Five Ways to be a Good Neighbor in March

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Each month we offer up five suggestions of how to be a good neighbor, either in your neighborhood, the larger Bay Area, or the world. Here are five ideas for March. From encouraging children and teens, to being an urban farmer for a day, to celebrating Women’s History Month, you can make a difference this month. Got more ideas? Share them in the comments section.

  1. Encourage Courage: Kids Enjoy Exercise Now (KEEN) invites volunteers to help “coach” young special needs athletes. Each coach is paired with a child that has disabilities such as autism, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, or other developmental issues. The coach helps the child participate in sports activities, and have a good time while playing. There are two opportunities to serve in San Francisco on March 4 and 18, from 1 to 4:30 p.m. Sign up through handsonbayarea.org.
  2. Farmer For A Day: Full Circle Farm in Sunnyvale would love to have you come till some soil for a few hours. Or do some weeding, planting, composting and harvesting. It’s all to keep the organization’s community garden, an outdoor classroom for thousands of local students each year, in tip top shape. There’s an opportunity on Saturday, March 24, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.; sign-ups are also through handsonbayarea.org. Got your own backyard farm? Don’t miss Full Circle’s Spring Garden Plant Sale, on Sunday, March 25, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The farm is located at 1055 Dunford Way, Sunnyvale.
  3. Help the Girl Scouts Celebrate 100 Years: March 12 marks 100 years since the very first troop meeting in Savannah, GA. Tell a Girl Scout happy anniversary, and thank her leaders for their volunteer efforts. Donations in honor of the century mark are of course welcome. See the Girl Scouts Northern California website for more information.
  4. Tell a Kid He/She is Absolutely Incredible: March 15 is National Absolutely Incredible Kid Day. It was started 16 years ago by Camp Fire USA as a way to encourage adults to tell the kids around them through a letter how incredible they are. You can download special free stationery from Camp Fire’s website. You can also post a message to your child or a young friend on the Absolutely Incredible Kid Day Facebook page.
  5. Celebrate Women’s History Month: Take note of the contribution of women throughout history through events and education. There’s a peace march on Thursday, March 8, “Join Me On The Bridge”, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Golden Gate Bridge. Women all over the world meet on bridges on this day in their communities to march in support of women in war-torn countries. On Saturday, March 10, the San Francisco Maritime Park is hosting The Living History Players, who will recreate a women’s suffragette march in period dress. You can see the march at either noon or 3 p.m. At 2 p.m. there’s a “Ladies Salon”, where you can join the suffragettes in a conversation about issues of importance to women. All month long you can support Bay Area female playwrights by attending performances at the 3Girl Theater in San Francisco. Can’t visit the city? KQED TV and radio stations are airing shows all month about women. Download a complete schedule for show times. Get educated and share what you’ve learned with friends.