How To Be #Neighborly In Your Community

Community Manager

 

Screen Shot 2018-02-27 at 10.18.27 AM.pngNeighborUp Dinner: Los Angeles, CA

“ ….every day you meet great people- we just need to be open to listening and learning, there is a reason why people come into your life.”
- 
Robert Newman | Downtown Los Angeles 

 

The original post can be found on our OfferUp blog here

 

We don’t all live next door to each other, but we think that every OfferUp experience can be better if we act like we do. Here at OfferUp, being neighborly is a core company value: be respectful, collaborative, open and honest. Be in the constant pursuit to help and elevate those around you. And we like to apply that same philosophy to our marketplace.

 

Here are some tips on how you can embrace being neighborly in your community:

 

  1. Welcome to the neighborhood: nothing makes a family feel better about moving to a new neighborhood than meeting the rest of the community. Take the time to get to know your new neighbors. It sounds old-school, but taking some fresh flowers or home-baked cookies to your new neighbor can really set the tone.
  2. Be inviting, but set boundaries: nobody likes a neighbor that’s on your doorstep every day, but having them over for dinner every now and then sparks conversation and creates connection. You don’t have to be best friends to find time to appreciate the things (and the neighborhood) you have in common.
  3. Go the extra step: rake your neighbor’s leaves when you’re raking your own. Karma is a beautiful thing.
  4. Must love dogs: keep your furry friends on a leash and be sure to pick up after them. If you’re not seeing your neighbors adopt the same good habits right away, use it as an opportunity to have a friendly conversation, and suggest ways you can all take little steps to help improve the neighborhood.
  5. Start a ‘Little Free Library’ in your neighborhood! These free book exchanges often look like oversized bird houses, and they can make a decorative addition to your yard. Encourage people to ‘take a book, leave a book’ and help bring your community together through the power of reading. Take the fun even further by starting a neighborhood book club.
  6. Enjoy the act of giving: keep your neighbors in mind during the holiday season and stop by with a holiday card or homemade gift. It’s the thought that counts!
  7. Host a NeighborUp dinner: bring your neighbors and friends together to share a meal. With a little help from our NeighborUp Hosting Guide, you’ll find everything you need to throw the ultimate dinner party.

Taking the time to establish a relationship with your neighbors can create a friendlier, safer community. We’d love to hear “good neighbor” stories from your community. Tag #neighborupnow on Instagram or follow the link and tell us how you NeighborUp here.

 

So tell us, how have you been neighborly in your community? Let us know, we'd love to hear! 

7 Comments
New Member

I’m leaving the city of Anaheim, I have been here since 2000 but now is time to end the cicle, moving inky new place I’m going to start new friendships with my neighbors since I don’t know any of them I have to start from scratch, thanks for the advice and hope to share my new experience with all of you!

Mr. Padilla 

Community Leader

I am a floral designer. I was thinking with all I have I would like to offer a free memorial heart or something to maybe a family or person that doesn't have the funds to send a gift to a loved ones memorial service or home. My gift would be to make a gift for you to give. Let me know if this is a good idea. Thanks, Terrie Villegas

Block Captain

We have a regular meet up each month for birthdays and catch up on our busy lives on our one street. We also host a yearly community yard sale. There are a few of us that resell as a side business, and we share our stories and support one another. We all use Offer up👍🏼

Neighbor

Not sure if this is all that much to write about & it's a little out of season but, it did(& does) make me feel better (& the exercise doesn't hurt either!) When the snow hit's hard & the shovel is in hand, I'll shovel our driveway & walks, but I  always will continue to the neighbors in both sides, even though I'm restricted by the doctors (& more importantly, the wife) because of a back problem that's been a favorite to the instrument called the "Lancet" (scalpel) 4 times (& calling for #5 soon) ! But, I take it slow & do it at my own pace & I know my limitations ? But I also trim a path directly in from of our house's, from stoop to stoop where the mail boxes are, so it makes it just a little easier for the mail person to walk do their job ! Now if the snow is asking for the "snow blower" (this is what really gets the wife going) I'll do the whole nieghborhood !(& get a real good chewin upon my return) And, In the summer time & if needed, I'll drift over to the neighbors yard every now & then when I'm cutting the grass! This isn't always recommended, (specially if you're new to the neighborhood & that's a story for another day !) just a little tip, some people are very particular about their lawns, so I'll usually be very alert to their "particulars" when they're out doing theirs lawns !  Just feels good inside, I think ? LOL really good !

Neighbor

Oh yeah, I have one more tip for everyone. When your neighbor is shoveling the snow on HIS DRIVEWAY, don't ever, Never, ever grab his arm from behind him ! You just might need to visit your dentist, soon afterafter ! ! lol 

Level 1

It does feel good to do a little extra - now and then.

 

However, watch their body language, when you don't go that extra 10 feet (mowing or shoveling), from your own property.

 

Know where the heart belongs, when you need the ointment, before the scalpel.

New Member

Always have a cup of sugar.