Recently, most of us have experienced dramatic change in the amount of face-to-face interactions we have with people at work, school, and church. At the same time, more people are out walking in our neighborhoods than ever before. As a result, we have a unique opportunity to build connections with the people that live near us that will make a big difference in their lives, and in ours. The key is learning how to maintain six feet apart by using virtual tools!
Given these very difficult times, your Pine Ridge Civic Association Board would like to help. At the April 1, 2020 PRCA meeting, the board discussed ways to constructively occupy our time and possibly check in on our neighbors. Here are some suggestions:
PRCA VIRTUAL EVENTS
We are looking for volunteers to offer ‘Virtual Events’. With so many people sheltering in place for the quarantine we thought that it would be nice for those of you with special interests or talents to offer to share those interests or talents with others. Please see the list below for what you will need to provide for your Virtual Event. If you would like to volunteer to hold a Virtual Event please email us at Activities@pineridgecivicassociation.org
Note: The links to Virtual Events will be posted on our PRCA website
NextDoor ‘HELP MAP’ HELP
There are also several resources already out there. Here are just a few:
Pine Ridge Next Door
VIRTUAL ‘MEETUPS’ - www.meetup.com
Fairfax County Library - bit.ly/FX_Remote_Learning
Fairfax County Library LinkedIn Learning - www.lynda.com/in/linkedin-learning
Miscellanous courses on a variety of topics - www.thegreatcourses.com
REACH OUT VIA E-MAIL OR PHONE - ESPECIALLY to OLDER and AT RISK NEIGHBORS
Reach out to these neighbors over the phone or by e-mail. Your phone message or conversation or email could be:
My name is [INSERT YOUR NAME] and I live two doors down from you on [INSERT YOUR ADDRESS]. I just want you to know that I am willing to help if you need anything. My family and I feel healthy and we will be sure to wash our hands and wipe down anything that you might need us to bring you. It would be great to talk on the phone or text message when you have a chance. My cell phone number is [INSERT YOUR PHONE #]. Thanks, [INSERT YOUR NAME]
If you don't have their contact information and you are well, you could knock on their door, take a few steps back, and introduce yourself and ask if they need anything. If they are interested, set a reminder on your phone to check in with them on a regular basis.
[NOTE: As always, social distancing and hygiene are needed. Wear a facemask and wash your hands before and after delivering an item. Also, wipe everything down to sanitize it before delivering it to them.]
WHEN YOU SEE PEOPLE OUTSIDE, TALK TO THEM… FROM A DISTANCE
One-minute conversations are a big deal when it comes to building relationships in our neighborhood. Get to know new neighbors or say hi to those you’ve known for a while; from a distance of course. If your neighbors are newer maybe set a goal to know three new ones each week etc.
Asking short, thoughtful questions could be good conversation starters:
Don't hesitate to ask for help or to share how you are doing.