Take the initiative to invite your neighbors to a gathering in your neighborhood.
(The third Sunday in September each year)
Why host a gathering?
Meet new neighbors
Get to know your neighbors better
Improve the quality of life in your neighborhood
Your neighbors will thank you
The good feeling will last all year
What defines “neighborhood”?
However you choose to define it!
Your street or block or surrounding blocks
Your apartment or condominium
Floor of your apartment building
Area surrounding your nearby school or place of worship
Houses along your stretch of road
Your local park
Your local business district
Planning an NND gathering is easy and fun and we'll show you how! Click the following links to get started:
Mayors and Local Government
Why promote NND in your city or town?
“Communities work better (students perform better, crime rates are lower, kids are safer, people live longer) when neighbors know one another better. Knowing your neighbor on a first-name basis, as National Neighborhood Day suggests, is a surprisingly effective first step toward a better America.” Robert Putnam, Harvard University Professor and author of Bowling Alone and Better Together
Increased social capital: commonly defined as the value of all social networks (who people know) and the inclinations that arise from these networks to do things for each other.
Neighbors will come to know each other better, which produces increases in:
Communication, consensus-building, and problem solving among neighbors
Neighbor-led local improvements and collaborations
Citizen involvement and community service
Neighbor involvement in community organizations and associations
Opportunity for you to:
Highlight community programs and services that are in place or in planning stages
Highlight existing resources and programs during events
Help community and social service agencies get out their message
Increase local pride and build trust across the entire community
Get to know your constituents in a friendly, low-key atmosphere
Why partner with National Neighborhood Day?
Strengthen and promote your mission
Meet your strategic goals
Use NND as a communication and distribution channel for your programs and services
Use NND to recruit supporters, volunteers, board members, staff for your organization
Gain visibility and recognition for you among your community
Enhance your image as a leader in building social capital and increasing civic participation
National Neighborhood Day provides a built-in community outreach and community building opportunity for local and national nonprofit organizations. Ranging from Boys and Girls Clubs to Hands On Network to the Red Cross, we seek to establish collaborations that promote and strengthen our mission and our partners’ missions. We strive to develop programs that will highlight our partners' activities and will engage more people in using and supporting those activities.
Faith Based Organizations
National Neighborhood Day is a perfect program for your faith community!
Faith groups are always looking for a simple and powerful way to build up their own community and reach out to others. National Neighborhood Day is a fun, easy, family-friendly celebration that religious organizations can host in their own buildings and encourage their members to host in their own neighborhoods. NND is flexible enough for it to be tailored by and for each community. Some organizations might host a potluck dinner or ice cream social for their neighborhoods, others may invite the neighbors around the church building to join together in a community service project, such as planting trees or cleaning up the neighborhood, and still others may host a simple meet and greet event. NND was established as an annual day to recognize, reinforce, and celebrate the relationships that are the fabric of our communities.
In addition, NND:
- builds connections in your community
- increases feelings of safety
- is an opportunity for you to get to know your wider network of neighbors
- can help your organization gain visibility and recognition in your communitys