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Make a Difference in Your Neighborhood at the Good Neighbor Day 2022

Many local projects are waiting for you to register at the upcoming Good Neighbor Day on November 12, 2022. Here are a few projects in north College Park. Please see below the project descriptions and the links the registration link to volunteer.

1. Beautify Hollywood Elementary School
9811 49th Ave. College Park, Maryland 20740
Trim Trees and Bushes – Clean out Bush Beds and Spread Mulch in those areas – Clean out weeds between sidewalk cracks – Sweep up sidewalks and streets -Plant pollinating and native plants around the building – Collect loose Tree Branches – Trim Trees and Trim Bushes – Clean out weeds between sidewalk cracks.
Please register here:

2. Beautify Al-Huda School
5301 Edgewood Rd, College Park, Md 20740
Planting flowers in the current raised flower beds, installing trellises with climbing roses against the school building, installing a few decorative planters, and assembling new benches to create an atmosphere for the students to enjoy and where staff can relax, eat and talk to their peers during breaks or leisure time.

Please register here:

3. Build a Tiny Library
5301 Edgewood Rd, College Park, Md 20740
Build a tiny library for K-4th grade books to be installed at the North College Park Hollywood Park and/or the College Park Youth and Family Service Center.
Register Here:

4. Remove Invasive Species, Beautify College Park
United Methodist Church 9601 Rhode Island Avenue, College Park, MD 20740
Volunteers will remove overgrown bamboo, weeds, poison ivy, and bushes, as well as spread
Please register here:

5. Plant Pollinator-Friendly Plants: Lackawanna and 53rd
Lackawanna St. and 53rd Ave.
Volunteers will plant a selection of native, pollinator-feeding, flowering herbaceous plants in the eastern islands at Lackawanna St. and 53rd Ave. (entrance to the Greenbelt Metro Station). This will require digging space for root balls, placing plants in the ground, and landscaping the surface around the plants.
Please register here:

6. Place Medallions on Storm Drains to Prevent Dumping
9801 Rhode Island Ave, College Park, MD 20740 (MOM’s parking lot)
Place 80+ medallions on storm drains on frequently traveled streets in College Park. Medallions are easy to place with the glue provided by Committee for Better Environment – no special training.
Please register here:

7. Plant Front Garden and Restore Rear Garden at American Legion Post 217
9218 Baltimore Ave, College Park, MD 20740
Plant flowers, weeds, mulch, and trim bushes in the front garden. Perform flower bed maintenance in the rear garden, including trimming bushes and picking up branches, sticks and yard waste.
Please register here:

8. Design a Pollinator Garden for Veterans of the American Legion Post 217
9218 Baltimore Ave, College Park, MD 20740
Volunteers will be designing and setting up a Pollinator Garden with pollinator-friendly plants, a rain barrel, and installing several “Bee Hotels for Wild Bees”. During this project, we will also learn what and why we are using the following plants, such as items that bloom in early spring and throughout the summer. Willow, maple, redbud, and wild cherry provide pollen for early emerging mason bees. Later blooming wildflowers such as purple coneflower, black-eyed Susan, and bee balm provide foraging resources for leafcutter bees.
Please register here:

9. Assist Residents of Attack Towers with Decluttering
9014 Rhode Island Ave College Park MD 20740
Residents at Attick Towers will place unwanted items in hallways, and volunteers will remove them from the hallways and put them in a dumpster; Volunteers will also collect unwanted documents to be shredded.
Please register here:

10. Friendly Phone Call with a Senior Resident
Virtual Volunteers will make calls to residents aging in place who feel disconnected and dealing with isolation
Please register here:

11. Help Teach IT Skills to Residents of Attick Towers
9014 Rhode Island Ave College Park MD 20740
The volunteers will be conducting an IT workshop with interested residents. They will have questions about doing things on their iPhones or androids. They may also have some questions about how to use computers. We would like them to bring down their phones, tablets, etc, to use during the event. The HACCP also has a couple of computers that can be used to demonstrate how to do certain things for the residents.
Please register here:

12. Good Neighbor Day 2022 Senior Services Personal Hygiene Supplies
9014 Rhode Island Ave College Park, MD 20740
Distribute personal hygiene supplies to senior residents
Please register here:

13. Beautify the Cherry Hill Park
4620 Cherry Hill Rd, College Park, MD 20740
Assist Park Rangers in removing litter from Cherry Hill Community Park. This includes litter on land and in ponds.
Please register here:

14. Good Neighbor Annual Food Drive
IKEA College Park
Volunteer to take and sort food donations
Pack Meals for the Hungry at IKEA College Park. Package shelf-stable meals to combat food insecurity within the College Park community.
Please register here:

Here you can see the complete list of service projects and links to register them on M-NCPPC’s website.

Good Neighbor Day – CANCELLED

Unfortunately, due to the inclement weather forecast, Good Neighbor Day (which was scheduled for tomorrow) has been canceled.

Event’s partners and planning committee made a collective decision to cancel the large-scale service event because of challenges the weather would create for the majority of projects.

Donations will be received by the UMD Campus Pantry and College Park Community Food Bank as planned. The safety of volunteers and everyone involved takes precedence, according to the organizers.

The event organizers appreciate the support that has surrounded this event. We anticipated over 800 volunteers to participate in Good Neighbor Day this year for 20 service projects, said in a statement.

