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Give Back on Good Neighbor Day!

National observance seeks to inspire action across the U.S

Planting flowers in the park. Bringing cookies to your neighbor. Donating school supplies. You have the power to do good things. It’s part of being a good neighbor. But, did you know, there’s a national observance dedicated to actions like these?

It’s called Good Neighbor Day.

Observed annually on the 28th of September, Good Neighbor Day is a reminder we all play a role in strengthening communities. It began in 1978, when President Jimmy Carter proclaimed September 28th National Good Neighbor Day by stating:

“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 this world.”


This year, and every year – the observance provides an opportunity to give back.

Take part in the celebration! Here are three things to consider:

  1. Volunteer: On Good Neighbor Day, consider giving back to your community. The State Farm Neighborhood of Good® can identify outreach opportunities near you. Here’s how it works: * Visit®

    • Select what you’re passionate about (for example: animals, education, the environment)
    • Enter your zip code to find volunteer opportunities related to your location and interests.
  2. Give back in other ways: Small acts equal big impact. According to a State Farm® study, lack of time is one of the biggest barriers to volunteering. 77% of respondents also preferred to volunteer with people they know. With this in mind, here’s a few ideas to do good as a group:
    • Go outside: Find a park or beach that needs to be cleaned up. Feel great about making an immediate difference.
    • Meet your elders: Grab a board game and sign up to visit a nursing home or assisted living facility. Often, residents look forward to sharing their stories and making new memories.
    • Cook a healing meal: Help a family or friend after illness, injury or even birth by making dinner and bringing it to their home.
    • Get active: Volunteer as a group for a charity walk or run. Kids can hand out water or snacks and cheer on participants.
    • Invite others to the party: When planning birthday or block parties, ask for donations instead of gifts to fill care packages for a local cause.
  3. Enlist others to join you: List it on! Find volunteers, get more exposure, and grow your cause. Visit  to get started.

Whatever you do, give back and have a Happy Good Neighbor Day!

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