Love Your Hood Challenge

Challenge No. 005: Share What You Have

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No one has everything. But everyone has something! This month we’re challenging you to share what you do have with your neighbors!

Love Your Hood Challenge No. 005 | Share What You Have

Challenge No. 005:

Share what you have.

Whether it’s time, a talent, or even some extra cash, make a point of sharing something you have with your neighbors. Feeling like none of those are feasible to give right now? Start with a smile or a kind word. Even just those two things can go a long way in making someone’s day a bit brighter!

 

Ideas to get you going:

  • Share a talent. Are you good at home repair projects? Fixing bikes? Painting? IT issues? Making a delicious home-cooked meal? Offer one of these to a neighbor that could benefit.Love Your Hood Challenge No. 005 | Share What You Have
  • Share your time. Know a neighbor that could use some company? What about another parent that could use a little break from their kids? A couple that just moved in that doesn’t know anyone yet? Challenge yourself to reach out to them and spend some time together.Love Your Hood Challenge No. 005 | Share What You Have
  • Share your stuff. Have a shed full of garden tools? Have books others might enjoy reading? Have 8,000,000 LEGO pieces a neighbor’s kid might like to play with? How about a cup of sugar? Allow what you’ve been blessed with to bless those around you.
  • Share your cash. Anyone around you having a rough time with some extra or unknown expenses? Love Your Hood Challenge No. 005 | Share What You Have

 

How to enter

Get creative! Each month we’ll choose our favorite post and give away some Love Your Hood swag. Here’s how to play:

Document your experience

Snap a photo (or take a video) of:

  • you cleaning the streets or you doing one of the bonus challenges
  • wanting to enter for a chance to win the grand prize? Save these photos someplace you can find them as you’ll be using them again!
Three ways to enter

Follow us on Instagram or Facebook or sign up for emails to find out if you’ve won and when the next challenge is open!

See official rules for more details.

Enter the Challenge + Get inspired

Upload a photo or video to show us how you’re taking on the challenge of cleaning up your street.

Previous Challenges

Miss a challenge? Not a problem! It’s not too late to complete them and enter for a chance to win the grand prize.

Need a neighbor grid and challenge checklist?

Print the grid.

 

Love Your Hood Challenge No. 004 - Clean the Streets

Challenge No. 004: Clean the Streets

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We believe that a city becomes great when we love the people we live next to and take pride in our shared spaces. While some of us may enjoy things being neat and tidy a teensy bit more than others, no one enjoys filth. In fact, it can be downright bad for our health. Taking the time to clean our sidewalks, alleys, and streets helps keep us, our kids, and our pets safer, minimizes trash and debris from polluting our sewers and drains, and is just plain good for the environment. More than the physical benefits, clean spaces are more inviting and refreshing than their debris filled counterparts.

Challenge No. 004:

Clean the streets.

What does keeping the shared spaces around us neat and tidy have to do with loving your neighbor? Because these spaces matter to everyone. And this challenge is all about doing our part — and not waiting for someone else to do it first. Taking the initiative to take care of what’s around us inspires others to do the same. Better yet, invite neighbors to join you!

