It's almost summer, the perfect time to
reconnect with neighbors and get to know them
better. In addition to
the usual neighborhood BBQ or potluck dinner, we
suggest that you bring your neighbors
together around a good cause. Serving others
neighbors creates a sense of community and can
make your block safer and more welcoming.
Below are some projects you might
Jenny Friedman, Executive Director
||Build a Neighborhood
Make a Difference...
Invite the families in your neighborhood to a
family service event that your own family
creates. Here are some ideas to get you started:
- Organize a fundraiser
- Have a neighborhood bake sale,
lemonade stand or garage sale and donate the
proceeds to charity.
- Organize a play, talent show or
circus. Charge admission and donate what you
- Host a party or potluck. Have a donation
box to collect money for an organization you
and your neighbors want to support.
- Organize a "kitchen
table" service project for families to do
are projects that can be done right in your
home or in a nearby community center.
- You might also coordinate a
clean-up, plant a neighborhood
garden, or organize a food drive -- or
other type of collection. The possibilities
fun, meaningful neighborhood service project
Photo: Doing Good Together
||Network with your Neighbors
Talk About It...
Talk with your family about why it is
important - and fun! -- to get to know the
folks in your neighborhood.
- How does getting to know your neighbors
make you feel?
- What good can come from building
relationships with members of our community?
- How can this make our neighborhood
- Why is doing a service project together a
good way to build community?
- What other ways can we bring people in
our neighborhood together?
Learn About It...
City Green by DyAnne DiSalvo-Ryan
Houghton Mifflin, 1997). Ages 4-8. This is an
upbeat story about a little girl who starts a
garden in an empty lot, and brings the
We Live Here Too!: Kids Talk About Good
Citizenship by Nancy Loewen (Mankato,
Minn.: Picture Window Books, 2005). Ages
9-12. Through the format of an advice column,
readers learn why it's important to care for
and contribute to their community.
Photo:City Green by DyAnne DiSalvo-Ryan
"When strangers start acting like neighbors,
communities are reinvigorated."
Ralph Nader, activist
||News From DGT
It's not easy to raise a child to be
and generous when our culture is constantly
bombarding them with messages of entitlement and
materialism. Jenny Friedman, DGT's executive
director, offers a workshop that provides the
and practical, hands-on tools parents need to
that spirit of giving in their children.
Learn more by
website or contacting Jenny by email
phone (612.822.6502). We also offer workshops
and presentations for volunteer