Say Hi to Your Neighbors Week in Review

REACH kicked off our new Small Actions Campaign at Back Pages Books in Waltham on February 1, 2012.  Approximately 40 people attended the event, including many local civic leaders, member of the business community and elected officials.  Read the full story in the Waltham News Tribune.

Jim Walker, photo editor of the Waltham News Tribune, shared some of his thoughts on Say Hi to Your Neighbors Week in his blog, Brand New Watch.

Through boston.com and Boston Globe West as well as Boston Magazine we were able to spread the message of Say Hi to Your Neighbors Week far and wide.

Sunday 2/5/12
Say Hi to Your Neighbors Week began on Sunday February 5th, and announcements were made about Say Hi Week at local places of worship including First Lutheran Church, First Parish Unitarian Universalist and Christ Church Episcopal.  The Waltham Public Library had a great Say Hi display with Hi Cards and neighborly books (like Mr. Rogers) displayed.

Monday 2/6/12
Local restaurant, In A Pickle, got Say Hi Week started on a great note. Owner Tim Burke came up with an innovative way to start a conversation with a neighbor you might not yet know, “Break the Ice with Icing.”  They took orders for FREE cupcakes on Monday to be sent to a neighbor later in the week. See their post on Facebook and read more at Brand New Watch.

The Waltham City Council even announced Say Hi Week at their meeting and City Councilors Ken Doucette and Diane LeBlanc brought Hi Cards for each of the Councilors.

Tuesday 2/7/12
Bob Marcou said “Hi” to 78 people outside of Marcou Jewelers on Moody Street.

The Waltham Patch helped to remind folks in Waltham to Say Hi.

Wednesday 2/8/12
Volunteers Roberta Factor and Jim Preston helped to Say Hi at the Waltham Senior Center and later pass out Hi Cards and posters along Moody Street. Ryan Grannan-Doll from the Waltham Patch joined us as we Said Hi.

Tim Burke, owner of In A Pickle, worked to hand deliver the Hi Cupcakes made by Yum Bunnies Cakery.  Ignacio Laguarda from the Waltham News Tribune accompanied the journey and shared some of the highlights here.

Thursday 2/9/12
Thursday, Representatives John Lawn and Tom Stanley helped to Say Hi to more than 162 people on Main Street in the afternoon.

Friday 2/10/12
Shopper’s Café was bustling on Friday night with many of Waltham’s media correspondents.  Jim Walker organized folks from the Waltham News Tribune, Waltham Patch, the Waltham Globe, and WCAC to stop by for a gathering at quitting time.  Sheriff Peter Koutoujian joined in to help Say Hi.  Check out the video of some of our media correspondents and the Sheriff as they Say Hi.

Saturday 2/11/12
Back Pages Books was the locale where the 1,000th Hi was logged as volunteers and residents Said Hi despite the light snow flurries.

Sunday 2/12/12
First Lutheran Church of Waltham and the Korean Hope Church had a joint worship service and reception as they met those they hadn’t met yet.

St. Mary’s Church made announcements about Say Hi to Your Neighbors week after the 10:00am Mass in English and the 11:30am Mass in Spanish.  Everyone who attended received a Hi Card on their way out the door.

On Sunday, we surpassed our goal of 2,012 “Hi”s and said Hi to more than 2,136 neighbors! Throughout this week, we also met another goal of raising awareness about domestic violence and increasing the number of community members who feel comfortable working towards prevention.

We would like to thank all of those who helped make this first part of our Small Actions Campaign a huge success.  Without the support of our local businesses and media, elected officials, faith and civic organizations, and each of you saying “Hi,” we could not have met our goal. By Saying Hi to our neighbors we are helping to build community; together, these Small Actions are helping to make a big difference here in Waltham.

Please visit the REACH Small Actions page to view our Say Hi to Your Neighbors map and to learn more about the Small Actions Campaign.  We would love to hear people’s experience of Say Hi to Your Neighbors week as well.  We look forward to next month when we focus on our second Small Action, Sharing a Cup of Coffee, beginning in March.