In these uncertain times, the need for support and companionship is more important than ever. But with the need for social distancing, making those meaningful connections with others is a challenge. Fortunately, being neighborly is easy. Here are five ways to be “alone together” and be the neighbor everyone wants to live next door.

1. Purchase extra household items.

It’s amazing how much people appreciate a small, thoughtful gesture. For instance, if you’ve recently purchased an extra bottle of dishwashing liquid or paper towels, leave it at the door of a neighbor.

2. Leave friendly notes or a gift card on cars in the parking lot.

This action offers two benefits: First, you’ve shared a message that somebody is thinking of your neighbor and wishes them well. Second, you support a local business by purchasing one of their gift cards or a voucher for a meal or dessert. Win-win!

3. Leave online reviews for local businesses.

If you had a great experience picking up a gift card or using a delivery or curbside service, share it! Word of mouth is an easy (and essential) way for businesses to promote new services and remind the community that they are still open and need our support.

4. Only use the parking spots assigned to you. 

Extraordinary gestures are great, but everyday kindness and courtesy are always appreciated. We’re all in this together, and respecting shared space is a big part of keeping things friendly in the neighborhood.

5. Working from home? Be mindful of noise. 

Whether your job transitioned to a remote work model, or you have school-aged children now attending school online, the need for quiet is constant. Be respectful of neighbors, who may face the same challenges of creating a more professional work environment at home.

Good things often surface as a result of a crisis, and hope is likely to be one of them. In the midst of social distancing, there’s always room for kindness. And these five ideas will help you get started.