Nextdoor Good Neighbor Awards Finalists

In honor of National Good Neighbor Day on September 28th, we asked neighbors from across the country to recognize and say thank you to the people who give back to their local community, in ways both big and small. Throughout the last few weeks, nominations for Nextdoor’s Good Neighbor Awards have poured in from passionate neighbors who had incredible stories to tell. It was difficult, but we managed to narrow down the hundreds of submissions to our finalists!

Click through the gallery below to see their pictures and hear their stories, and cast your vote below to name the first-ever Nextdoor Good Neighbor Award winner!

Celebrating National Good Neighbor Day

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National Good Neighbor Day is taking place on Sunday, September 28! In the spirit of the holiday, we hope you will take some time to celebrate in a neighborly way. Big or small, the effort you make this September can have a lasting impact on your entire neighborhood. After all, studies show that neighbors who know each other look out for each other – and neighbors who look out for each other help make their neighborhoods stronger and safer.

Not sure what to do in your own neighborhood? We’ve come up with 10 tips on how to celebrate the holiday:

  1. Say hello! Smile and wave at the neighbors who walk or drive by your home.
  2. Make a point to introduce yourself to the neighbor who just moved in.
  3. Pretty flowers growing in your yard? Make a small bouquet to give to your neighbor.
  4. Bake a batch of cookies and deliver a plate of them to your neighbor.
  5. Everyone loves a cool glass of lemonade. Help the kids with a lemonade stand!
  6. Does the neighborhood entrance or local park need some TLC? Organize a cleanup.
  7. Take the opportunity to learn about emergency preparedness. Does your neighborhood have a plan in the event of a fire or natural disaster?
  8. Host or help coordinate a BBQ, potluck, pancake breakfast, pizza party, or cookie exchange.
  9. Have or know a neighbor with a projector? Plan an outdoor movie night.
  10. Plan a neighborhood-wide yard or garage sale.

No matter what you do to celebrate National Good Neighbor Day in your community, we hope it helps you connect with your neighbors and helps to build an even better place to call home.

Neighbors Gather to Celebrate the Life of Jenny Wagon

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Jenny on her wagon, earning her the nickname “Jenny Wagon.”

Second only to Halloween, National Good Neighbor Day is my favorite day of the year. They are my favorite because both involve neighbors, and I love neighbors!

In honor of National Good Neighbor Day, which is about a week away on 9/28, I want to share a story about how my good neighbors helped my wife and I get through one of the most difficult experiences of our lives: the passing of our beloved dog, “Jenny Wagon,” last summer.

Jenny was a very sweet and loving dog. Being deaf, she relied on her sight and the movement of facial expressions of others to navigate the world. She loved to be hugged and petted but also enjoyed her own space. She would never bite, but would almost take your hand off if you gave her a treat without using an open palm.

In 2011, Jenny’s health started to decline – before long, Jenny had difficulty walking. To help her get around, I bought her a Radio Flyer All-Terrain wagon. I pulled her all over our Washington DC neighborhood to get her fresh air and lots of good lovin’ from everyone she encountered. Jenny spent countless days hanging out in the courtyard, and our neighbors started calling her “Jenny Wagon” – she became a fixture in our building’s community.

The last six months of her life were particularly challenging. Although she was quite content, Jenny could no longer stand up on her own and needed constant care. If not for our kind neighbors who stepped up to the plate, my wife and I would have been completely overwhelmed trying to keep her comfortable and happy. Our neighbors helped walk her, watched her when we needed to leave her for more than a couple of hours, and, when things got tough towards the end, provided much-needed emotional support for me and my wife.

The evening before we let Jenny go, my wife and I decided to host a celebration of life to spoil Jenny and make her last evening special and, most importantly, yummy! Over 40 good neighbors came by to give Jenny one last scratch, a hug, and a small piece of bacon, Jenny’s favorite treat. The next morning, Jenny went to heaven with a heart full of love and belly full of bacon. I am still appreciative of our good neighbors, whose kind gestures helped my wife and I get through a very tough time in our lives.

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 Jenny with her loving community in the neighborhood.

