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The Crook County Foundation urges locals to become better neighbors through simple acts of kindness and care

CENTRAL OREGONIAN - Brandi EbnerThe current world around us feels like it is full of negativity, and it seems that many people have lost their kindness, empathy and good will toward man.

It is understandable, the last 18 to 24 months of our lives have been filled with controversial topics that have driven wedges between family, friends and our community.

Sept. 28 is National Good Neighbor Day, and we are excited to be launching a challenge promoting 30 days of neighborliness in Crook County. Our goal with this challenge is to encourage people to get back to what our community is known for — it's kindness and welcoming nature.

Good Neighbor Day was created in 1978 under President Carter with Proclamation 4601: "As our Nation struggles to build friendship among the peoples of this world, we are mindful that the noblest human concern is concern for others. Understanding, love and respect build cohesive families and communities. The same bonds cement our Nation and the nations of 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 … I call upon the people of the United States and interested groups and organizations to observe such day with appropriate ceremonies and activities."

The theory is simple — good neighbors make great neighborhoods! There are five mindsets behind building great neighborhoods (which in turn lead to great communities): connection, invitation, celebration, awareness and availability. When you work to get to know and support your neighbors, it creates a safe and compassionate environment for everyone in the area. This can then extend beyond traditional neighborhood streets and into all aspects of your life and the broader community.

Between Sept. 28 and Oct. 28, the Crook County Foundation is urging everyone in Crook County to work to become a better neighbor through simple acts of kindness and care such as: introducing yourself to all of your neighbors and sharing contact information; hosting a yard clean-up day and assist those who are unable to do the work themselves; baking a special treat and gifting your co-workers, friends or neighbors with it; invite someone to go on a walk or bike ride with you; hold a door for a stranger; provide a compliment to someone; send a handwritten note just because; or simply wave and say hello to those you pass. Acts do not need to cost money, take much time, or be extravagant — they simply need to be a no-strings-attached positive act towards others.

For an extra incentive, during the 30-day challenge, we ask that you submit these acts to our contest via our website (www.CrookCountyFoundation.org) or on a paper form at the Crook County Library. Whether you performed the act or received it, we want to hear about it! Winners will be drawn for a local gift cards and prizes.

The Crook County Foundation is proud to have been involved with building a better community for over two decades. Throughout the month, we will be sharing the acts submitted through our Facebook page and on our website. Our hope is that they will help inspire others to take part and do a kind action themselves. There is no limit to how many acts you can submit into the contest. Please visit our website for full details. We know that this town and county is filled with kind and wonderful people, and we are looking forward to reading the amazing stories that we receive.

If you would like to volunteer to be on any of our committees, donate to our programs, or assist in another way, please contact us by calling 541-362-1976 or reaching out via email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. To learn more about our organization, events and initiatives, visit www.CrookCountyFoundation.org.


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