Our lives may have changed over the last 5 weeks, but the ties that bind us and the streets that we call home for the most part have not! In today’s Monday Market Update, we wanted to share some ways to help you stay connected to your neighbors while respecting the social distancing guidelines that are in place. We would also LOVE to hear of your favorite ways to make the people around you smile – so feel free to tell us what your community has been up to by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org .
#1 NEW NEXTDOOR TOOLS
Are you on your own neighborhood Nextdoor? This zip code-based community communication system has long been used for individuals and families to discuss and share issues in an open forum of hyper-local voices. Now Nextdoor has added 3 updates on account of COVID-19 to help neighbors find & offer help, find accurate information and support small businesses during this time of crisis. Learn more HERE.
#2: CHALK THE WALK (IT’S NOT JUST FOR KIDS)
Many communities have started ‘chalking their walk’ since getting exercise outdoors is one of the few permissible activities. While many children enjoy adding sidewalk chalk rainbows and designs, adults have even started adding written jokes, fun facts and even a neighborhood art museum! Read more on Realtor.com HERE.
#3: START A BEAR HUNT
A stuffed one of course! Have you ever read the book ‘We’re Going On A Bear Hunt’ published in 1989 and written by Michael Rosen? Many neighbors are posting on Nextdoor or Facebook to look for the bears… and are adding their own teddy bears to front-facing windows! Other neighbors are emailing a paper teddy bear cut out that neighbors can color and place in the window. Children and parents can take walks with binoculars, notepads and grins as they look in windows for the bears! We think adults have just as much fun looking for the teddy bears as the kids. See more from TIME HERE.
#4: TRY SOCIAL DIS-DANCING
It all started with a single mom of two kids on N. 16th Street in San Jose. In an effort to lift her spirits and those of her young children – she decided to institute a daily dance party in her front yard. Neighbors started noticing and asking what time… and the downtown San Jose movement known as Social Dis-Dancing was born! Now the community gathers in their own front yards everyday at 3:30pm and listens to the same Zoom playlist! Just seeing each other sharing a fun and even embarrassing move or two is a great way to break up the daily grind (pun intended!). Check out the groups FB page HERE and read the story on WBUR HERE. *Note that many communities are adopting social dis-dancing around the world and yours could be next! 😉
#5: MAKE ANY OF THESE IDEAS YOURS
Feel free to adapt any of these ideas to what fits your community’s interests! Some communities have adapted the ‘Bear Hunt’ idea into a jungle themed scavenger hunt and put varying plastic animals in trees. Others have started Driveway Happy Hours and drink their favorite beverages in their driveways at 5pm daily. Why not place stuffed cats in the window for the community dogs, leave a note of encouragement for your neighborhood postal worker or order a family meal to go from a local business and share with your neighbors (no contact-style)?
With a little creativity and community spirit, we can live our lives together – just differently!
*Please be sure that you check with your local health department guidelines to ensure compliance for any activity you choose. Important COVID-19 health links can be found HERE.
All my best,
NAR Instructor….“Designations Create Distinctions”
CIPS, SRS, ABR, CRS, SRES, GRI, CLHMS,
REI, AHWD, RSPS, MSLG
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