Some ideas for tackling challenge no. 004:
  • Clean your alley. The street sweeping crew doesn’t normally hit alleys. And come spring they’re typically quite a mess. Head out back to pick up trash, pull weeds, and report graffiti. Here’s a list of items to have available to make clean-up a breeze: Alley Cleaning Tools + Supplies | Love Your Hood
  • Throw an alley cleaning party. Want to make alley cleaning fun and get to know your neighbors while doing it? Invite them to an alley cleaning party! While cleaning may not be our favorite family activity, our kids actually love alley cleaning days. Why? We do it with other people and always have donuts when we’re done. Want to throw your own alley cleaning party? Here’s an editable invite to download, print, and hand out to the neighbors that share your alley. You could even invite neighbors over for a treat afterwards! 
  • Pick up the park. Don’t have an alley or already have one that’s tidy? Head to another shared space in your neighborhood in need of some TLC and pitch in where you can. Whether it’s pulling weeds or picking up trash, there’s usually always a place that could use a little sprucing.
  • Do trash and recycling well. Trash is inevitable. Litter is not. Find out more about trash and recycling service and guidelines in Denver, what to toss in your purple bin, when your collection day is, and schedule reminders on Denvergov.org.
  • Clean a storm drain. Have storm drains with grates? Cities like St. Paul, Minnesota have an Adopt-a-Drain Program to garner volunteers to clean storm drains for cleaner waterways and healthier communities. If there isn’t a program where you live, it doesn’t have to stop you from rolling up your sleeves and taking care of one by you. Not sure how? Read these tips to keep it clean and safe.
  • Get rid of graffiti. Find some unwanted “artwork” while cleaning up? Make sure to report it and remove it before it multiplies. Denver offers a guide for reporting and removing graffiti on public and private property, graffiti prevention tips, and access to free materials to remove it from your property. Want help from the city to remove it? Jump over and grab an authorization form.
  • Include your kids. If you have kids, bring ’em with you! Teaching kids good stewardship is worth the extra time it takes to do a chore — crazy toddlers included. Clean the Streets | Love Your Hood

BONUS Challenge: Already have sparkly clean streets? We have more ideas for you! 

  • Join Denver’s composting challenge. Did you know organic materials make up more than 50% of what Denver residents send to the landfill every year? Help us turn this “trash” back into dirt by ordering a green bin for the cost of a couple coffees a month. Don’t have enough compost to fill it? Go halfsies with a neighbor to save money and the Earth.
  • Adopt a highway. Already have a shiny clean neighborhood? Think bigger! Organize a group to adopt a section of highway to keep clean through Colorado Adopt a Highway or a program in your own state or county.
  • Adopt a spot. Want to take care of a particular spot in Denver other than a highway? Check out Denver’s Adopt a Spot Program. Sign up with your school, business, civic group, church, or even your family to maintain a stretch of road, alley, or open area for one year.

How to enter

Get creative! Each month we’ll choose our favorite post and give away some Love Your Hood swag. Here’s how to play:

Document your experience

Snap a photo (or take a video) of:

  • you cleaning the streets or you doing one of the bonus challenges
  • wanting to enter for a chance to win the grand prize? Save these photos someplace you can find them as you’ll be using them again!
Three ways to enter

Follow us on Instagram or Facebook or sign up for emails to find out if you’ve won and when the next challenge is open!

 

See official rules for more details.

Enter the Challenge + Get inspired

Upload a photo or video to show us how you’re taking on the challenge of cleaning up your street.

Previous Challenges

Miss a challenge? Not a problem! It’s not too late to complete them and enter for a chance to win the grand prize.

Need a neighbor grid and challenge checklist?

Print the grid.

Love Your Hood Challenge No. 003 - Love their Kids

Challenge No. 003: Be the Village

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Love Your Hood Challenge No. 003 - Love Their Kids

They say it takes a village. Yet for many people, the village feels non-existent. This didn’t use to be the case. These days lots of parents are raising kids away from extended families. And while they may have some friends to fill in here and there, it mostly feels like they’re flying solo. On top of that, our judgmental and overly-busy society has led to many people becoming scared to offer help, nervous to ask for it, and lots and lots of loneliness. A happy, healthy, thriving community requires that we invest in each other, including each others’ kids.

How do we change this?

Challenge No. 003:

Be the village.

Instead of waiting for there to be the village, this challenge is about becoming the village.

