Growing Grand Junction: Knowing Neighbors Makes Life Better

The Grand Valley is quickly becoming a popular place to live with its low unemployment rate, booming energy industry and picture perfect scenery. With more and more people moving to the area, getting to know your neighbors can be tough.

Sarah McCarthy is with Colorado's Neighborhood Resource Center, she says studies have shown that knowing your neighbors can improve your health. She also says getting to know your neighbors can be as simple as hosting a block party.

Safeway grocery stores offer free certificates for party goods and a gallon of ice cream and Xcel Energy Foundation offers micro grants for block activities up to $100. The city's "Know Your Neighbor Program" can get you up to $250, and its "Neighborhood Pride Program" offers up to $5,000.

Colorado's Neighborhood Resource Center is challenging Mesa County residents to have 100 block parties before summer's end. For more information on any of the neighborhood programs contact the city manager's office or stop by any local Safeway store.

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