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Towns and Community to canvass neighborhoods as part of Good Neighbor Initiative

Post Date:08/16/2019 2:24 PM
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Marking its 16th year, the Good Neighbor Initiative (GNI) encourages students who live off campus to meet their neighbors, build community, and be mindful of their neighborhood. GNI is a collaborative partnership between the Town of Chapel Hill, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the Town of Carrboro, EmPOWERment Inc., the Marian Cheek Jackson Center, and many other community partners.

Starting at 4 p.m. Monday, Aug. 19, teams of Chapel Hill staff, Chapel Hill police officers, UNC-Chapel Hill students, UNC-Chapel Hill staff, community members, and other volunteers will walk around neighborhoods near campus. Teams will speak with residents about community services, local ordinances and good neighbor practices.

“It’s important for us to help students appreciate that there are small children, elderly, working families and young professionals who live right next door, and that they live in a neighborhood not dissimilar to the one they grew up in,” said Aaron Bachenheimer, executive director of Off-Campus Student Life and Community Partnerships at UNC-Chapel Hill.

“The Good Neighbor Initiative builds on our vibrant and inclusive community,” said Megan Peters, Community Connections Coordinator for the Town of Chapel Hill. “We encourage students to get involved in their neighborhoods.”

All residents are invited to GNI’s Community Cookout at the Hargraves Center on Thursday, Sept. 19, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. The cookout is designed to help neighbors meet each other and enjoy an evening of friendship, free food, live music, games and more. Food will be provided by BUNS and Ben & Jerry’s.

The Good Neighbor Initiative is year-long effort that includes regular outreach to students throughout the year. For more information about the Good Neighbor Initiative, visit or  

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