How are you doing with your new year’s resolution? Each year we make a resolve to use the new year to improve our lives, but this year, why not make it your resolution to help improve your neighborhood?

Here are five easy ways that you can improve the health or your neighborhood this year.

1. Say Hi – Be a friendly face in your neighborhood to develop a welcoming environment. When you see your neighbors, or even people walking down the street, wave or ask how they are doing. People who should be there will appreciate it, and people who are up to no good don’t want to be noticed, so even a small recognition can make a big difference.

2. Get to know your neighbors – In case of an emergency, it is nice to know that there is someone who has your back. Knowing your neighbors is also a great way to be proactive about preventing crime in your neighborhood. If your neighbor knows you, they will also know when something doesn’t seem right with your home and when they should call police. A great way to get to know your neighbors is by starting or joining a Safe Streets Neighborhood Group.Click here to find a group near you!

3. If you see something, say something – If you are in Tacoma and you see a broken streetlight, a dangerous building site or anything else that needs fixing, you can call 311 or use Tacoma First and report it to the appropriate city department. Many times the only way officials know that there is a problem that needs to be addressed is when residents report it.

4. Pick up litter – No matter where you live, there’s likely to be litter of some kind. Do your part to keep the neighborhood nice and tidy by cleaning up around where you live. You can tackle the larger cleaning jobs by starting a neighborhood clean-up day. Choose a section of your neighborhood, like a community park, and invite your neighbors, friends and family to come together to pick up trash, plant trees and more. You can have fun making your community beautiful again!

5. Go for a walk – A lot of us lead busy lives, and don’t take the time that we should to be active in our neighborhood. Commit to making change by taking daily strolls around your neighborhood. Take in all aspects of your community, the good and bad. Identify what you want to support and what you want to change, then go out and do it! Even one person can move mountains when they put their mind to it, so start today!

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