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Neighbor's Day 

September 25, 2004

In an era of high tech communication and remote control everything, the days of block parties and neighborly get-togethers are few and far apart. Many of the friendly front porch American suburbs of decades past have become streets of strangers. Thanks to the Neighbor’s Day Initiative Group (NDIG), a publicly supported not-for-profit organization promoting safer neighborhoods through positive communication, many neighbors will finally find the time to walk outside and get to know the people we share every day of our lives with. On the last Saturday in September (September 25, 2004), thousands of Americans will once again take time out to say hi to their neighbors and try to rectify this collapse of community communication.

“Fifty years ago everyone knew their neighbors and we did not have violent crime and child abductions being common place,” states NDIG founder Mike Corrigan, 
"It’s (Neighbor’s Day) a real simple concept. Know your neighbors and safer neighborhoods will follow.”

Neighbor’s Day, founded in Ohio by writer Mike Corrigan, is already a state recognized day of celebration and growing nationally in popularity. Since 1999, school systems, community-minded individuals and organizations, and crime prevention groups have taken part in a month long series of activities and lessons focusing on teaching the responsibilities of being better neighbors. Students were given community-minded assignments designed to teach the youth of today the citizenship commitments of earlier decades. The Better Neighbors Program, NDIG’s youth efforts, has awarded thousands of dollars in scholarships to students who took part in the “Favor For A Neighbor Challenge” that allows kids to get a first hand experience at how good it feels to do good deeds.

 Last year for example, thanks in part to a grant given by the Division of Criminal Justice Services and the Bureau of Justice Assistance in West Virginia, NDIG continued its neighborly efforts and scholarship programs in Mon County West Virginia.With assistance from the Morgantown Police Department, Mon County Sheriff’s Department, and the DARE program, NDIG will challenge all citizens in the community to get out and do a “Favor For A Neighbor” on Neighbor’s Day.NDIG’s hope is to remind adults of the role model they must play for our children and give the youth of the community a chance to experience the benefits of doing good deeds in one’s community.Neighbor’s Day and its many activities create a tighter knit community with lower crime rates and healthier, safer environments for children.

NDIG hopes that all neighbors take a few hours on Neighbor’s Day to do a ‘Favor for a Neighbor’ and create a stronger neighborhood network. NDIG urges all individuals and groups to start planning their Neighbor’s Day activities immediately. From your classic block party to a simple “Hi neighbor”, the list of Neighbor’s Day festivities is endless. CLOSING

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