Inaugural “Nice Neighbors Day” is Sept. 26 in Linden Hills

In advance of the first-ever Nice Neighbors Day on Sept. 26, volunteers can sign up to clean gutters, mulch at Linden Hills Park, or sort books at Linden Hills Library.

“This is what neighborhoods should be about,” said Linden Hills Neighborhood Council board member Diana Neidecker. “Kindness and helping your neighbors and finding time to give back.”

She said neighborhood organizations spend lots of time locked in conversations about zoning laws and other issues, and she hopes to offer an uplifting alternative. She is coordinating the event along with fellow board member Jamie Long. Neidecker has previously organized a “kindness flash mob” on Nicollet Mall, sending volunteers to pass out 60 bunches of flowers to passersby. She founded and sold a monthly subscription business called the Be Nice Box, which sends gifts to the recipient along with ideas about simple and affordable ways to share kindness. Now she’s translating her philosophy into a neighborhood event.

“We are the first ones doing a big neighborhood act of kindness,” she said. “How cool.”

To sign up for a project, visit volunteerspot.com and enter an email address (no need to create an account or password).