February 6, 2010 will mark Seattle’s 16th annual Neighbor Appreciation Day. It is a time to reach out to our neighbors — to create new bonds and to express our thanks for the neighbors in our lives.
History of Neighbor Appreciation Day
The celebration began in 1995 when Phinney Ridge activist Judith Wood suggested that the City designate “a special day to celebrate the goodness in those around us and to reach out and strengthen our bonds to each other.” Mayor Norm Rice responded by proclaiming the Saturday before Valentine’s Day as Neighbor Appreciation Day. The observance has grown every year since!
Neighbor Appreciation Day is a grassroots celebration. People and organizations organize block parties, open houses, award ceremonies, potluck dinners, and work parties to recognize and encourage caring neighbors. In addition, Seattle Department of Neighborhoods sponsors an art contest for K-12 students in Seattle. The winners of the contest have their art featured on Neighbor Appreciation Day greeting cards distributed free throughout Seattle in recognition of caring neighbors.
Planning an Event?
If your organization is planning an activity for Neighbor Appreciation Day, you can include it on our special online events calendar. Just visit our events page, www.seattle.gov/neighborhoods/calendar, hit the link for “Submit an Event” on the upper left-hand column, read the “How to Submit…” and policy guidelines, and complete the form. You’ll note on the form there is a section called DON Programs, so be sure to select Neighbor Appreciation Day.
The Neighbor Appreciation Day events calendar will be posted on the Department of Neighborhoods website beginning mid-December. It will also be shared with the Mayor’s Office, Seattle City Council and the media. There is no deadline for submitting events. If you have questions, please contact Wendy Watson at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 206-684-0719.
Free Neighbor Appreciation Greeting Cards
Seattle Department of Neighborhoods produces free greeting cards available to Seattle residents, schools, and community organizations that want to acknowledge the good work of their immediate neighbors and others who help make their neighborhood a special place to live.
If you want to order greeting cards for larger events, contact Wendy Watson at email@example.com or 206-684-0719. Beginning in mid-January, you can pick up cards at Seattle City Hall, Seattle Department of Neighborhoods office, the 13 Neighborhood Service Centers, community centers, and libraries throughout Seattle.