With so much to do post-move, here’s a shortcut to getting settled.
You’ve done all the work of finding the right town to move to and now it’s time to really get to know the community. But seeking out friends can feel daunting. Don’t worry, we’ve narrowed down five tried-and-true ways to start meeting people from day one.
#1. Get a Library Card
This may not seem like the most obvious starting point but hear us out. If you have little kids in your crew, public libraries are a great place to meet other local families. Libraries host tons of activities, from storytime to arts and crafts to book clubs and more. Some libraries offer free museum passes for their members and others put on author talks or writing workshops.
There’s also just something about a public library card that makes it feel even more official that you’re now part of the community.
#2. Find a “Newcomers” Club
Many towns organize “newcomers” clubs to help people who recently moved get connected to the community. These groups put on all kinds of social events like picnics, book clubs and workout classes. If you’re feeling unsure about how to break into your town’s social scene, a newcomers club can be the perfect place to start. After all, that’s exactly what these clubs were designed for.
Newcomers clubs are also great for anyone moving to town without kids or with older kids. Unlike some groups that are exclusively for young families or parents, newcomers’ clubs usually offer a good mix of both family and adult-only activities.
#3. Join Your Community Facebook Page
When you’re moving to a new town, joining your community’s Facebook page is a must. Honestly, it’s not a bad idea to join even before you move. These community pages are a wealth of knowledge and you can get the inside scoop on the town, local schools, dentists, dog parks – you name it.
Besides learning the ins and outs of the community, these Facebook groups are a great way to build friendships and connect with people who share your interests or are at similar stages in life. These groups can get hyper-specific so try searching Facebook for your local Mom’s group, knitting club, cycling group or whatever social circle you are trying to find.
One of the best ways to meet new friends in town is by volunteering. No matter what your passions are, you’ll be able to find others who share your interests if you know where to look. Check out your new town’s Facebook page, website or Meetup page to see where you can plug in.
Local hospitals, parks, libraries, food banks and community centers often need help and can use an extra pair of hands. It’s an amazing way to support your community – and meet like-minded people who have the potential to become lifelong friends.
#5. Attend a PTA Meeting
Having kids in school can come with a built-in community for the whole family. There are tons of ways to get involved in the school and you’ll meet other parents along the way. Volunteer to help in the classroom, sign up to chaperone field trips or join the PTA. Once your kids start participating in extracurricular activities, you could also create carpool groups with other parents.
You can still meet other parents even if your schedule doesn’t allow you to be at the school during the day. Attend the after-school events that do fit into your work schedule or invite school families over to your new place for a weekend BBQ.
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