Neighbor Day is May 8, 2021.
Mayor Jenny A Durkan invites you to nominate someone for recognition as the greatest neighbor you know.
Recognize your Neighbor.
Nominate them for special recognition.
In 1995, a special day was created to celebrate kindness in the city of Seattle and surrounding areas.
On that day and others, we reach out and strengthen our bonds, recognizing goodness. It’s so important to remember the power of kindness and to focus on the generosity of our neighbors during this difficult time.
During the past year, the pandemic had us isolated in our homes and people needed support more than ever. Neighbors stepped up, lending a helping hand, supporting each other in whatever way was required.
All without being asked.
This year’s celebration of Neighbor Day is Saturday, May 8. We want to be sure to honor all of the people in our city and surrounding area that have gone a step above to amplify kindness in our community.
If you know a person, business, or organization that you’d like to suggest for recognition, please nominate them right away!
Learn more on the Front Porch Blog.
Mayor Durkan invites you all to celebrate Neighbor Day by indulging in random acts of kindness.
Neighbor Day is a special day set aside to reach out to neighbors, make new friends, and express thanks to those who help make your neighborhood a great place to live.
Residents, businesses, or community groups are all encouraged to participate however they like. The main goal is simply to reach out and connect with your neighbors through generosity.
The Day was suggested by Phinney Ridge activist Judith Wood in 1995. The idea was to have a special day to celebrate those around us. The mayor at the time, Hon, Norm Rice proclaimed it Neighbor Appreciation Day and the celebration has grown each year since then.
In 2020, Seattle celebrated neighbor day in a slightly different way, due to the arrival of the pandemic.
Random acts of kindness became a major part of the celebrations, with Seattle encouraging citizens to find ways to celebrate while staying close to home.
The celebration in 2021 will likely look much the same as last year, focusing on random acts of kindness, as well as other things we can do to celebrate our Neighbors without interacting in large groups.
Neighbor Day brings everyone in #SeattleTogether!
Here is a list of suggestions that you can use to inspire your acts of kindness for this year. Be creative and think outside of the box. Don’t forget to look around and discover the great examples of others.
Neighbor Day Ideas
- Secretly deliver flowers to your neighbor.
- Draw supportive loving messages or artwork on the sidewalks using chalk.
- Offer to shop for a neighbor in need.
- Start a neighborhood outdoor art gallery.
- Donate to a local charity.
- Host an impromptu performance for your neighbors from your balcony, window, porch, or lawn.
- Mow your neighbor's lawn or clean up their garden beds.
- Organize a neighborhood cleanup effort.
- Bake cookies and offer them to your neighbors.
- Create art signs with positive messages and post them in your neighborhood.
- Contribute to the food bank.
- Plant a fruit tree.
- Create bookmarks with positive messages and slip them into library books.
- At the drive-through, pay for the person’s coffee who is next in line.
- Buy take out from a local restaurant and tip the server.
- Call your local high school and find ways to support this year’s graduates.
- Write random thank you cards to your neighbors and deliver them anonymously.
- Create a simple art kit for your neighbor's children.
- Offer to share childcare duties with another family so you each get a break.
- Collect food donations for the local food bank.
- Ask your neighbor what you can do to help.
Let’s remember who we are in Seattle, and take care of each other.