In a recent post, Getting to Know Your Neighbors, I promised you a follow-up post on how to get know your neighbors. Today I am keeping that promise. Below you will find 7 ways to introduce yourself to your neighbors.
Whether you’ve lived in your neighborhood a few weeks or several years, there just might be people living near you that could add great value to your life. As empty-nesters, this is a prime time in our lives to expand our social circles and get involved with our community. Here are seven suggestions on how to get to know your neighbors.
- Find a book that has been published about your town and give it as a gift to a new neighbor. Here in Fairhope, we have a great history book that makes a great gift to locals and visitors. The Spirit of Fairhope can be purchased at Page and Palette, our local bookstore.
- The old fashioned, “take a cake” still works and will warm the hearts and tummies of your new friends. Homemade is always the best, but not always practical. The thought will still be appreciated if you pick something up from your local baker.
- If you live in a big neighborhood and have trouble keeping up with who is new, contact a local realtor and ask for a list of recent sales. There are lots of real estate websites that offer this information as well. Consider reaching out to someone once a month. At the end of the year, you’ll have 12 new friends.
- Property Owners Associations are a great contact for new residents. Contact any of the officers and ask for the social chair. You may find lots of different groups you may like to join, like book clubs, bridge clubs, bunko groups, garden clubs or wine tasting events.
- Host a coffee in your home for the people who live on your street.
- If you are looking for an exercise buddy, check with a local gym, athletic sales shop or a neighborhood newsletter for people who don’t like to workout alone.
- Volunteer. I’ve discovered lots of local charities that I had no idea existed through contact with my neighbors. In Baldwin County alone, there are over 200 non-profits working to better the lives within our community. There is nothing more rewarding than spending a few hours helping someone in need and the rewards are doubled when you volunteer with a friend.
S.E.L.F. Volunteers working together at Prodisee Pantry
As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, we live in an electronically social society and it is so easy to just reach out by email or on Facebook, but not near as rewarding at the end of the day. Go ahead. Introduce yourself to a neighbor. You’ll be so glad you did.