Engaged Neighbor Project
Neighboring takes effort. It takes purposeful planning and time. But the effort will benefit both you and your community. David Burton, a county engagement specialist with University of Missouri Extension, is working statewide to train people to be engaged neighbors. This page contains resources that will help. You may also contact David Burton for a copy of his 30-plus page “Engaged Neighbor Overview” document.
The Art of Neighboring
National Days to Neighbor
National Good Neighbor Day, Sept. 28, was signed in to law by President Jimmy Carter in 1978. This is a perfect day to organize your neighbors for goodies in the garage, donuts on the driveway or pancakes on the porch. Make it fun and get your neighbors connected and growing together.
National Do Something Good For Your Neighbor Day is on May 16 each year and goal of this day is to encourage individuals and organizations alike to be neighborly to each other.
Good neighbor's our precious, and it is important to show them gratitude at every opportunity. This day is a reminder that we are all neighbors, and that we should treat each other with love and respect.
Get to Know Your Neighbors
MU Extension is providing an easy to use chart that can help you get to know and remember your neighbors. The best thing you can do is to learn and use the names of your immediate neighbors. You may find this chart helpful.Neighbor chart (PDF)
How to Use Neighboring Chart
Here is a video explanation on how to use the neighboring chart.
How to Support the Engaged Neighbor Project
You can support this neighboring effort with a donation to the Greene County Gift Fund. Donations can be made online or by sending a check to 2400 S. Scenic Ave, Springfield, Mo. 65807. If you own a business and would like help sponsor the effort, please contact David Burton.
Expanding to Your City
With partners and sponsors, the Engaged Neighbor Project can be expanded to your city. Key partners to involve include the city council or city administration, Chamber of Commerce, school district, neighborhood groups, park board and the ministerial alliance.
David Burton can speak to formally or informally to interested parties, help coordinate meetings, and provide necessary materials in support of this community development effort. He can be reached by telephone at (417) 881-8909 or email.