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Neighboring Tip of the Week - Send a thank-you note to your City Councilperson.

While this tip may not involve direct contact with one of your neighborhood neighbors, it does involve direct contact with one of your neighbors within the community as a whole.

Here is how to get started:

·      You can usually find your city councilperson’s contact information on your city’s website. If not, you can call your city office and ask.

·      Once you have this information, you can write your note! Be kind; be genuine. It would be great if you can identify a specific action your councilperson has taken that you are grateful for, but if you can’t do this, simply thank them for their time.

Here are a few possible benefits from this action:

First, a city council position is often one of the most underappreciated positions in civic government. Your note of gratitude is sure to surprise and refresh someone in a tough job. When addressed personally, the note also creates a positive, personal connection. Now you know your city councilperson’s name and they know yours!

Second, writing a thank-you note is also beneficial for you! Whether or not you’re pleased with the work your city is doing in your neighborhood, writing a note of gratitude will help nurture an attitude of thankfulness.

As an additional bit of information, most city council members have a social media presence. This is also a great way to keep in touch with your city councilperson and what they are doing. If you use any social media platform, take the opportunity to search for your city councilperson, and if they have an account, “friend” or “follow” them!

Your city councilperson is working for the good of both your district and your city as a whole. Let’s take the opportunity to give them the gratitude that they deserve.

Happy neighboring!