UMD’s Office of Community Engagement will be following up to provide further details on other ways to stay connected in the community and potential opportunities for Good Neighbor Day projects to take place at a later date.

Registration Now Open for 2015 Good Neighbor Day

The local residents and the UMD community members are invited to join the community for Good Neighbor Day 2015 – a day of service and partnership between the University, the City of College Park, and the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC). The organisers focus on clean-up efforts that contribute to a great quality of life for all College Park residents and celebrate being a good neighbor, every day of the year. – See more at:

In Picture – Good Neighbor Day, 2014

Today is Good Neighbor Day – Celebrate the Fruit Of Being a Good Neighbor

Today is Good Neighbor Day. Good Neighbor Day is all about developing relationships between the University, the City, businesses & non-profits  and our city’s residents, rolling up our sleeves, beautifying our community, and having a good time!

This year’s Good Neighbor’s Day will take place EXCLUSIVELY in north College Park. Good Neighbor Day is a chance for everybody to give back: whatever your skill set, your age, or your level of physical mobility, we have a variety of different service-learning projects and there’s guaranteed to be a project with your name on it!

Here is the list of exciting projects we’ll work on today.

1.      Non Native Plants Removal and Trash pickup:  Sunnyside, Hollywood Commercial District, Hollywood Elementary School. Calling all naturalists!  Help eliminate non-indigenous plant species that threaten the balance of our local ecosystem.

2. Flower planting and beautification project at the front entrance of Hollywood Elementary School.

3.  Food Drive to support College Park Food Bank and Meals on Wheels. Help tackle food scarcity in College Park by sorting and distributing food items collected through our food drive!  We are collecting non-perishable goods to benefit the College Park Meals on Wheels Program and the College Park Food Bank.  Our efforts will help low-income members of our community who face food insecurity during the spring months and are at risk of going hungry after the surge of food donations during the winter holiday season dies down. You can still bring your donated food to donation drop centers.

4.   Doctor’s Community Hospital Health Screening:  Get a free health check-up.  Doctors Community Hospital will provide free blood pressure  and cholesterol screenings on site.

5.   Informational Tables on the following topics: the UM Extension, Fire Safety, Public Safety, the Branchville Fire Department, Doctor’s Community Hospital, Sustainability, Recycling, the Rotary Club, ATHA and others.

6.   Cultural and Wellness Workshops – 3 different workshops:
a. Sustainability – Environmental Science Department – Greening your home
b. Wellness and Health Maintenance
c. Intergroup Dialogue Exploring the meaning of being a good neighbor from a Secular and Faith based perspective.

7.   Lunch at 12:30 and a closing ceremony at 1pm

Good Neighbor Day 2014 will be held at the site of the College Park Meals on Wheels Program located at College Park United Methodist Church (9601 Rhode Island Ave, College Park, MD 20740) 9am-1:30pm.  Please join us today—and get  your free t-shirt, light breakfast & lunch! We look forward to seeing all of you.

Good Neighbor Day Sustainability Summit and Discussion

Good Neighbor Day Sustainability Summit

Good Neighbor Day Sustainability Summit

Good Neighbor Day is coming up on March 29 from 9 am – 1:30 pm — and we still have spaces for you and your family to sign up to participate in some exciting Cultural and Wellness Workshops

— College Park Sustainability Summit. The University of Maryland’s Environmental Sciences Department, Environmental Science and Policy Program, and Office of Sustainability want to help make our community more environmentally sustainable. Come take an opportunity to brainstorm ideas about how the University can collaborate with residents to promote sustainability! There will be an opportunity to develop plans to follow up on the ideas discussed.

–What Would a Good Neighbor Do (WWGND)?? College Park is home to a community diverse in philosophical orientations: secular, humanist, faith-based, we all answer the question of “What does it mean to be a good neighbor?” in different ways. Get to know your neighbors as we learn about one another and our different beliefs.

— A workshop on Wellness and Health Maintenance

Register now for any of these workshops at

Good Neighbor Day will be THIS SATURDAY, March 29, starting at 9:00 at the College Park United Methodist Church, 9601 Rhode Island Ave. More information is available here – We hope to see you there!

Good Neighbor Day Food Drive – Help Feed the Hungry

Good Neighbor Day Food Donation

Good Neighbor Day Food Drive

Though the Good Neighbors Day (GND) is more than a week away, GND’s food drive is already underway. There are a number of donation drop centers in north College Park (please see the map below), one at Davis Hall. Your donation will benefit the Meals on Wheels’ programs in north College Park. Please see below for more details.

Want to help us feed the hungry in our College Park community? The Office of Community Engagement is collecting non-perishable goods between now and the March 29th Good Neighbor Day event.

Look for the large, white Good Neighbor Day donation boxes, with their TURTLE SHELL designs. Want to find the box nearest you? Go to

Please bring in non-perishable canned and boxed food items and drop them off in the boxes. Suggested items to donate: canned veggies and fruit, tuna, pasta sauces, peanut butter, jelly (please no glass!), pasta. Low sodium items are preferred. Donations will go to the College Park Food Bank and Meals on Wheels. Thanks, in advance, for supporting this cause!

Good Neighbor Day is a collaboration between the City of College Park, the Maryland National Capital Park & Planning Commission and the University!

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