Five Ways to Be A Good Neighbor in April

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1)   Be Kind to the Earth: Earth Day is April 22. Here in the Silicon Valley numerous cities and organizations are doing fairs and other events to promote greener living. Check your city’s website for details. The Earth Day Network is encouraging individuals, corporations and organizations to commit to acts of earth care through its “Billion Acts of Green” Campaign. Make your own commitment to take one new green action this month. 

2)   Learn More About Autism: April is Autism Awareness Month. An alarming 1 in 110 U.S. children have some form of autism according to the U.S. Center for Disease Control. For boys, the estimate is one in 70. Check out Autism Speaks, or Autism Society of America to find out how you can help.

3)   Thank a Volunteer: April 10-16 is National Volunteer Week. Many agencies are taking the time to thank their volunteers during this week. If you know someone who volunteers, tell them “thank you” for their efforts!

4)   Take a Walk: With the warmer weather make a commitment to yourself that you will get out and walk every day. Better yet, ask one of your neighbors to walk with you. Having a buddy will keep you accountable to the new commitment. Make a point of saying ‘hello’ to other neighbors, and give yourself enough time to stop and talk for a few moments. You’ll be doing something good for your health, and the health of your neighborhood.

5)   Plant a Tree: April 29 is Arbor Day. The day to celebrate tree planting and care has been commemorated on the last Friday in April since 1872! No place to plant a tree? Consider donating money to the Arbor Day Foundation.

What are your ideas for being a good neighbor this month? Tell us!