2019

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

Challenge No. 002: Shovel Some Snow

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#LoveYourHoodChallenge

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.