In searching through the dozens of applications, Lizabeth Macoretta, executive director of West Mount Airy Neighbors, was reminded that little things go a long way.
One nominee in the community’s 50 Good Neighbors contest is a man who winter after winter has blown the snow off his block, from corner to corner.
There’s a dedicated baseball coach; a woman who drives her elderly neighbors to their doctor’s appointments; and a parent who donates school supplies to neighborhood students.
"We know who the business leaders are. We know who the religious leaders are," Macoretta says. "But what about the people who help neighbors on a regular basis? Those are the things we want to celebrate. The goal is to acknowledge people that make our community special."
The salute to civic responsibility coincides with the organization’s 50th anniversary. The deadline for nominations is April 15. There will be a tribute to the 50 Good Neighbors selected on June 8.
Such recognition, "it keeps our community vibrant," says Macoretta. "The more you know of your neighbors, they more you’re invested in the community, and the more you’re likely to stay."