If you’re considering a move, you may be worried
about replacing the comfort and support of family
and friends you’ll leave behind. Or maybe you’ve
completed a move and would like to meet more of
We’ll explore 10 ways you can utilize technology to
foster in-person connections with your neighbors,
make friends and get engaged in your local
1. Join Your Neighborhood’s Social Network
A growing number of neighborhoods are utilizing private
social networks like U.S.-based Nextdoor and Canadian-
based GoNeighbour. These platforms are a great way to
share neighborhood news, but don’t just use them to
connect virtually. Extend an invitation to your neighbors to
attend a block party or a park playdate for families.
2. Lend A Hand Volunteering your time and talents is a great way to meet
people who share a similar mission. Search for volunteer
opportunities you’re passionate about at VolunteerMatch.
3. Attend A Place Of Worship
Joining a local place of worship is a good way to meet
people who share your beliefs and values. There are a
variety of on-line resources available to help you find a
match in your area:
• Church Finder for Christian Churches
• MavenSearch for Jewish Synagogues
• Salatomati for Islamic Mosques
• All Hindu Temples for Hindu Temples
• Buddha Net for Buddhist Temples
4. Find An Interest Group
Whatever your favorite hobby or pastime, you’re guaranteed
to meet people who share your interests when you join an
interest group! The website Meetup.com has over 32 million
members in 288,000 groups in 182 countries. You can
search for a group that appeals to you ... from book clubs to
running groups to professional networking, they have it all.
5. Take A Class
Develop a skill while meeting people who share your
interests and passion for learning. Most community
colleges offer inexpensive classes on a variety of topics. To
search for one in your area, visit the American Association
of Community Colleges website or Schools In Canada.com.
6. Attend An Event
Search for a live event in your area at Eventbrite.com. Be
strategic about the type of event you choose to attend. For
example, it may be harder to meet people at a large festival
or concert. A retreat or a networking event could offer more
opportunities for one-on-one interaction.
7. Share Your Stuff
“Sharing communities” facilitate the free exchange of goods
among neighbors to reduce consumption and keep usable
items out of landfills. Nonprofit groups like The Freecycle
Network and Little Free Library are made up of people who
are giving (and getting) stuff for free in their own towns and
8. Support A Community Garden
Not only do community gardens beautify a neighborhood,
they also foster community, conserve resources and
reduce family food budgets. Visit the American Community
Gardening Association website to search for a community
garden in your neighborhood.
9. Carpool With A Coworker
Carpooling presents an opportunity to form a bond with
co-workers and/or neighbors during your daily commute.
A new wave of carpooling websites and apps aim to
revolutionize the way we commute by making it easier and
more convenient to carpool. Kangaride Local, Scoop and
Waze Carpool are just a few examples. Check to see if any
of these are available in your local area.
10. Participate In World Neighbors Day
The organizers behind World Neighbors Day promote it
as “an invitation to share a moment with your neighbors,
to get to know each other better and develop a real sense
of community.” Participants are encouraged to organize
gatherings with their neighbors to build relationships that
“form the fabric of our communities.” Whatever you do, be
sure to make your gathering inclusive and welcoming to all.