Seattle Neighbor Day
February 10, 2017 | by The Polyclinic

Neighbor Day, celebrated this year on Saturday, Feb. 11, 2017, is a special day set aside by the City of Seattle to engage in random acts of kindness in your local community.

How can you get involved for Seattle Neighbor Day?

  • Perform a nice deed for a neighbor or coworker: buy coffee, bake cookies or go on a walk.
  • Color with the kids. Download this Neighbor Day coloring sheet.
  • Organize an activity such as a game, outdoor outing, block party or group art project.
  • Host a neighborhood gathering such as a potluck or breakfast.
  • Share an inspirational story.
  • Introduce yourself to a neighbor you haven’t met.

How did Neighbor Day start?

Neighbor Appreciation Day, now Neighbor Day, started in 1995 when Mayor Norm Rice proclaimed the Saturday before Valentine’s Day as a day to “celebrate the goodness in those around us and to reach out to strengthen our bonds to each other.”

“Mental health can be supported by finding actionable ways to connect with others in meaningful ways,” says Kim Miles MSW, LICSW of The Polyclinic’s Behavioral Health Department. “Because the human brain has a tendency to notice problems, cultivating a balanced mental outlook often includes seeking out positive and hopeful information.” One way to do this, says Miles, is to read inspiring actions of everyday people such as the Carnegie Hero Fund Commission’s Awards for civilian heroism.

Each year The Polyclinic participates in the United Way’s Day of Caring to do just that: take time to connect our employees with our community. From volunteering at the Jewish Family Service Center to collecting items for Mary’s Place, Polyclinic employees have contributed time and resources to connect to our Seattle community.