GOOD NEIGHBOR DAY HISTORY
In 1978 President Carter proclaimed National Good Neighbor Day as a day to cultivate friendship, respect, and unity in our communities though celebrating with our neighbors.
“As our Nation struggles to build friendship among the peoples of this world, we are mindful that the noblest human concern is concern for others. Understanding, love and respect build cohesive families and communities. The same bonds cement our Nation and the nations of the world. For most of us, this sense of community is nurtured and expressed in our neighborhoods where we give each other an opportunity to share and feel part of a larger family…I call upon the people of the United States and interested groups and organizations to observe such day with appropriate ceremonies and activities.”
west virginians care about their neighbors
Here in West Virginia the Financial Exploitation Task Force heard about a very sad case of elder abuse, neglect, and exploitation in Monongalia County in 2017. We talked about what we as a community could have done to prevent that senior’s suffering and maltreatment. In addition to our continued commitment to legal reform, victim-centered prosecution, and remedy in such cases we were inspired to make good use of the West Virginia value of being a good neighbor. We know West Virginians care about their neighbors, and we know the more our community members stay connected the more we protect each other from harm. We hope that by raising awareness of Good Neighbor Day we can help build up protective West Virginia communities free from elder abuse, neglect, and exploitation one neighbor at a time.