Fun Ideas

Listed below are just a few fun ideas on how to be a good neighbor. These are all great ideas for the right person, but you won’t be the right person for everything on this list.  Find your strength and resource and work with that.  Be creative and have fun!  When possible, work with existing organizations and your local church.  Be accountable and talk to your local Pastor/Leader as to whether the idea will work in your community.

 Lots of great ways to be a good neighbor

NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH

  • Grab some local girls and get a collection of your favorite recipes together. Make a book of them and sell them, donating the proceeds to a local charity
  • Notice those in your area who are doing work outside. Take a tray of cool drinks out to them if it’s warm or hot chocolate if it’s cold
  • Make coffee or tea for the people in your office once a week
  • Decide to say one encouraging thing to someone you have a conversation w/every day
  • Have a joint garage sale with your neighbors and donate portions of proceeds to a community cause
  • Have an open BBQ in the park and invite all of your neighbors
  • Start a walking group -grab your friends and start to exercise together- not only is it safer but the time spent together will strengthen your friendships
  • Take a friend out for coffee, ask how they are and take the time to listen
  • Invite a family over for dinner this week. It will be a great treat for the meal-maker of the family
  • Take some time once a month and volunteer with a local food drive in your city. Whether it be donating food or actually serving, get involved
  • Grab some friends and get permission from your local council to clean up a local public area in your community that’s been neglected
  • Donate blood or organize a blood drive at your church, workplace, community center, or university
  • Pay the bill for someone behind you whenever the opportunity presents itself
  • Take your neighbor’s trash cans in for them
  • Smile! A smile can change someone’s day

BABY BUBBLE

  • Visit a new mom. Check before you go that the timing is right in the day and then make sure you take something w/you – pick up milk & diapers on the way and bring your own cookies for the coffee/tea
  • Send a box of fruit/vegetables to the house for the family
  • Offer to watch any older siblings for a few hours, or do the laundry or dishes for the new mom
  • Give a gift card to a local restaurant that does home delivery
  • Invite a new mom out when you are going out with other moms; community can make all the difference when you have just had a baby. Offer to come a few minutes early to help her get everything ready to go out, letting her know that the first day out for most moms is a bit daunting without help!

CONNECTIONS THAT COUNT

  • Gather some people in your neighborhood & start or join a specific interest group such as: running, cycling, boot camp exercises, coffee, the local area parks, cooking, soccer, football, cricket, books, Pilates

JUST BE A FRIEND

  • Pick a friend & send them unexpected flowers, or leave a note or card telling them what you appreciate about them
  • Take a friend out for coffee, ask how they are and take the time to really listen
  • Give a gift. Just because

RANDOM ACTS OF KINDNESS

  • Pay the bill for someone when the opportunity presents itself
  • Smile! A smile can change someone’s day
  • Take advantage of 2 for 1 deals at the grocery store with the plan of giving one item away to someone who is experiencing a challenging season financially
  • Put a reminder on your phone to “Find the Gold in one person” each day and then do it!

COMMUNITY

  • Take time to actually listen and pray with someone in need in your community
  • Take a group from a shelter out to dinner with a group of friends
  • Provide vitamin supplements to local homeless shelter. Homeless people often have high vitamin deficiencies
  • Create a basic needs gift pack to give out to the homeless people in your community. Include items such as toothbrushes, toothpaste, soap, antibacterial hand sanitizer, socks, and snacks

VINTAGE YEARS

  • Have coffee with an elderly neighbor one afternoon and go ahead and ask them for advice
  • Ask them to share favorite memories or stories
  • Make weekly meals for an elderly person in your church or community
  • Take your pet into a retirement home (again seek permission!)
  • Offer your skills at a local nursing home: if you can sing, play or even read books to entertain and keep company those staying there
  • Find an elderly person in your community and make friends: provide transportation, invite them for holidays, celebrate their birthday, ask them for advice and recipes, go through photos and ask for the stories behind them

THINK PINK

  • Do something practical to help a friend w/breast cancer
  • Help with housework, laundry or picking up groceries
  • Send an encouraging note, email or text once a week

FOR THE TEENS

  • Hang out with someone in your world who doesn’t have many friends
  • Be kind to the girl in school that has been the victim of bullying. Sit with her one lunch time
  • Tweet, text or email one compliment to a different person every day
  • Create a hashtag for something that matters to you and spread the word through your social networks. See how many people you can get to join

FOR THE KIDS

  • Donate books to local school library
  • Make lunches for a local school where kids go to school hungry (check w/ school first)
  • Volunteer to help with after school tutoring in a local school
  • Donate resources or finance to a local charity that works with children
  • Make lunches for a local school where kids go to school hungry (check w/ school first)

AT WORK

  • Make coffee or tea for the people in your office once a week
  • Write your boss or coworker a thank you note and tell them all the qualities you appreciate about them

AT SCHOOL

  • Send flowers to your child’s teacher(s) and say thank you for the work they do
  • Volunteer a couple hours a week in your child’s classroom
  • Ask the teacher what extra supplies are needed and purchase them for the classs
  • Volunteer your time to help your local school reading program for children with learning difficulties
  • Donate school supplies to an elementary school near you. Have the school give them out to a child who needs them
  • Send flowers to your child’s teacher(s) and say thank you for the work they do
  • Ask the teacher what extra supplies are needed and purchase them for the class

FOR THE KIDDOS

  • Teach your child about how to not participate in teasing/bullying and how to stand up for those that are being teased/bullied
  • Every time your child gets a new toy or book, encourage them to pick another toy that they already have that can be given away

JUST BECAUSE

  • Tweet, text, or email one compliment to a different person every day
  • Find a younger girl that you can mentor or look out for and be intentional about encouraging them
  • Host an outdoor movie night and invite your friends and families from your neighborhood

 

Who is our neighbor? “There was once a man traveling from Jerusalem to Jericho. On the way he was attacked by robbers. They took his clothes, beat him up, and went off leaving him half-dead. Luckily, a priest was on his way down the same road, but when he saw him he angled across to the other side. Then a Levite religious man showed up; he also avoided the injured man. A Samaritan traveling the road came on him. When he saw the man’s condition, his heart went out to him. He gave him first aid, disinfecting and bandaging his wounds. Then he lifted him onto his donkey, led him to an inn, and made him comfortable. In the morning he took out two silver coins and gave them to the innkeeper, saying, ‘Take good care of him. If it costs any more, put it on my bill—I’ll pay you on my way back.’“What do you think? Which of the three became a neighbor to the man attacked by robbers?” The one who treated him kindly,” the religion scholar responded. Jesus said, “Go and do the same.”  Luke 10:30-37