September 28th is National Good Neighbor Day, a day that we like to celebrate all month long by highlighting neighbors who are doing things big and small to positively impact their community.
Today, we’d like you to meet Ted, a neighbor from the quiet city of Whittier, CA who was eager to learn more about his new community. Ted discovered a Chinese buffet in Whittier and found the food so delicious that he felt compelled to share his experience on Nextdoor. The post received dozens of responses from both new and longtime residents who had never heard of or tried the restaurant. The next time he went, Ted decided to invite his Nextdoor neighbors along, and, just like that, the Whittier Dinner Club was born!
The Whittier Dinner Club now visits a new local business each month, gathering hundreds of neighbors of all ages and backgrounds together to get to know each other, share stories, and support the local businesses that make their community unique.
The Whittier Dinner Club has brought such joy to Ted’s life, that he’s shared some tips for how you can start a similar club in your neighborhood:
- Invite your Nextdoor community to nominate their favorite restaurants, and browse through your Nextdoor Neighborhood Favorites to find the businesses neighbors love. Note: try to stay away from big restaurant chains and instead support local!
- Make sure you pick a restaurant that can accommodate groups and has a variety of menu options for everyone. If the restaurant requires a deposit or additional service charge, ask your neighbors to help chip in to avoid fronting the event with your own wallet.
- Ask neighbors to RSVP via Nextdoor, email, or phone. Be sure to send reminders about the location and time closer to the event, but don’t get discouraged if not everyone shows up.
- Provide name badges or labels for guests to fill out. The labels can also include a fun fact or conversation starter to break the ice!
- Keep it casual, and have FUN!
While technology may make people feel more connected than ever before, connecting online is only part of the solution. Study after study shows that face-to-face connections and friendships lead to longer, happier lives. Take inspiration from the Whittier Dinner Club and get to know your neighbors by starting a dinner club Group on Nextdoor!
Is there someone in your community that deserves a Good Neighbor Spotlight? Let us know in the comments below!
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