By Esmeralda Casas, Neighborhood and Community Relations Coordinator
Looking for a chance to meet those who recently moved into your neighborhood?
Monday is National Good Neighbor Day, and it’s an ideal opportunity to welcome the newcomers — the first step in being a good neighbor. As an icebreaker, you can even present them with a free City of College Station welcome bag.
To promote community and connectedness during these socially distant times, you may also consider hosting a neighborhood cleanup day or a simple neighborhood walk. Neighborhood Services can help registered neighborhoods with activity ideas and safety guidelines.
You don’t have to leave home to practice good neighboring. Join your NextDoor or Facebook neighborhood group, organize a Zoom gathering, or take time to teach your children about being a good neighbor. The city has free, downloadable coloring sheets to help you start the conversation:
- All In This Together
- Hello There Neighbor
- Howdy Neighbor
- Keep Your Neighborhood Clean
- Neighborhood Mural
- Virtual Hello
- Won’t You Be My Neighbor
- Woof Woof
If you belong to a neighborhood or homeowners association, volunteer to serve on the board or a subcommittee to improve your neighborhood while meeting neighbors and making friends. If your neighborhood doesn’t have an association, our manual can help you start one. You can also apply for the city’s Neighborhood Partnership Program and subscribe to our Neighborhood Newsletter at cstx.gov/Neighbor.
After all, the best way to have a great neighborhood is to be a good neighbor.
About the Blogger
Esmeralda Casas is in her second year as the city’s neighborhood and community relations coordinator. She previously served as an education and outreach specialist with the Sexual Assualt Resource Center and as the communications coordinator for The Salvation Army of Bryan/College Station. A Rio Grande Valley native, Esmeralda earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Texas A&M in 2016.
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