Post on Nextdoor to invite your neighbors to walk in unity
Change starts in the neighborhood, and Nextdoor is a place to connect with neighbors from all backgrounds. In the midst of an ongoing pandemic, one very hopeful trend has emerged — neighbors are coming together to walk in solidarity in hopes of creating more inclusive, welcoming communities.
The trend originated with Shawn, a 30-year-old Black man who has lived in and loved his Nashville, TN neighborhood his entire life. Following the murder of George Floyd last year, he posted on Nextdoor to share that he no longer felt comfortable walking in his neighborhood. In response, hundreds of neighbors commented to show their support, reflect on how to create a more welcoming environment, and ultimately come out to walk alongside him. Shawn shared, “I was scared to walk alone and now look who is behind me. Look who has my back.” Countless other neighbors across the country followed in Shawn’s footsteps to start a nationwide movement.
During this time of social isolation, neighbors around the world have found new and unique ways to come together and unite around causes they care about. Nextdoor instantly connects you with everyone nearby, providing a great opportunity to spark a conversation and build real-world connections. There are endless reasons to join the #WalkWithMe movement:
- With the devastating rise in violence and hateful rhetoric towards Black and Asian-American neighbors, take inspiration from Shawn and join a walk for racial justice and equity.
- Knowing just six neighbors can reduce loneliness and have drastic health benefits and a recent study found that most new friendships are made in your own neighborhood. Post #WalkWithMe to meet new people while staying outside and socially-distant.
- Even the smallest acts of kindness can establish a sense of security and boost your neighborhood unity. Become an active participant in your neighborhood and invite others to explore with you. Whether you walk, skate, roll in a wheelchair, or cheer from the sidelines, everyone has a chance to get involved.
- Use this as an opportunity to get outside and get active as we head into summer — neighbors can be the best accountability partners.
By bringing neighbors together, we can cultivate a kinder world where everyone has a neighborhood they can rely on. Post on Nextdoor with #WalkWithMe to share your experience and invite your neighbors to walk.
Here are additional resources to help guide neighborly conversations:
- Tips on how to talk about race in your neighborhood
- Anti-racism hub with resources to learn and take action
- Nextdoor’s policy to prevent racism & discrimination
- Follow our progress to make Nextdoor a platform where everyone is welcome
Please continue to follow local and federal COVID-19 guidance from official sources such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
To connect with your local neighborhood, please login at nextdoor.com.