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#FamiliesBelongTogether: Using Nextdoor to reunite separated families

Written by Nick Brinkerhoff

At Nextdoor, we are fortunate to see neighbors coming together on a daily basis to do remarkable things, not only for their home communities, but also to help people in need around the world. With the recent news of families being separated at the U.S. border, members from all over the country turned to Nextdoor to rally support for those affected, even if they are thousands of miles away.

There is no question that good things happen when neighbors come together, and, oftentimes, they can make a big impact that transcends their local community and inspires others around the country to do the same. You’ll see below how members are using Nextdoor to host bake sales and lemonade stands to raise money for organizations, like the Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services and Students Without Limits, to help reunite the families.

East Lansing, MI

When Tali and her 9-year-old daughter Luci learned about the separations happening, they immediately knew they wanted to help and began brainstorming ideas about how they could help. That’s when they decided to host a bake sale, selling an assortment of cookies and brownies to raise awareness and money for Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services (RAICES). Tali then posted on Nextdoor to let neighbors know about the sale, with over 200 neighbors stopping by over the course of two hours. The sale was a huge success, raising over $2,500 to date!

San Diego, CA

After the devastating Hurricane Harvey last year, Jessica and her family hosted a lemonade stand to raise funds for hurricane relief, which raised over $1,700 in three hours.

Seeing the great success from that stand, Jessica’s family decided to do another one, this time to help separated families, posting on Nextdoor to spread the word. Although the weather was rainy during their fundraiser, they were able to raise over $500 and are doing a follow-up stand. Money raised will be split between RAICES and Students Without Limits, a local charity that provides in-school support to at-risk minority and immigrant teens.

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Jessica and her family’s “Lemond-Aid” stand

Austin, TX

Nancy and her three sons, Clark, Adam, and Simon, also held a lemonade stand to raise money for Kids in Need of Defense (KIND), a nonprofit that provides attorneys to unaccompanied children who enter the US immigration system alone. By spreading the word about the event through Nextdoor, they were able to raise more than $1,800 for KIND!

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Clark, Adam, and Simon during their fundraiser

Los Feliz, CA

When Adam and his children heard about the separations happening, they knew they needed to get involved and decided to host their own fundraiser. With the help of their neighbors, the group combined forces and used Nextdoor to promote their lemonade and brownie sale, with all funds going toward Stand For Kids, a group that donates money to organizations that protect kids separated from their families by ICE.

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Adam’s family and their neighbors raising money for Stand For Kids

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