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 them, and make our neighborhoods, our cities, and ultimately our world a better place to live.
- What are the challenges?
We've come up with 11 fun challenges to help you connect with your neighbors!
Let us know you're joining in by sharing your experience with us. We'd love to applaud you for a job well done and use your experience to inspire others to connect with their neighbors!Jump to the challenges
- How do I share that I did a challenge?
You can enter directly on the page for each challenge!
- 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 believe 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's in it for you?
- A chance to forge new (and stronger) relationships with neighbors.
- Good feels for doing nice things for others.
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.
These are a few ideas to inspire you to become a rockstar neighbor:
2019 Love Your Hood Challenge Grand Prize Winners
While anyone that intentionally takes time to connect with their neighbors is a winner in our book, these folks went above and beyond to love their neighbors. Coray and Daniel are the winners of our 2019 Love Your Hood Challenge, and the recipients of $1000 to keep and $1000 to give to their favorite local charity!
Meet Coray, the 2019 Love Your Hood Challenge grand prize winner! Not only is she an awesome neighbor, but Coray is an orphan outreach advocate and a single foster mom!
We also had a neighboring challenge going within our Love Your Hood team. Congratulations to Daniel, our amazing property manager, co-worker, friend, and now official Rockstar Neighbor!