Since that experience, I’ve learned that every day can be a Good Neighbor Day. There are countless opportunities to be kind to those who live in our communities. A good neighbor moment could be as simple as a smile, offering to lend a helping a hand, or checking in on a neighbor going through a tough time, much like I was with Jenny. I’m thankful to have had such a caring community support, and most importantly, help celebrate Jenny’s wonderful life and spirit.

This has been my ultimate good neighbor moment.

I encourage you to take a couple minutes to share your own Good Neighbor Moment, and if there is a special neighbor in your life, you can say thank you by nominating him/her for Nextdoor’s Good Neighbor Awards.

About Joseph:
Joseph Porcelli is Senior City Strategist and “Professional Neighbor” at Nextdoor. Prior to joining Nextdoor, Joseph has worked in many professional capacities for Public Safety Agencies, in tech firms that support them, and in volunteer capacities to improve quality of life and increase safety and preparedness in communities. In his free time, Joseph serves as the lead organizer for SnowCrew.org, which connects people who are unable to shovel their driveways or sidewalks with neighbors who can help dig them out after snowstorms.

Nextdoor and the Case of the Stolen Laundry

If you were to lose your entire wardrobe, what would you do? Gleefully head to the store for brand new looks, or shed a few tears?

When this happened to neighbors in the Bay Area, Michelle and Gary did neither of those things – instead, they headed to their Nextdoor website for help.

“Our car was broken into while my husband ran to do one last errand,” says Michelle. “He was on his way to the laundromat, and the thieves smashed the window of our car and stole our suitcase – which was full of all of our dirty laundry!”

While the couple was glad that no one was hurt, they were saddened by the loss of the majority of their clothes, which Michelle described as their favorite jeans, shirts, and sweaters.

“I figured the thieves were going to dump the clothes once they realized there was nothing of value in the suitcase,” Michelle says. “But trying to figure out where to look seemed like trying to find a needle in a haystack. That’s when I thought about Nextdoor.”

Michelle posted to Nextdoor, asking her neighbors to keep an eye out for the clothes, but not holding out much hope.

Within a few hours a neighbor responded, saying she’d seen something similar to what Michelle had described, giving her the exact location of where she’d spotted the stolen goods.

Sure enough, Michelle and Gary found their suitcase and the majority of their clothes just a few miles away from their home. Thrilled, Michelle posted again on Nextdoor, thanking the entire neighborhood for being willing to help.

As Michelle says, “we all need more stories with happy endings!” We couldn’t agree more.

Have your own story about how you’ve used Nextdoor? Tell us about it.

How to be a Good Neighbor

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Here at Nextdoor, we’re celebrating good neighbors all month long, but for many of us living in cities, the days of running next door to borrow a cup of sugar seem far in the past. We nod hello to our neighbors but rarely say more than hello. How can we all be better neighbors? In honor of National Good Neighbor Day on September 28, here are my favorite tips on how to be a good neighbor – this month, and all year long.

Do be friendly. Make a point to introduce yourself, welcome new neighbors, and get to know the people who live around you on a first-name basis. It is important to know who your neighbors are, especially in the event of an emergency. Rely on old-fashioned socializing: say hello in the hallway, on the street, or at the mailbox – or even invite your neighbors over for a fall gathering.

Don’t be noisy. This is one of the cardinal rules of being a good neighbor. Try to keep noise down after 10 p.m. and during weeknights, and be sure to keep dogs and other pets under control both inside and outside the home. If you are going to have a large gathering or party, notify neighbors in advance and be mindful of their schedule.

Do lend a helping hand. Offer to share with a neighbor in need – an impressive 9 out of 10 Americans surveyed are comfortable sharing with neighbors. Start a carpool to work or create a lending library for books or expensive yard equipment. Watch out for each other. When neighbors are away, pick up their mail and warn them of any suspicious activity in the neighborhood. Be willing to help other neighbors in times of crisis or with everyday favors such as carrying groceries.

Don’t invade personal space or boundaries. Be respectful of your neighbors’ privacy – keep the conversations on your Nextdoor newsfeed appropriate for the neighborhood, and if you want to reach out to a neighbor with personal updates, send it to them in a private message.

