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Building community, one invitation at a time

Written by Jenny Mayfield

Nextdoor is unique in that it connects people based on proximity, not preference. The result is an emerging form of social infrastructure that unites people who might not otherwise know one another to embrace empathy, increase safety, and get things done. As a result, neighbors worldwide are turning to Nextdoor everyday to find trusted, useful, and relevant local information to address their daily needs, form relationships in the real world, and build safer, happier places to call home. To enable this, neighbor-to-neighbor invitation letters have been an important way for neighbors to connect and build their community from the beginning. 

Why invitation letters? 

Thriving communities are built by reaching out to neighbors we don’t already know and inviting them to build a stronger community together. Nextdoor’s founders were spurred into action by the fact that only 29% of Americans know some of their neighbors by name. Moreover, a recent Cigna study found that over 40% of Americans report feeling lonely. When Nextdoor was first introduced, our early members requested neighbor-to-neighbor invitations as a way to invite neighbors, most of whom they didn’t know, to join Nextdoor. The letters were so well received that we decided to build them into the platform. Each week, Nextdoor members all over the world choose to send these free invitations to their neighbors to help build community in their local neighborhood. 

An invitation you can trust

Nextdoor is a platform built on trust. By requiring members to use their real name and verified address, we ensure that all conversations and interactions on the platform are between you and your true neighbors, creating trust and mutual accountability. Invitation letters can only be sent from verified Nextdoor members and every single invitation sent is with a member’s permission. We provide detailed information about what appears on the invitation letter, including your name, your street name, and information about your local community. 

It is truly remarkable to see the good that happens when neighbors have an easy way to connect. Over the years, we’ve been inspired by members like Jessica in St. Louis, Missouri, rallying thousands of volunteers on Nextdoor to help Syrian refugee families adapt to American life; Theo in San Diego, California using Nextdoor to meet his neighbors by establishing a monthly dinner club; or René in Paris, France opening the doors to his church community center to host regular coffee chats for neighbors. At Nextdoor, we strive to provide a platform that will motivate you to reach out to those around you and take the necessary steps to build stronger, real world connections among your local communities. In the words of one of our members: “you might just meet someone wonderful.” As always, we encourage you to contact us directly with feedback and questions.

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19 Comments

  • So glad that this platform exists ! It has made all the difference in my sense of human connectedness and sharing with folks nearby !

  • Nextdoor is great – I was missing friends and neighbors from my old home town – not physically able to get out and about to meet new ones.

  • I have friends who are being transferred to Paris in August. They will be there several years. How do I put them in touch with Rene, that guy in Paris who is setting up NextDoor meet-your-neighbors events there? Thanks.

  • Hello, My name is Murty V Mantravadi. Call me Murty. I am a male (90) living in Escondido, CA. I am a scientist/engineer with a Ph.D and retired from Northrop Grumman Corporation.. I welcome anyone in the area to visit me. we can have plenty of discussions about various topics.
    Murty V Mantravadi

  • Building a community requires a functional conscience to do so; along with the will and know how involving qualitative people, listening and social skills. In order for this to be successful. Thus one has to learn how to approach and then reach out to their unknown but visible neighbor. That quickly drives into their garage, closes it and then enter into their private domain without speaking or by saying hello to their next-door neighbor: how are you doing today, nice seeing you and have a good or blessed day. Many neighbors see the residents that resides on both sides of them for many do not know their next door neighbors names nor know anything about them in a neighborly manner. For neighbors have lost the social art of knowing how to commune, communicate with one another due to various opposing ideologies assumed; they against me or me against them, not my kind or type. Along with the fears of rejections and revilements from some criticizing next-door neighbors; vitriol neighbors from hell Therefore in order to build a functional community many of the connected-disconnected will have to overcome their fears of the other in order to conduct wholesome and productive communications. And following wholesome communications some have to overcome their vexing thoughts of the other in order to meet and greet. So that they can become functional neighbors. Who can then build productive neighborhoods for each other, whom are neighbors that commune and communicate with one another. neighborly skills are a lost social art which is now needed. So that many will not feel and fear being isolated due to their own learned personal insecurities.

  • I rather pleased this platform exists ! It has made a big the difference in my sense of being connected and being able to sharing with others far and wide

  • Hi my name is Cristi
    I live in Windermere Florida
    I would like to connect with others, please drop me a note
    🌀

  • Looking to meet friends who are retired and in their 70’s who would enjoy company and outings together. I live in Seminole, Florida and am a widow who loves to meet friends and neighbors. Please respond if you are interested.

  • Good morning! We are in Sunset Oaks Development in Nampa, Idaho. Have been here since January, from SoCal. We are experiencing the same problems of meeting people and would like to find some people our age, preferably between 55 and 70 years young to play cards, go camping or just do the backyard BBQ thing. Or even just be friends to talk with from time to time. As the first person says, the neighbors seem to be afraid to develop an interest in the “New People”, even though we have reached out to them. I realize they have their own families and friends, and are pretty busy, but sometimes we are in our front yard when they drive by and look the other way. Maybe I am being a bit paranoid. I don’t know. Anyway, we are hoping to make some good friends with others like us. We are normal people, we drink a little beer once in a while. Husband smokes, I don’t. We believe in God but are not affiliated with any one religion, husband is retired, I still work part time from our home, have two small dogs, we like camping and day trips, playing hand and foot card game, going out to dinner and just relaxing. Thank you Nextdoor for this chance to vent.LOL!!

  • Please see my post it might just address or hint at why some neighbors are as they are. Nextdoor Blog is a great website to tell it like it is; for it is a human thing. Great place to exchnge ideas on how to learn how to relate with others to.

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