Growing up, my parents and grandparents would also tell me stories about how close they were with their neighbors. But me being 17 now, even after living in three different neighborhoods, I have never even been able to meet other people my age and younger. I barely know a handful of the adults, as well, and that‘s only from trick or treating and delivering Girl Scout cookies as a kid. Now that we have technology that we can communicate through and be entertained by, we just have much less of a need to go outside and actually talk to people.
For my senior action project, I hoped to form bonds and better connect my neighborhood community. I first used my neighborhood’s yearly garage sale as a fundraiser. I contacted my neighbors and collected donations of money and items that they wanted to sell alongside our own. From this, I made about $50 to put towards the project. As for the project, I have been helping out my neighborhood Homeowners Association and also made an updated neighborhood directory. My family and I are working on making a small park in the public open space next to my house so that my neighbors could gather and hang out there. Lastly, I started the Hillcrest Heights Neighborhood Kid’s Club, which has 6 houses that joined and now 18 kids. Since I started this project at the beginning of quarantine and we haven’t been able to get together for safety reasons, I really wasn’t able to do any of the events with them yet. So, instead I ended up bringing activities to them in holiday baskets for them to do with their families. I also helped them “meet” each other through a scrapbook where each child got their own page to describe themself. That scrapbook was then passed around for other neighbors to go through.