Do keep conversation light and cordial. No one wants a nosy neighbor. Stick to basic topics such as the weather, local sports teams, or pets. Avoid gossip and, when in doubt, abide by the old saying, “if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all.”

Don’t let your neighborhood go unkept. Keep your neighborhood clean beyond your front door. In addition to keeping your yard or apartment exterior tidy, make an effort in your neighborhood. Do your part to help pick up extra leaves or coordinate a clean up if there is clutter or trash accumulating in the neighborhood.

Do create a sense of community. Strong neighborhoods don’t just magically happen; they’re the result of neighbors making an effort to connect. Host a yard sale, start a neighborhood watch, or plant a community garden. Inevitably, knowing your neighbors will help create a happier and safer neighborhood – and a happier place to call home.

Do you have a good neighbor that you want to recognize? Nominate them for Nextdoor’s National Good Neighbor Awards for a chance for them to win $1,000 and a matching donation to a charity of their choice.

Nextdoor Partners with Las Vegas to Connect Residents in the Entertainment Capital of the World

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Nextdoor Co-Founder Sarah Leary celebrates the announcement with Fire Chief William McDonald, Mayor Carolyn G. Goodman, and Police Captain Shawn Andersen.

We are excited to officially welcome the City of Las Vegas to the Nextdoor neighborhood!

Yesterday, our Co-Founder, Sarah Leary, visited Las Vegas to join Mayor Carolyn G. Goodman, Fire Chief William McDonald and Police Captain Shawn Andersen to announce a partnership between Nextdoor and the City of Las Vegas. The partnership will enable city agencies to send targeted information to Las Vegas residents who join Nextdoor.

“Las Vegas is an innovative and resourceful city. Joining Nextdoor is another way to further our efforts in making Las Vegas an even better place to call home,” said Mayor Goodman. “Giving residents more avenues to easily and effectively connect with city departments and each other about the things that matter most to their communities will create a stronger and safer Las Vegas.”

More than 110 neighborhoods, representing 60 percent of the city of Las Vegas, have already launched Nextdoor websites. Residents can now expect to receive updates from the the City of Las Vegas, Las Vegas Fire & Rescue, and the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department.

To join or start your own Nextdoor website, click here.

Danielle Styskal
Communications Associate

Celebrate Good Neighbors this September in Honor of National Good Neighbor Day

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At Nextdoor, we’re passionate about being good neighbors, and we know our members are too! Every day, we hear inspiring and touching stories about how neighbors come together to support each other in many ways. From a simple hello to welcome a new neighbor, to stories about neighbors working together to plant a community garden or find a lost pet, we are constantly reminded about the power of good neighbors.

In honor of National Good Neighbor Day on September 28th, Nextdoor is celebrating good neighbors by recognizing these wonderful moments, big or small, all month long!

National Good Neighbor Day was founded in the early 1970s by Montana native, Becky Mattson, and is now a nationally-recognized day to be thankful and appreciate good neighbors. Now, more than 40 years later, Nextdoor is furthering Becky’s mission by recognizing good neighbor moments the entire month of September.

Celebrate Good Neighbors all month long!  

  • Share your good neighbor moments at nextdoor.com/goodneighbor and check out other moments from across the country – whether they’re fun or touching memories, a message of gratitude for your great neighbors, or something you’re looking forward to experiencing with your neighbors.
  • As seen in Woman’s Day Magazine, nominate a good neighbor for Nextdoor’s Good Neighbor Awards at http://www.nextdoor.com/goodneighborawards. The winners will be announced on September 28th, and the grand prize winner will receive $1,000, as well as a matching donation from Nextdoor to a local charity of their choice.
  • Follow Nextdoor on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to see daily tips and stories about good neighbors. Don’t forget to use #goodneighbor! Please be sure to check back on our blog to hear about good neighbors stories and other ways to celebrate Good Neighbor Day all month long.

We’re excited to be celebrating the very thing that makes Nextdoor so wonderful – neighbors! We hope to encourage people across America to say thank you to their neighbors who are making a difference in their local community.