Oftentimes, you might have a neighbor who could use a little help with something in their life. Whether they’re recovering from an injury, just lost a loved one, had a baby, or are elderly, there are various reasons someone in your neighborhood could need some help with errands or tasks around the house. Develop your relationships with your neighbors and maintain communication so you know if they have something going on in their lives they could use help with. Looking after and helping out your neighbors is a great way to participate in informal philanthropy in your neighborhood and make the community a better place.

Talk to them

Sometimes, all someone needs is a trusted person to talk to. They might be going through a stressful time in their life, but having someone to talk to can help relieve that stress and make things a little easier to manage. Regularly visit your neighbors and let them know you’re there if they ever need someone to talk to. Be as supportive as you can and your neighbors will know that you’re there when they need you.

Clean their yard

No matter who you are, cleaning up your yard as the seasons change isn’t exactly a fun (or easy) chore. For some people, it’s nearly impossible to clear away leaves, snow, or mow the lawn. If you think your neighbor could use the help, volunteer to help them out or let them know you’ll take care of snow removal for them so they don’t have to worry about it.

Help out in the house

For people who are sick or elderly, taking care of everything within their home can be overwhelming. They have to regularly clean, make sure everything is functioning properly, and manage other household tasks. Volunteer to help out with some of these if there are times your neighbor just can’t handle everything all at once. It’s going to take up some time, but giving your neighbor this gift is invaluable.

Drive them places

If you know your neighbor recently had surgery or cannot freely drive like they used to, offer to drive them places if they need it. When you’re home in the evenings, check in to see if they need anything or offer to take them with you when you head to the grocery store. Many people are incapable of driving and have to rely on public transportation or others to help them out. Even if you can only occasionally drive them places, it helps displace some of the stress.

Take them food

When your neighbor is sick, suffered a loss, or recently had a baby, they probably don’t have much time to worry about cooking and taking care of themselves. Even if your neighbor is healthy, invite them over for dinner so they don’t have to worry about cooking for a night. It also gives you a chance to get to know each other and talk, which leads to better neighbor relationships.