Here are 3 ways to help your local community. By doing these 3 things, which aren’t too difficult, you’ll be improving the lives of those around you, and your own life as well.
Way #1 – Host a Block Part, Frequently
Host a block BBQ party every two months, so that all your neighbors have a chance to meet each other. You’d be surprised how long people can live next door to each other without ever chatting. When neighbors know each other, it makes watering the lawn all that much more enjoyable as you get to wave hello and put smiles on people’s faces. The best way to get your neighbors in contact is to print off an invitation letter and slip them in the mail box of everyone on your block. Hopefully, more than a few of them will show up to your BBQ and then you can let the connections flow.
Way #2 – Clean the Exterior of Your House
Keep the exterior of your house in clean condition, as this creates a ripple effect across your community as other homeowners nearby compare their mildew-covered paneling to your freshly pressure-washed façade. This is called the broken window effect. If one window is broken on your street, just wait and eventually another one will pop up. Scientists studied this phenomenon with graffiti in the New York subway. They found that after vigorously combating graffiti for long enough, it eventually stopped showing up altogether. You may or may not have moss on your roof or salt on your windows depending on where you live, but by calling exterior home cleaning companies like this one https://www.google.com/maps?cid=13805652943928513512 (click link to see) to pressure wash your driveway and siding, you’ll notice the houses around yours gradually becoming cleaner as well. It’s science!
Way #3 – Neuter Your Pets and Take Them to Designated Parks
However convenient it is to walk your dog around the block and let him or her pee on things as they pass, let alone not pick up their poop, it creates much unmentioned strife in your community. Most neighbors won’t come out and say it if they’re polite, but of course they don’t want your dog pissing in their bushes every morning at 7:30 AM. Dog pee is very bad for lawns, and once one dog starts being on a spot suddenly all the dogs that are walked down that street will pee there and the grass will begin to die. Also, not neutering your cats and letting them roam astray is what causes those vile-sounding cat fights in the middle of the night. I get so mad at neighbors who have more than one un-neutered cat because the sound of them fighting at night keeps me awake. Help your community by taking your dog to the park – it should only take an extra fraction of an hour to do this – so that they aren’t peeing all over your neighborhood.