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May 30

Put the Neighbor in Neighborly

Posted on May 30, 2017 at 3:57 PM by Katie Stamy

Busy schedules make it easy for us to isolate ourselves from neighbors, however, fostering a relationship with them can be beneficial on various levels.

The truth is, life is easier when your neighbors are also your friends. Neighbors are good for more than just the cliché “cup of sugar” routine.  Once you know your neighbors, your house will seem more like a home and your neighborhood will become a community.

You will be informed of what is going on around the neighborhood, your social circle will broaden, and you will feel safer.

In case of an emergency, you will have immediate access to people who can help, and when you go on a vacation, you will have people looking after your home. 

But how can you get the friendship started? A wave and a smile is a good place to start, but that alone will not suffice. When you see a neighbor outside, take the time to stop by and ask how they are doing. Making the first move can be intimidating, and getting the conversation started can seem difficult, so find an opportunity when they are already outside to introduce yourself. 

The City of Webster’s residential population is growing at a rapid pace, so when new neighbors move in, bring them cookies and make them feel welcome.

In February, Webster City Council initiated a Welcome to Webster program where Council Members hand-deliver bags filled with Webster goodies to residents who have just moved into the City. Its purpose was to lead new residents to become involved in the community. The City encourages all of its residents to do the same, and make an effort to get to know the ones that live nearby. Have a block party, start a private group on Facebook with those in your neighborhood to keep in touch, and get involved. Put the neighbor in neighborly and initiate the friendship today!