The Know Your Neighbor Project
The Know Your Neighbor Project aims to bring neighbors together, establish friendships, and strengthen the community as a whole. It is a simple idea open to anyone who wishes to participate, and can be adapted to fit any needs. The goal is to recognize those individuals we see every day and establish a connection to create a more caring, welcoming environment. This can be as involved as organizing a BBQ or as simple as inviting someone over for coffee.
If you need help organizing or do not know where to begin, we can help!
WHY IT MATTERS:
The neighborhood is the solid foundation of the community. Creating a caring, more united neighborly connection strengthens our local communities and society as a whole. It encourages civic action and participation in local activities. The neighborhood network helps us all to overcome the everyday obstacles and challenges we face.
This is just a sample guideline to help you get started on your event, be it big or small.
- Submit an Event Form. Please use the following link for “Event Form” (https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1EZDLYyrQvz2wcMp7gkVAa6agn48vb3-aWDRwYULItFU/viewform?usp=send_form)
- Invite your guests 2-3 weeks prior to the event (Sample Invitation Document) Please link the attached Invitation Template
- Prepare for your event!
- Introductions (if your event is large enough, name tags can be helpful)
- Explain the purpose of the event.
- Serve food/beverages
- Have fun!
Don’t forget to…
- Exchange business cards or contact information.
- Discuss a follow-up event with your guests. The goal here is to continue the friendship, and possibly even include more individuals.
- Take pictures.
- Share Your Story with us after the event! Please use the following link for “Share your Story”(https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1ToNEUvOoFXZY3acM5Mtih-lFOt6Uyn21HlWY0R9IWVU/viewform?usp=send_form)
- Create a space of equality: all members are respected regardless of profession, faith, culture, etc.
- Create a space for inclusivity: Encourage all voices to share and participate, but respect people’s space and a person’s decision to not participate.
- Avoid generalizations. Do not substitute labels for complicated realities, avoid arguments, and do not cut-down any group.
- Respect differences within one’s tradition and the tradition of others.
- Listen, listen, and when there’s nothing left to do, listen. Be curious, its natural, ask respectively.
- Include your family. Introduce your children, spouse, etc.
WHAT CAN I EXPECT?
Expectations as Hosts
- Welcome guests with openness and respect.
- Make sure to address all of the dietary needs of your guests.
- Announce a schedule for the evening.
- Prepare conversation starters ahead of time.
- Expect yourself to be asked questions, but don’t feel pressured to be an expert.
Expectations as Guests
- Bring an open mind (and of course it wouldn’t hurt to bring a gift)
- Communicate any dietary restrictions/preferences
- Communicate to your host if you are bringing others only after you ask permission from the host.