Good Neighbor Practices
Good neighbors build great neighborhoods, and great neighborhoods make for a more connected and resilient community. Small acts of kindness can make a big impact on the quality of life on your block.
Choose to connect with a neighbor today – whether they recently moved in or have lived next door for a decade – and our community will be stronger for it. Here are some best practices.
Download a printable copy of Good Neighbor Practices.
Notice when something seems off. Check on your neighbors and, if needed, reach out to help.
Engage in the community. Volunteer with local organizations, be aware of current city happenings and get to know your neighborhood ambassador (or become an ambassador).
Introduce yourself. Taking the time to say hello makes it much easier to offer or ask for help later. “Hi, I’m Quincy. I just live around the block on Deer Drive. Here’s my number. Feel free to reach out if you need anything.”
Gather for a picnic or drop off a meal.
Help a neighbor with maintenance tasks and errands like mowing, shoveling, or getting groceries – especially in times of crisis.
Be approachable and available. Smile, wave and offer to keep an eye on their house when they are out of town.
Organize a neighborhood activity. Cleaning the neighborhood pond, starting a Little Free Library, or planning a bike ride are opportunities to foster neighborhood pride and connectedness. We’ve compiled a list of ideas to get your wheels turning.
Resolve disputes in person and handle conflict with tact. Addressing a concern directly and calmly can create a shared understanding and solution instead of resentment. If that does not work, the city may be able to help.
Show respect. Your neighbors may look or act differently than you. Approach your differences as an opportunity to learn from one another instead of as a threat.
Neighborhood Ambassadors can tap into our Great Neighborhood Grant Program, which is designed to help Neighborhood Ambassadors offer activities that bring their neighbors together and enhance the quality of life in North Liberty. The goals of this pilot program are to:
- Build an increased sense of neighborhood community
- Develop or renew neighborhood relationships
- Encourage interaction between generations and cultures
- Further establish the Neighborhood Ambassadors’ role as an engagement coordinator and resource for their neighbors
Funds are available for Neighborhood Ambassador-organized programs or improvement projects. At this time only Neighborhood Ambassadors or residents of a neighborhood with an ambassador vacancy have the ability to submit an application. Contact Jillian Miller at [email protected] for details.