Step-by-Step Planning Guide
Minimum of 2 weeks before National Neighborhood Day, download our invitation and/or flyer templates, customize for your gathering, make copies, and distribute to your neighbors
See Ideas for Your Gathering for fun things to do at your gathering
See Tools & Templates and feel free to adapt them for your use!
Invite the fire department, police, mayor, nonprofits, etc.
Obtain the necessary permits and permissions if you are planning to block off streets or rent dumpsters or use a public facility or park, etc.
Gather/borrow/buy supplies: tables, chairs, games, food, drinks, cups, plates, napkins, utensils, grill, trash bags, etc. Many local businesses will gladly donate goods and services--Ask!
Ask neighbors to help organize and provide supplies
Have name tags for people to fill out
Print copies of the neighborhood list template and have people sign up at your gathering
Key Success Factors
Compile a neighborhood list at the gathering (see Tools & Templates)
The list contains name, address, and contact information and is an easy reference throughout the year
Add anything else to your list, such as interests, careers, kids’ names, opinions on neighborhood priorities, etc.
Get a volunteer to take responsibility for keeping the neighborhood contact list up to date and emailing updated list to neighbors
This simple tool inspires and facilitates ongoing connections beyond Neighborhood Day itself
The more people who have a role in the organizing and contributing to the gathering, the more people will feel empowered and inspired to be actively involved throughout the year
Define neighborhood however you want, remember to keep the size manageable so everyone will be able to meet each other
Hold any gathering or combination of gatherings that you want – but remember to make it simple and fun so that you and your neighbors are willing to carry it out year after year
You may have to invite 100 neighbors to get 30 to participate, but that is fine – it is enough of a start to get the ball rolling toward a more satisfying neighborhood for everyone
The hardest part can just be working up the courage to invite your neighbors! Remember, people want to know each other they just need the ice breaker!