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A helping hand: Neighborhood commission launches Toolbox to celebrate Good Neighbor Week

Staff reports • Sep 23, 2018 at 8:00 AM

KINGSPORT — The couple next door, the family up the street, the kids that wave to you as you drive by their yard —these are all your neighbors. Being someone’s neighbor isn’t always about proximity, and being a good neighbor means more than just living next door to someone.

The Kingsport Neighborhood Commission is launching an online Neighborhood Toolbox to commemorate Kingsport’s first official Good Neighbor Week.

Every year on Sept. 28, there’s a little-known national holiday to recognize the importance of fostering respect and compassion for our neighbors. In an age where it’s easy to feel disconnected from one another, National Good Neighbor Day commemorates those neighborly relationships that are so important to building a thriving community.

In 1978, President Jimmy Carter officially declared Good Neighbor Day a national holiday.

“The noblest human concern is concern for others,” the proclamation reads. “Understanding, love, and respect build cohesive families and communities. … For most of us, this sense of community is nurtured and expressed in our neighborhoods where we give each other an opportunity to share and feel part of a larger family.”

The Kingsport Neighborhood Commission — formed at the end of 2017 — is a 12-person volunteer group that serves to strengthen the Model City’s neighborhoods by providing a communication channel between neighborhoods and the city, as well as providing guidance on neighborhood solutions.

The commission also hopes to help you and your neighbors in more direct ways. That’s why, as part of Good Neighbor Week here in Kingsport, the commission is launching a Neighborhood Toolbox.

This online Neighborhood Toolbox provides you with all kinds of resources in a user-friendly, easy-to-read format. You’ll learn how to pay bills online, how to protect your family in an emergency, how to form a neighborhood association, and much more.

To find the Neighborhood Toolbox, navigate to www.kptneighborhoods.com and click the “Toolbox” icon.