Building a Community in Your Neighborhood

Do It Green! Minnesota

Building and maintaining a community in your neighborhood works only if the efforts are people-powered. Check out the ideas below or be creative and determine what works in your area.

  • Drink your morning coffee on the front porch.
  • Go for a walk; greet people you pass
  • Buy local products
  • Get to know your mail carrier
  • Host a neighborhood potluck
  • Build a garden in the front yard
  • Pick up litter
  • Shovel a neighbor’s sidewalk
  • Support neighborhood schools and organizations
  • Start a neighborhood newsletter
  • Buy from lemonade stands
  • Visit the local library
  • Take action to fix neighborhood infrastructure
  • Form a neighborhood exercise club
  • Plant a tree
  • Clean up after your animals
  • Start a neighborhood barter system
  • Join a carpool
  • Create a neighborhood vegetable garden
  • Start a housewarming team to greet new neighbors
Read Up

Livable Neighborhoods: A Program to Make Life Better on the Street Where You Live, by David Gershon, Empowerment Institute, 2008.

Building a Community

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