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Five Ways to be a Good Neighbor in a Mountain Town

By Michael Pitcairn

Moving to a new town can be intimidating, lonely, and confusing. Using the tips below, you can start off on the right foot by getting involved in your new community, and help to keep the community evolving in the right direction.

  1. Volunteer With Local Organizations – Non-profits, businesses, and charities are always in need of extra help, and it can be a great way to meet people in a new community. So much work done around town is by volunteers, so please do your part to help out! Here’s a good resource:
  2. Donate To Local Charities – If you don’t have the time to devote to helping out, donating money will have a huge impact especially if you also use your social media to garner more attention to the charity. Post, support, and advocate in any way you can!
  3. Pick Up Trash When You See It – Most people move to Montana for the endless outdoor recreation it offers. When out in these areas, nothing irks me more than to see trash left behind. Most of the time it is not intentional, so if everyone picked up a piece of two, we can keep these beautiful places clean and pristine! Tip: keep an old grocery bag in your backpack and when you see the trash, use the bag to pick it up keeping yourself clean from any mess or germs.
  4. Be a Friendly Neighbor – Living in Montana can be tough at times, and with limited emergency services, we all need to be able to count on our neighbors and community. The best way to do that is to introduce yourselves to your neighbors and let them know you are here to help and most will extend that courtesy back. Most Montanans are fairly self-sufficient though, so make sure YOU take the necessary precautions for inclement weather and get the right gear, no bald tires on a 2-wheel drive car in the middle of a snow storm!
  5. Support Local Businesses – Not only are you helping the owner support their local family, but also the many employees and their families. We all like more options for food, shopping, and services, and the only way that happens is by supporting the ones that already exist.

I hope this list is a good starting place for your new adventure in Montana. Always remember- respect the land, respect the people, and you will earn respect by your actions.

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