Make your Neighbourhood a Better Place

Posted: May 17, 2012 in Buyers, General Information
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As a member of a community, there are plenty of ways to connect with your neighbours and add value to your neighbourhood. The town of Ayr, On is one good example of this as they held their community wide garage sale this past Saturday. This is where the whole town gets involved. If yard sale is not your thing consider some of the followings:

  • How about tutoring or mentoring children and teens? There are many rec. centres where you could volunteer your talents.
  • Lend a helping hand. Consider offering your professional expertise to neighbours; they are likely to reciprocate.
  • Help to build or repair homes for families in need. 
  • Serve as a member of a Community Emergency Response Team.
  •  Why not join an environmental improvement project, such as a local park or highway clean-up.
  • Deliver meals to the elderly or shut-ins.
  • Assist local non-profit organizations by fund raising, recruiting volunteers, serving on boards or contributing other skills.
  • On the fun side you could organize community picnics and block parties to get better acquainted with your neighbours.
  • Coordinate neighbourhood restoration projects or encourage businesses to adopt a street to maintain.
  • Work with local law enforcement organizations to establish a community policing team. Groups such as Neighbourhood Watch and Block Watch bring citizens and police together to share information and exchange crime prevention tips.
  • Join a local planning or zoning board to become involved in neighbourhood initiatives. If your area is overseen by a homeowners association, take part in the meetings to stay informed and have a degree of influence over decisions governing repairs, grounds maintenance and other issues that affect home values.
  • Seek out ways to get your children involved in the community. A good way for them to meet others their own age outside of school is through local parks and recreation programs.
  • Check out the local seniors’ centre for various ways older members of your household can become more active in the community.

 When searching for the ideal neighbourhood, your real estate agent can be a valuable guide. By assessing your needs, your agent can help identify a community that you will enjoy being a part of now and in the years to come.

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