Unified Government of Wyandotte County and Kansas City, KS

09/25/2023 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 09/26/2023 05:40

Good Neighbor Week Kicks-Off in Wyandotte County/ KCK

Good Neighbor Week Kicks-Off in Wyandotte County/ KCK

Published on September 25, 2023

Promoting and Celebrating Neighborly Good Deeds

Kicking off this afternoon with a community clean-up at Klamm Park, UG's Livable Neighborhoods Task Force will be promoting neighborly good deeds with our first-ever Good Neighbor Week. Good Neighbor Week encourages community collaboration and neighborhood harmony with suggested activities for each day.

Thursday, September 28, 2023, is designated as National Good Neighbor Day. A great concept on its own but we in the Unified Government and Livable Neighborhoods believe it would be even better if we expanded the day to a "National Good Neighbor Week" for our Dotte community!

Originally, National Good Neighbor Day was created in the early 1970s by Becky Mattson of Lakeside, Montana. In 1978, United States President Jimmy Carter issued Proclamation 4601: "As our Nation struggles to build friendship among the peoples of this world, we are mindful that the noblest human concern is concern for others. Understanding, love, and respect build cohesive families and communities. The same bonds cement our Nation and the nations of the world.

For most of us, this sense of community is nurtured and expressed in our neighborhoods where we give each other an opportunity to share and feel part of a larger family. I call upon the people of the United States and interested groups and organizations to observe such day with appropriate ceremonies and activities."

In establishing the mindset of a good neighbor, National Good Neighbor Day lists 5 pillars for building great neighborhoods: Connection, Invitation, Celebration, Awareness, and Availability.

"Good neighbor week highlights the importance of relationships and connections in building community," said Livable Neighborhoods Liaison, MinahChapell. "Community thrives where compassion and respect live. The Unified Government encourages all to spread love, respect, and kindness this week (and every week!) because good neighbors make great neighborhoods."

Good Neighbor Week Schedule

  • Monday, September 25: Community Clean-Up
    Join Livable Neighborhoods and A Loving Space Foundation for a community clean-up at Klamm Park from 3PM-5PM. Event Details

  • Tuesday, September 26: Vials of Life Distribution
    Show some love for the older Americans in your neighborhood with a Vial of Life care package. In partnership with the KCK Shephard's Center, these vials help people document and store important medical information in case of emergency. Pick-up a package at various locations and share with your aging neighbors. More Details

  • Wednesday, September 27: Neighborhood Bingo
    Join Livable Neighborhoods for Neighborhood Bingo. Community members are encouraged to fill up their Bingo card with neighborly deeds for exciting prizes from Livable Neighborhoods. Bingo cards and information will be available at the Livable Neighborhood Office, located at the Neighborhood Resource Center, 49th and State Avenue, KCK. Download Your Bingo Card Now:2023-Neighborhood-Bingo-Card.pdf(PDF, 719KB)

  • Thursday, September 28: Random Acts of Kindness
    Join the Livable Neighborhoods Task Force for their monthly community meeting and then share some neighborly kindness with a random act of kindness! Information about the monthly meeting here.

  • Friday, September 29: Movie Night
    All are invited for a fun-filled movie night at the Neighborhood Resource Center at 7PM. The featured movie for the night will be the "The Lorax". Event Details

The UG encourages everyone in Wyandotte County and Kansas City, Kansas to get to know your neighbors. Host a block party, invite neighbors over for a BBQ, help a neighbor with a project, or go for a walk around your neighborhood. Be the good neighbor. Because good neighbors make great neighborhoods!

To learn more information about Good Neighbor Week and how you, please visit: Good Neighbor Week - Unified Government of Wyandotte County and Kansas City (wycokck.org)

Media Inquiries

Krystal R. McFeders
Public Information Officer
Unified Government of Wyandotte County & Kansas City, KS
[email protected]
Office: 913-573-5565

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