1. Clean up the junk!
Yeah, yeah — no one thinks they want to pick up trash, but they’d be wrong. It’s fun, it’s social, it’s a good workout, and afterwards your neighborhood will sparkle.
2. Mow the lawns of neighbors in need.
Hey, the elderly and disabled have lawns too! Do your neighbors a solid by finding out who needs help with cutting their grass. You and your lawn-mowing buddies can then take turns divvying up the responsibilities.
3. Paint a mural.
This is another activity you can do that is surprisingly fun, and you can also get the kids involved. Here’s a good guide on getting started. (The more colorful, the better.)
4. Run a school supply drive.
You probably have a closet full of school supplies you no longer need, so why not donate them to kids who do! Set up a drop-off at a local school, church, or grocery store. You can even organize a fun supply swap.
5. Start a youth baseball team.
Get your rowdy kids out of the house with little league! Soccer, swimming, and basketball teams work too. It’s a great way to build community and to foster healthy friendships for the kids.
6. Organize a holiday luminary lighting.
Have the neighborhood pitch in to provide sand, tea candles, and white paper bags to line the streets with glowing luminaries. On luminary light night everyone can walk around the neighborhood with hot chocolate admiring the beauty.
7. Go caroling.
Because who really does this anymore? You! It’s everyone’s secret dream to answer the door to carolers, so make this dream come true!
8. Throw an annual yard sale.
Hang out with the neighbors while doing some shopping. There is almost nothing better than a great find at a yard sale.
9. Ride your bike instead of driving.
Cut the pollution and the risks associated with driving by riding your bike around your community instead. You’ll look cuter this way too (see above).
10. Plant a community garden.
This is especially great for communities that don’t have ample access to fresh produce. Kids can learn so much from gardens, and your body will thank you for all the veggies.