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Neighborhood Spotlight: Outer Richmond Neighborhood Clean-Up

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Written by Anne Dreshfield

To celebrate Earth Day and Earth Month, we’re asking people to share with their neighbors to help reduce waste and live a more mindful lifestyle, whether it’s through hosting a neighborhood-wide garage sale, coordinating a neighborhood clean-up, or planning a potluck dinner.

Outer Richmond Southeast, a neighborhood in San Francisco, exemplifies this mindful lifestyle. Together, neighbors recently used Nextdoor to arrange a neighborhood-wide clean-up. Thanks to Nextdoor, the event grew from a handful of neighbors to dozens.

“The clean-up was a big success. About 35 people participated, and everyone felt very satisfied when it was over,” says Jean Barish, Lead of Outer Richmond Southeast. “It brought neighbors together to work for a common good to benefit the community. Nextdoor was a great way to reach many neighbors quickly – it also enabled us to chat with each other to share ideas and resources.”

While neighbors organized, planned, and executed the clean-up, the larger community pitched in, as well. The San Francisco Department of Public Works provided tools and supplies to the volunteers, and several local restaurants and cafes donated food and drinks for the volunteers.

Here’s to many more neighborhood improvement gatherings, both in Outer Richmond and in neighborhoods across the United States!

PS: If you’re hosting a neighborhood clean-up in your neighborhood this month, make sure to snap a picture and submit it to our Earth Day Contest. You could win a catered block party for your neighborhood!

Photo courtesy of Steve Louie

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