During the event, volunteers — including UNC students, Chapel Hill residents, police officers and University staff — split into groups to visit houses and offer advice on how to be a polite, law-abiding neighbor.
Megan Wooley, community sustainability planner for the Town of Chapel Hill, has been volunteering with the initiative for four years.
“What we find is that a lot of students who live in the neighborhoods have just never lived on their own before, so it’s important to remind them that they’re living in a different space ,” Wooley said. “I t’s encouraging them to keep the town’s regulations in mind and, in a lot of cases, letting them know what the regulations are.”
Typical topics of conversation include the town’s four-person occupancy rule, noise ordinances and trash pickup guidelines. This year, some new topics arose, such as parking rules that were released in September, as well as changed rules for recycling collection.
Organized by event leader Aaron Bachenheimer, director of UNC’s Office of Fraternity & Sorority Life and Community Involvement, the volunteers spent two hours walking the length of the Northside, Cameron-McCauley, Pine Knolls and Davie Circle neighborhoods, as well as along Pine Bluff Trail.
“We’ve expanded our resources significantly over the years,” said Bachenheimer, who has been with the Good Neighbor Initiative since 2009.
Chapel Hill resident and volunteer Tristan Routh, an attorney for Carolina Student Legal Services, said he volunteered for the first time this year to inform students of their legal rights and duties as residents.