Ways to love their kids: Here are a few ideas to be the village for the kids and parents in your neighborhood:

  • Bring them food. Know any new parents? While you can’t give them more sleep (unless you’re willing to watch their kids while they take a nap) you can help them with some other basics, like a delicious, healthy meal. Consider coordinating a Meal Train if someone hasn’t already. And don’t forget about breakfasts. Most people tend to bring dinners, but wholesome breakfasts like these oatmeal muffins are a hit with nursing moms and can be made for a whole week at a time.Love Your Hood Challenge No. 003 - Love Their Kids
  • Play with their kids. There is no easier way to show a kid you care than by taking time to have fun with them. Play LEGOS, shoot hoops, make art, break out some games.
  • Teach their kids. You don’t have to be a licensed teacher to share what you know with kids. Have a green thumb? Share your gardening skills. Love to work on cars? Include a teen that has a mechanical interest. Play the piano? Teach a kid that enjoys music. Love Your Hood Challenge No. 003 - Love Their Kids
  • Be supportive & encouraging. Kids need more than their parents to be positive role models in their lives. They need other people that are invested in them and their future. Build the kids up in your neighborhood. Be a safe place for them to come when they need. Encourage them. Cheer them on. Not only do kids need support and encouragement, but so do their parents! Be a shoulder to lean on, an ear to listen, a safe place where they can share struggles (and wins too!).

Ways to love their furry kids: Even pet parents need help from time to time. Here are a few ideas to be the village for your pet parent neighbors:

  • Take them for a walk. Noticed that your neighbors haven’t been out much to walk their dog lately? Perhaps they have a new baby, or a medical condition, or they’re just in a rough or busy season and they’re not able to get out as much. Offer a walk or even a trip to the dog park.Love Your Hood Challenge No. 003 - Love Their Kids
  • Pet sit. Whether it’s travel for work, vacation, or a hospital stay, it’s inevitable that pet parents will need help with care for their pets at some point. Offer to help watch their pets wherever everyone’s most comfortable.
  • Bring ’em a treat. Love giving gifts? Bring your neighbor’s pet a treat or toy to show you care.Love Your Hood Challenge No. 003 - Love Their Kids
  • Consider them as a pet and not a pest. Maybe you’re not feeling so loving towards your neighbors pets — especially their dog that they leave outside and tends to bark all. the. time. A great first step might be to talk to your neighbor directly about what’s happening, instead of lodging a formal complaint to the city. Say it’s a case of constant barking. It could be worth finding out why it’s happening and seeing if there’s anything you can do to help. There could be more to it than what’s seen!Love Your Hood Challenge No. 003 - Love Their Kids

BONUS Challenges: Here are some more great ideas for going above and beyond caring for kids and pets in your own neighborhood:

How to enter

Get creative! Each month we’ll choose our favorite post and give away some Love Your Hood swag. Here’s how to play:

Document your experience

Snap a photo (or take a video) of:

  • you loving your neighbor’s kids or pets or doing a bonus challenge (please make sure you have their permission to share!)
  • wanting to enter for a chance to win the grand prize? Save these photos someplace you can find them as you’ll be using them again!
Three ways to enter

Follow us on Instagram or Facebook or sign up for emails to find out if you’ve won and when the next challenge is open!

 

See official rules for more details.

Enter the Challenge + Get inspired

Upload a photo or video to show us how you’re taking on the challenge of being the village.

Previous Challenges

Miss a challenge? Not a problem! You have ’til the end of the year to complete them and enter for a chance to win the grand prize.

Need a neighbor grid and challenge checklist?

Print the grid.

Love Your Hood Challenge No. 002 - Shovel Some Snow

Challenge No. 002: Shovel Some Snow

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While many states are seeing signs of spring come March, Denver is entering its snowiest month of the year. And with snow, comes shoveling — something that by law needs to be removed within 24 hours of the white stuff coming down to make for safe walkways throughout town.

Challenge No. 002:

Head outside and shovel your neighbor’s walk.

Grab a coat and a shovel and head out to shovel for a neighbor! Have kids? Bring them too. It’s a great energy burner for those wintery days and it’ll help instill the value of serving others — double win!

While the act of kindness towards a neighbor alone is great, shoveling their walk provides an added bonus: a chance to meet new neighbors.

