UPDATE JULY 2019: Volunteer with us! Be a part of our annual Neighborhood Walk.
Join Chapel Hill community members - including UNC students, UNC faculty and staff, Town residents, Town staff, police officers, elected officials, and fire department personnel who have a vested interest in the health, safety and success of our neighborhoods. We'll be going door-to-door in various neighborhoods communicating the message of the Good Neighbor Initiative. Sign up here.
Be Kind. Be Mindful. Be a Good Neighbor.
The Good Neighbor Initiative (GNI) is a collaborative partnership between the Town of Chapel Hill, UNC Chapel Hill, the Town of Carrboro, EmPowerment Inc., the Jackson Center, and other community partners. The initiative began in 2004 with an effort by the Chapel Hill Police Department to make door-to-door visits to student-rental properties in the Northside and Pine Knolls neighborhoods that had been trouble spots for loud noise and disruptive behavior. The idea was to talk to students before the academic year got underway about the local laws and ordinances that, if followed, would reduce the likelihood of problems between neighbors and visits from the police.
Over time, the geographic scope of the initiative has grown to include Northside, Pine Knolls, Cameron-McCauley neighborhoods, as well as Lloyd-Broad in Carrboro, North Street, Davie Circle, and the Dawes Street/Coolidge St areas.
The Good Neighbor Initiative has grown to include over 70 volunteers participating in the door to door walk, with over 1200 homes visited, plus a Community Cookout to bring student and non-student residents together in the spirit of community. GNI is about promoting positive living experiences in those neighborhoods where students and non-students live in close proximity.
The Fall 2019 GNI Community Cookout will be on Thursday, September 19, 5:30pm, at the Hargraves Center. All are welcome!
Being a neighbor is easy. Being a good neighbor is simple, but takes a little more thought.
Meet Your Neighbors
When you move into a new neighborhood make sure you meet the folks who live around you. When someone moves into your neighborhood, make an effort to introduce yourself to them. Consider exchanging phone numbers; this could be especially useful if there is an emergency.
Know Your Neighbors
Are your neighbors a family with young children, a retired elderly couple or someone who gets up for work early in the morning, or a student? If you know this information, you will have a better chance of knowing their community expectations.
Help Your Neighbors
A neighbor can help by letting you borrow an item, collecting your mail while you are away, or calling the police if there is suspicious activity. Maybe your neighbor could use help getting their trash to the curb each week.
Respect Your Neighbors
Consider how your lifestyle may be having a positive or negative impact on your community. Are you taking steps that will help you fit into your neighborhood and establish a positive relationship with your neighbors? Or are you creating an environment which is putting you at odds with your neighbors? Some behavior is regulated by the law or town ordinance, but some behavior is unacceptable by unwritten community standards. You may not always agree with your neighbor, but try to respect the reasonable community expectations that have been established in the neighborhood. If a neighbor asks you to adjust your behavior due to it bothering them, give their request some serious consideration. You may be able to compromise.
Communicate With Your Neighbors
Keep the lines of communication open. If there is a concern, it could be addressed early to avoid any long-term tension. If you are having a party, let your neighbor know and ask them to call you if there are any concerns. Be sure to address the concerns or they may call the police first the next time.
For more information about GNI, or if you have questions/concerns, please contact:
UNC-CH Off-Campus Student Life | email@example.com | 919-843-5827
The Town of Chapel Hill Department of Housing and Community | firstname.lastname@example.org | 919-968-2756
The Town of Carrboro Economic and Community Development | email@example.com | 919-918-7319