Want to meet your neighbours and build stronger communities?

Your neighbourhood is filled with talented, passionate people just like you, who care about your community.

United Way’s Hi Neighbour Initiative helps you meet them and works with you to create opportunities to make a difference in your community in ways that matter most to you. 

It starts with acts of local love. It might be as simple as saying hello to someone on the street, as fun as hosting a block party or as exciting as building a new community garden.

Why it matters

Making connections and creating places and spaces where people feel welcome and a part of a community makes people’s lives better. That’s because loneliness and isolation are increasing. You and Hi Neighbour are the antidote!

When we get together, share and create the fabric of a community or neighbourhood becomes stronger, more vibrant and inclusive. When people are connected to their neighbours, they feel safer, less socially isolated, and healthier and that’s great for everyone.

Hi Neighbour Communities

Meet our team

These fine folks are out and about in our Hi Neighbour communities helping people just like you make their neighbourhoods more connected. 

Andrea

Andrea

Andrea and her good friend, Milo, the pygmy goat, make the Fraser Valley their home. Look for them in Sardis in Chilliwack and Cedar Valley in Mission. 

Amber

Amber

Amber is a long-time Port Coquitlam resident and a passionate community builder. She works in Burke Mountain.

Ivy

Ivy

Ivy’s curiosity makes her a natural when it comes to community building. Ivy can be found in Lower Lonsdale in North Vancouver and Sunset in Vancouver. 

Misha

Misha

Misha’s super power is listening. Which you can find her ready to do in these neighbourhoods Clayton Heights in Surrey and Edmonds in Burnaby.  

I’d like to try this on my own

Here are some fun, easy ways to connect with your neighbours. 

Let’s have a (block) party!

Friends, food and fun! Block parties are a great way to get together with your neighbours. Check out our guide on how to throw a great party.

What is the Acts of Local Love card deck challenge?

 

local love card deckThe 31-day challenge is a simple to use card deck that will inspire you to carry out one act of local love every day.

Take the challenge as an individual or get together with family, friends or neighbours and challenge them to share the love!

Why? Because small things add up. 

Click here to take the challenge.

three volunteers sweeping sidewalksShare your talents and your skills!

Here are 7 talents you can use to give back to your community.

More ways to connect with your neighbours

Get together with your neighbours

It’s a great way to get to know them.

Get together with your neighbours. It’s a great way to get to know them.  Offer to host an activity or party in your neighbourhood or work with a local businesses or community group to get something started.

Share your time and talent

It’s a great way to connect with neighbours.

Share your time and talent. It’s a great way to connect with neighbours. Spread the word by attending events, posting your skills and talents at a local coffee shop, by stopping to talk to your neighbour or by sharing on social with #HiNeighbour.

Create something

Create a mini-project, gathering or activity in your neighbourhood.

Create a mini project, gathering or activity in your neigbhourhood. It helps you get to know your neighbours– the family down the street, the senior who lives next door and the teen you see in the playground.

Want to have Hi Neighbour work with your community?

Creating connections with your neighbours is joyful and inspiring. But knowing how to start can sometimes seem challenging. That’s where United Way’s Hi Neighbour Initiative can help. We have experience and know-how to help support your dreams for your community.

Hi Neighbour, helping people connect to their communities

Working together makes all the difference when it comes to building community, according to United Way of the Lower Mainland research. Volunteering is 21% more meaningful when you do it with people you know. It’s something students from Clayton Heights Secondary School completely agree with. Earlier this month, 30 Grade 10 Math students travelled from

Field of Dreams

Soccer helps create community The empty, lush grass field of Burke Mountain’s Victoria Park left Robert Birungi wondering who owned it. In his native Uganda, he says only the very wealthy could own or afford to play on grounds like this. “I asked my wife are we allowed to use this,” Robert says. “She said

Pulling for success

Take a walk along Spirit Trail near Bewicke Park in Lower Lonsdale around 6 PM most week nights and you’ll probably see Kaylana and her friends, ages 5-14, out training on the water. They’re the Lil’ Geese or ḵ’émḵ’emay, part of the Squamish Nation’s North Vancouver Canoe Club youth squad. This innovative war canoeing program

North Shore businesses foster local love and social purpose

Every business owner wants their company to become a pillar of the community. Lower Lonsdale entrepreneurs Anroe and Nicole Aserson, owners of O’Canadawg hot dog stands, are a great example.  Community building through cleaning up Littering was becoming a growing problem in their neighbourhood, and Anroe and Nicole wanted to help. Along with a fellow

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