Making the move to a new city can simultaneously be stressful and exciting. While packing up one house and unpacking into another is a lengthy and often strenuous process, being in unchartered territory is the perfect excuse to explore new sights and places.
While adventuring through a new city is fun, it can be difficult to make connections with those around you and your family. However, for those considering buying homes in Utah, Utah is one of the most community-oriented states, making it easy for new residents to feel connected in their neighborhoods.
Here are a few ways to get involved in your new community:
One of the best ways to get to know those in your community is to introduce yourself to your neighbors. For example, for those buying a Daybreak home, this tight-knit community is the picture of friendliness. The area was created around the idea of inspiring community amongst neighbors, as each neighborhood has community parks, recreational events, and is only a quick walk or jog to the local shopping center.
Once you have started settling into your new home, consider having your neighbors over for a backyard barbecue, or introducing yourself by setting up a playdate for your kids. Even though it puts you in a vulnerable position, getting to know your neighbors as soon as possible is one of the best ways to feel apart of the community.
- Community Volunteer
Most areas have a community center where you and your family can volunteer to help out with various events. In communities like Daybreak, there are often weekend events like 5k runs or fun festivals. You can participate in the event by joining in or by offering a helping hand. Participating in these events can help you feel a sense of loyalty to your new community. Not only are you establishing yourself in the community, you get the chance to meet others and start forging relationships.
Additionally, consider hosting a community meeting at your home. By opening up your home, you are giving people the opportunity to get to know you.
- School Volunteer
Once your children are back in school, volunteer for the PTA or as a class parent volunteer. You will get the chance to meet other parents, get to know your children’s teachers, and truly get invested within the walls of your new community.
- Classes and Clubs
Whether it’s a spin class at the gym or an art class at the community center, joining a class can help you get to know others who are interested in the same things you are. In fact, there are usually community center classes that involve the entire family, which can help your children feel integrated into the community as well.
Or, consider joining a community club like a running club or a book club. These activities will help you immerse yourself into the community.
Moving to a new community can be difficult, especially if you do not know anyone locally. However, using these tips can help you feel like a member of the community.
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