Moving into a New Neighborhood

Nicole Higginbotham-Hogue

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If you have recently moved to a new neighborhood, you may be what you can do to become more involved with the neighborhood. So, what can you do to get to know others? What can you do to make an impact with those around you? Though the answers to these questions can be different for everyone, here are a few suggestions.

1. Make goodies for your neighbors.

Make a pie or treat baskets and go around to your neighbors and give them out. This can be a great way to introduce yourself and possibly get to know those that live around you. You might also spark a conversation that leads into a new friendship.

2. Help your neighbors out.

If you have an older couple in your neighborhood that needs help shoveling snow or a family next door that is working on building a patio or putting up a play set, you might offer a hand. This can be a great way to establish yourself in the new neighborhood while creating a sense of comradery.

3. Hold a welcome party.

Instead of waiting for your neighbors to host a welcome party for you, plan your own party. You can invite your neighbors to come by for a grill out and good conversation. This can help you get to know those around you while leaving a positive impact on your neighborhood.

4. Volunteer for local charities.

You could always get your hands dirty by volunteering for the local charities in need. This can help introduce you to the neighborhood while making an impact on your community as a whole. This might also be a good way to learn about the needs in your community and what is being done to address them.

5. Volunteer for the parent council.

If you have children in the local school district, then you might think about volunteering for the local council. Not only might you be able to meet new people, but it might give you a chance to positively impact your local school district.

6. Volunteer for classroom activities.

You might also think about volunteering for classroom activities if you have students in the local school district. This might give you a chance to accompany your children on field trips while getting to know other parents in the area.

There are several ways to get to know others in your neighborhood. So, choose a way that feels comfortable to you, and go out there and meet your neighbors. You might just end up with a couple new friends.

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