While capturing photos to promote this challenge, we were able to shovel for a few of our neighbors. We knew a few of the neighbors who we shoveled for, but not everyone. As we shoveled a sidewalk across the street, a man popped out to see what noise his dog was alerting him to. He noticed we were shoveling, was super appreciative and asked if he could pay us. Of course we declined, but said we’d love the chance to meet him instead! We shoveled our way up to his door and chatted for a while. Come to find out we have both lived in our homes for a decade! I (Jen) was cringing with embarrassment that it had taken so long for us to meet. But I was grateful for an excuse to be there and the chance to finally meet him. It was a great reminder that it is never too late to get to know the people you live closest to!

Alternatives: In case you live in a place that has more sand than snow, or you’re not physically able to get out, here are some other ways to still join in the March challenge:

  • Climate a problem? Hose off their dock, sweep a bit, or do something else to clean up a neighbor’s walkway when snow isn’t in your picture.
  • Physically not possible? Let it be your challenge to ask for help this month. There are so many people that would actually love to help out a neighbor, if only they knew what they could do! You can always thank them with a hot cup of cocoa or glass of iced tea!

 

BONUS Challenge: Just joining the challenge or looking to get your mind in the game? Read a book or listen to a podcast about neighboring to see what others have to say. A few ideas to pique your interest:

How to enter

Get creative! Each month we’ll choose our favorite post and give away some Love Your Hood swag. Here’s how to play:

Document your experience

Snap a photo (or take a video) of:

  • you outside shoveling your neighbor’s walk or driviway or you doing one of the alternative challenges
  • wanting to enter for a chance to win the grand prize? Save these photos someplace you can find them as you’ll be using them again!
Three ways to enter

Follow us on Instagram or Facebook or sign up for emails to find out if you’ve won and when the next challenge is open!

 

See official rules for more details.

Enter the Challenge + Get inspired

Upload a photo or video to show us how you’re taking on the challenge of shoveling for your neighbors.

Previous Challenges

Miss a challenge? Not a problem! It’s not too late to complete them and enter for a chance to win the grand prize.

Need a neighbor grid and challenge checklist?

Print the grid.

Love Your Hood Challenge No. 001 - Know Your Neighbor

Challenge No. 001: Know Your Neighbors

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Love Your Hood - Love Your Neighbor

This challenge is an important one. It’s one that might take a while to complete — it’s to embrace that loving your neighbor is a worthwhile endeavor and to get to know the people that live closest to you. But, it’s hard to love the people around us when we don’t even know their names.

A whopping 90% of people don’t know the names of their eight closest neighbors.†

For real! We want to help change that. So, first things first. We’re going to find out who lives next door. Here’s what that looks like:

Challenge No. 001:

Print out your neighbor grid and fill out who you know.

This grid is meant to represent your home (the heart) and your eight closest neighbors. Your street might not look like a grid, so pick the eight closest folks to you. If you live in a building, this could include the people that live next to you, as well as above and below you. (Because when someone’s toilet is leaking at 2 a.m. and you awake to water dripping on your head, it’s really handy to have their info — trust us!) We’ve even added a nifty checklist to keep track of all the challenges throughout the year.

So, what kinds of things should you fill out on your grid? Start with names. Once you know who lives there, add things you know, such as hobbies, what they do for work, pets, and so forth.

Already know everyone on your grid? 🙌 Keep on doing your thing and consider getting to know your next closest neighbors too!

Know Your Neighbor Grid

Print the grid

BONUS Challenge: Read a book or listen to a podcast about neighboring to get your mind in the game. A few ideas to pique your interest:

 

† The Art of Neighboring by Dave Runyon and Jay Pathak

How to enter

Get creative! Each month we’ll choose our favorite post and give away some Love Your Hood swag. Here’s how to play:

Document your experience

Snap a photo (or take a video) of:

  • you with your grid,
  • your favorite quote from a book or podcast about neighboring, or
  • something else creative to let the world know you’re joining us on this challenge!
  • wanting to enter for a chance to win the grand prize? Save these photos someplace you can find them as you’ll be using them again!
Three ways to enter

Follow us on Instagram or Facebook or sign up for emails to find out if you’ve won and when the next challenge is open!

 

See official rules for more details.

Enter the Challenge + Get inspired

Upload a photo or video to show us how you’re taking on the challenge of getting to know your neighbors.