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Good Neighbor Initiative begins with Celebrating National Good Neighbor Day September 28

September 15, 2014 08:16 AM

National Good Neighbor Day was instituted by Proclamation in 1978 by former President Jimmy Carter who said “As our Nation struggles to build friendships among the peoples of this world, we are mindful that the noblest concern is concern for others. Understanding, love and respect build cohesive families and communities. These same bonds cement our nation and 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.”


Not long ago, our neighborhoods felt like a smaller place and everybody knew everybody else in the neighborhood. Now many of us aren’t familiar with our neighbors and only speak to them in passing. Why not use National Good Neighbor Day September 28th as an opportunity to lend a proverbial cup of sugar and get to know the people who live nearby?


Our Good Neighbor Initiative in Park Ridge is committed to identifying individuals, especially those who are elderly or isolated and in need help after a flood, utility shut-off or just general assistance by providing them with direction to resources through local non for profit agencies that serve our community. We can all make a difference by being a Good Neighbor. Please remember the Health Division can be a great conduit to several agencies that are dedicated to helping residents.


Laura J Dee MM LEHP



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