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; Darin in Winnetka, Illinois 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.