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Meet Your Neighbor Day 2019 Encourages Cambridge Residents to Build Community

Meet Your Neighbor Day

Recognizing the power of grassroots, locally-based connections, Meet Your Neighbor Day 2019 will take place on Sunday, September 15 -- the third Sunday in September. It 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!

What is Planned for Meet Your Neighbor Day?

You can view a PDF with a listing of all of the 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. 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 are 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.)

What Can You Do?

In addition to arttending 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! 

How Is a “Neighborhood” Defined?
However you choose to define it! it can be:

• 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 the use of their logo.

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