Announcing Nextdoor’s Good Neighbor Award Winners

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. During the month of September, nominations for Nextdoor’s Good Neighbor Awards poured in from passionate neighbors who had incredible stories to tell.

It was difficult, but last week we managed to narrow down the hundreds of submissions to our finalists. We asked each finalist to help spread the word with friends, family, and neighbors, and asked for the Nextdoor community to vote for the first Nextdoor Good Neighbor Awards. The results are in and we are pleased to announce our first annual Good Neighbor Award winners!

Nextdoor’s Good Neighbor Award goes to:

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Clancy Harrison, Dallas, PA - Clancy Harrison has been described as an incredibly busy mother of two who dedicates her free time to helping others in the community. From raising thousands of dollars in donations for a foster child to feeding 70 + families a week through a local food bank, Clancy has positively impacted those who live around her. This past summer, she organized a weekly class to teach young children about healthy eating, giving them fresh produce and simple, healthy recipes for them to take home.

Clancy will receive $1,000, as well as a matching donation from Nextdoor to a charity of her choice.

The Runners-Up for the Good Neighbor Awards are:

Tim Sigle (Palm Springs, CA) - Neighbor Extraordinaire Several of Tim Sigle's neighbors wrote in, describing his tireless efforts to connect their neighborhood and keep the community safe. From helping to organize pet adoption drives, to planning community block parties, and even stopping burglars in the act when he spotted them breaking into his neighbor's home, Tim has been described as the kind of neighbor that "every neighborhood needs."

Tim Sigle, Palm Springs, CA – Several of Tim’s Sigle’s neighbors wrote in to nominate him, describing his tireless efforts to connect their neighborhood and keep the community safe. From helping to organize pet adoption drives, to planning community block parties and even stopping burglars in the act when he spotted them breaking into his neighbor’s home, Tim has been described as the kind of neighbor that “every neighborhood needs.”

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Nicole Burgess, San Diego, CA – Nicole Burgess started a neighborhood bike train to get kids to and from school every day more than 6 years ago and it is still going strong. She provides fun, healthy, eco-friendly, and safe transportation for children in the Ocean Beach/Point Loma neighborhood to their local middle school. In addition to helping host after school programs to discuss cycling tips and bike safety awareness, Nicole is always encouraging students to become active commuters to their neighborhood schools and avoid the excess of unnecessary short vehicle trips.

Both Tim and Nicole will receive $250 for a neighborhood block party.

Congratulations to the Nextdoor Good Neighbor Award Winners and many thanks to the neighbors across the country who helped celebrate good neighbors all month long!

Celebrating Good Neighbor Moments from Around the Country

In honor of National Good Neighbor Day on Sunday, September 28, we asked neighbors from across the United States to share their good neighbor moments with us, whether it was a fun or touching memory, a message of gratitude for a specific neighbor, or something to look forward to in the neighborhood, like a block party or National Night Out event.

Thousands of you shared memories, examples, and heart-warming stories of how neighbors have affected you. We heard about neighbors who helped return lost pets, neighbors who performed acts of kindness, and neighbors who helped others recover from illnesses and deaths of relatives, natural disasters and unexpected hardships. We heard about neighbors coming together to stop the building of electrical plants and apartment buildings. We even heard about neighbors who hosted Thanksgiving in July!

No matter what your good neighbor moment was, we loved hearing them. Here are just a few of the wonderful good neighbor moments shared during September:

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On behalf of everyone at Nextdoor, thank you for sharing your good neighbor moments with us all month long! Here are just a few ways you can be a good neighbor, no matter the month, and in preparation for National Good Neighbor Day on Sunday, here are a few ideas on how to celebrate.

Have you voted in our first-ever National Good Neighbor Award? Check out the finalists and vote for your favorite here.

Tucson Police Department Goes Digital to Fight Crime

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Starting today, the Tucson Police Department is heading online to fight crime.

In a press conference led by Police Chief Villaseñor this morning, the Tucson Police Department announced their partnership with Nextdoor to help facilitate virtual neighborhood watch across the city.

More than 100 Tucson neighborhoods are already using Nextdoor to connect their communities. Now, the Police Department can join the conversation by posting crime and safety updates, event details, and other hyperlocal information to neighborhoods citywide.

Our Director of Partnerships, Jeremie Beebe, headed to Tucson to celebrate the announcement with the Tucson Police Department. Tucson joins other innovative cities in Arizona who have partnered with Nextdoor, including Phoenix, Chandler, Peoria, and Mesa, to create stronger and safer communities to call home.

From all of us at Nextdoor – welcome to the neighborhood, Tucson Police Department!

Interested in connecting with your local government on Nextdoor? Contact us here.

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.