At Love Your Hood, we work to connect people to place and ultimately people to each other. And who do we love connecting most? Neighbors.
Why? The relationships we have with the people that live closest to us are some of the most important for us to foster — yet often times, in our busy lives, the most overlooked. Being a good neighbor is truly one of the greatest things we can do with our lives.
Enter the Love Your Hood Challenge.
Need an excuse to get better at this whole neighboring thing? You’ve got it! We’re inviting you to join all of us at Love Your Hood in a fun challenge to get to know your neighbors, love ’em, and make our neighborhoods, our cities, and ultimately our world a better place to live.
- What's in it for you?
- A chance to win $1,000 to keep and $1,000 to give to your favorite local charity.
- Prizes for winners of individual challenges
- Good feels for doing nice things for others
- A chance to forge new (and stronger) relationships with neighbors
Get the details below.
- Why did we start this challenge?
Our country is polarized. Democrats. Republicans. Pro-life. Pro-choice. Black Lives. All lives. Bottle feeding. Breastfeeding. Cats. Dogs. Pick a topic, and the opposite of your viewpoint is out there. And if by chance, we find ourselves on different sides, we better hash it out on social media and make it ugly. Because, if you’re not with us, then you’re with them.
Wait — where did we go?
We started measuring success by everyone else’s standards. We started living overly busy lives. We started letting technology take over the wheel — so much so that we might even walk into a phone pole (or crash a car) because we’re too busy staring at our phones to look up. We started believing anything that’s “different” is bad.
And what happened because of it? We’ve lost touch with ourselves and with what’s important. We’ve missed chances to connect with the people around us — especially those living closest to us. And, we’ve become scared of what and who we don’t know and we don’t have the time to change it.
But, we can change it!
Back in 2009, a group of pastors in the Denver area met with local mayor, Bob Frie, to find out what they could do to better serve the city. You’d expect a city official to muster a response along the lines of raising taxes or adding special programs or services, right?
He simply responded,
“get people to know their neighbors.”†
Literally walk next door and love the people that live next to you? How in the world will this help?
I mean, we’re talking about a laundry list of challenges like at-risk youth, run-down housing, hunger, substance abuse, loneliness, divorce, violence, homelessness, and more. These aren’t “paper cut” kind of issues. These are real problems!
If that wasn’t crazy enough, the mayor dropped a bomb saying, “the majority of the issues that our community is facing would be eliminated or drastically reduced if we could just figure out a way to become a community of great neighbors.”
Think about that for a minute.
What would happen if we spent time with the teenager whose parents weren’t home much because they’re working around the clock to make ends meet? What would happen if we brought food over to an elderly neighbor that had a hard time getting out much? What would happen if we befriended the new family on the block? Would it drastically change their lives? Could it give them hope? Could it make them feel loved? Welcome? Accepted? Maybe.
Isn’t maybe enough?
How empowering (and humbling) that,
“the solutions to the problems in our neighborhoods aren’t ultimately found in the government, police, schools, or even getting more people to church. The solutions lie with us.”
We can do this.
We can make a difference.
We can change the world — one neighbor at a time.
And that’s exactly what we’re inviting you to join us in doing this year!† The Art of Neighboring by Dave Runyon and Jay Pathak
- What are the challenges?
There are 11 fun challenges to help you connect with your neighbors! Every month we'll be opening a new challenge to up your neighboring game.
Let us (and the world) know you're joining in by sharing your experience. You'll even have a chance to win some cool prizes!Jump to the challenges
- How do I share that I did a challenge?
Get creative! Each month we’ll choose our favorite post and give away some Love Your Hood swag. Here’s how to play:
First, document your experience.
Snap a photo (or take a video) to share something about how you completed each challenge. Don't worry -- we'll give you some ideas of what to post in case you get stuck!
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.
Next, enter one of three ways:
Then, stay tuned!
- How do I enter to win the $1,000 grand prize?
First, complete 9 out of 11 challenges!
You don't have to start at the beginning of the year to enter to win the grand prize!
Then, grab your photos!
Remember all those great photos you took for the challenges? You'll need them to enter to win the grand prize.
Next, enter one of three ways:
Then, stay tuned!
- I missed the beginning of the challenge, is it too late to start?
Not at all!
While you may not be able to win the monthly prizes if they're not completed within the month, you can still enter to win the grand prize. As long as you complete nine of the eleven challenges during 2019 and submit your entries, including the one for the grand prize by the end of the year, you're set!
Prizes aside -- it's never too late to start neighboring well!
- Have any official rules to bore me with for entering to win?
Sure do. You can check them out here.
The Love Your Hood Challenge is all about getting to know your neighbors, loving them, and making our neighborhoods, our cities, and ultimately our world a better place to live.
We’ll be opening one challenge on the first of each month of 2019 to inspire you to become a rock star neighbor. Okay, maybe not a rock star since they probably make loud music from their garage at all hours of the day, right?