Meet Your Neighbor Day PLUS

Meet Your Neighbor Day

Sunday, September 19, 2021 through September 30!

Meet Your Neighbor Day is the third Sunday in September each year, and in light of the ongoing pandemic, we are encouraging people to do things anytime between September 19th and the end of the month on September 30th
Recognizing the power of grassroots, locally-based connections, Meet Your Neighbor Day is an invitation for you to plan something that can bring together your neighbors — in a way that works for you! Convened by the Cambridge Peace Commission and cosponsored by the Citizens Committee on Civic Unity, Meet Your Neighbor Day is a Cambridge-specific approach to building connections and community in our amazing city – built on two national initiatives – and adapted to fit the needs of our city!

And remember to follow Cambridge’s rules, guidelines and recommendations for COVID-19: Unvaccinated guests are asked to wear face coverings. In crowded areas, all guests are strongly recommended to wear a mask unless eating or drinking, regardless of vaccination status. All hosts and volunteers are also strongly recommended to wear a mask for the duration of any event. And all events should take place outdoors or in well-ventilated spaces where social distancing can be maintained. As of September 3, 2021 the City of Cambridge has made masks mandatory in indoor public spaces, which may include the space where you would like to host or attend an event. For more information and specific guidance visit: Masks & Face Coverings - City of Cambridge, MA (cambridgema.gov)


If you'd like to let us know about and post your event, fill out the Meet Your Neighbor Event Submission form (a Google Doc)

What can you do?

In addition to attending events, you can organize your own. An open house, neighborhood party, potluck, service project, neighborhood clean-up, or something else – whatever is fun and easy for you and your neighbors to plan and carry out. You can decide what works best in your own "neighborhood!"

Resources that can help you plan!

There's also a long list of ideas and options on our Meet Your Neighbor Day fact sheet! 

 

Here is a map with the the events being planned for this year (September 2021)

Click on an item to see the details, or click on the box in the upper-right corner of the map below to open the map in a new window and see a list of the events. (These are not organized by the Peace Commission or the City of Cambridge, and the organizers have confirmed that they will comply with COVID-19 protocols .)


Looking for Ideas? Here's what was Planned for 2019?

You can view a PDF with a listing of all of the 2019 events submitted by different people and groups in the community, and the listing includes date and time, location, the type of event, and any other details.

Also, below is a map with the events in 2019. Click on an item to see the details, or click on the box in the upper-right corner of the map below to open the map in a new window and see a list of the events. (They were not organized by the Peace Commission or the City of Cambridge, with the exception of the events at Fresh Pond Reservation and the O'Neill Library.)


How Is a “neighborhood” defined? However you choose to define it!

• Your street, your block, or surrounding blocks
• Your apartment or condominium
• Your floor at your apartment building
• The area surrounding a nearby school or place of worship
• Houses along your part of the street
• Your local park
• Your local square or business district

Why is there a "Meet Your Neighbor Day?"

Inspired by the growing need to connect with each other, we have borrowed from two national initiatives, and adapted them to fit the needs of our city. Meet Your Neighbor Day is built on the foundation of two nationwide efforts — Welcoming America’s “Welcoming Week” and the “National Neighborhood Day” initiative — and organized in collaboration with another City of Cambridge partner — the Citizens’ Committee on Civic Unity.

  • National Neighborhood Day inspires, builds, and sustains the neighborhood relationships that provide the foundation for civic action and the building of stronger, more caring and effective communities.
  • Welcoming Week brings communities together long-time residents, newcomers, and everyone in between in a spirit of unity to raise awareness of the benefits of welcoming everyone – including new Americans.
Thanks to the Redwood City, California Public Library for lending their logo to us.
  • If you have questions or you'd like to let us know about your event, email us at peace@cambridgema.gov
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