.
Pick Up Their Groceries
Running to the grocery store anyway? Coordinating and picking up your neighbor’s order while you’re at it will save them a trip while reducing carbon emissions from their commute. Talk about a win-win.
Send a Friendly Message “Just Because”
Modern electronics give us the ability to send a message in just a few clicks. Send a digital message to your neighbor, or leave a hand-written note on their door that will brighten their day, because why not?
Be a Good Pet Owner
Pets can bring so much joy, but nobody likes to step in a mess. Clean up after your pets, be respectful of neighbors who have allergies, and ask before introducing your pet to someone else’s pet. With a little bit of awareness, you can avoid conflict and help to keep your community pleasant for others.
Return Things You Borrow
From pens to power tools, it can be all too easy to forget to return something you’ve borrowed from a neighbor. Let National Good Neighbor Day be your reminder to return anything you haven’t yet!
Have you found the best burger joint in town? Do you have a barber who gives you a perfect cut every time? Share these recommendations with your neighbors so you can support local businesses together!
Introduce Yourself to New Neighbors
It’s natural to be a little nervous about moving somewhere new and meeting new people. Let new neighbors know you’re a friend next door by introducing yourself the first chance you get. This is a great time to ask them if they have any pet allergies, or if they need any recommendations in the area.
Send Them a Birthday Card
Who doesn’t love to receive mail on their birthday? Learn your neighbor’s birthdays and mail or drop off a card to let them know you’re thinking of them on their special day.
Connect on Social Media
Social media lets us stay connected, even from a distance. Connect with neighbors, your apartment community, and Morguard on Facebook and Instagram to stay in the know on events and news in your community.