Nextdoor has provided tips on how neighbors can celebrate Giving Tuesday on November 30, 2021
Giving Tuesday is a movement that unleashes the power of profound generosity around the world. Celebrated each year on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, Black Friday, and Small Business Saturday, Giving Tuesday is a way to keep the gratitude going throughout the holiday season and beyond.
At Nextdoor, we want to give neighbors ways to connect and be kind to each other, online and in real life. We believe a little kindness goes a long way towards making life easier, neighborhoods stronger, and the world a better place. Whether it’s making a neighbor smile, helping a stranger out, or showing up for an issue you care about, Giving Tuesday offers an opportunity for every neighbor to give back.
From volunteer work to donations, here are five ways you can celebrate Giving Tuesday in your neighborhood:
1. Check in on a lonely neighbor
Many neighbors may be experiencing loneliness during the holiday season if they are new to the area or aren’t able to be with family and friends. Celebrate Giving Tuesday by giving a call or visit a neighbor who lives alone, or reach out on Nextdoor and offer to spend some time with anyone who wants some company this season. Research shows that knowing as few as six neighbors reduces the likelihood of feeling lonely and is linked to lowering depression, social anxiety, and financial concerns related to COVID-19.
2. Collect donations for a holiday drive
Nextdoor Finds is a trusted marketplace to buy, sell, or give away items within your local community. In fact, over 25% of items on Nextdoor are listed for free. Generosity counts — collect items to make a donation for a local holiday food, clothing, or toy drive as a sustainable way to reduce waste within your neighborhood while supporting neighbors in need of a bit of cheer.
3. Support a local business
When local businesses thrive, neighborhoods thrive — make an effort to shop small on Giving Tuesday and show those businesses some love by leaving them a rave recommendation. Plus, there are already 54 million business recommendations on Nextdoor, so you can easily find the neighborhood favorites and potentially discover a new go-to spot. A recent study conducted on behalf of Nextdoor* found that 72% of adults in the United States have made it more of a priority to support local businesses now compared to before the COVID-19 pandemic.
4. Volunteer in the neighborhood
Join or create a Nextdoor Group to find others nearby with similar interests, then plan a group community service activity. If you have a green thumb, join a local gardening group and suggest getting together to plant a communal garden this Giving Tuesday. You can also look for virtual volunteer opportunities at local schools and nonprofit organizations to show support for this year’s Giving Tuesday campaign.
5. Do a random act of neighborly kindness
Even a small act of kindness can brighten your neighbors’ day. Leave flowers with a thoughtful note on a neighbor’s porch, buy the coffee for the person in line behind you, or simply make a conscious effort to wave and smile at someone you may not know — 61% of U.S. adults have recently felt that it is more important to build connections in the neighborhood than outside of their community, so use this as an opportunity to take your connections offline and meet your neighbors in the real world.
For more ways to get involved with Giving Tuesday this year, check out GivingTuesday.org.
To connect with your local neighborhood, please login at nextdoor.com.
*All figures, unless otherwise stated, are from YouGov Plc on behalf of Nextdoor. Total sample size was 14,904 adults (of whom 2,469 were US adults). Fieldwork was undertaken between August 31, 2021 – September 17, 2021. The survey was carried out online. The figures have been weighted and are representative of all US, UK, AU, NL, SE, IT, DN, CA, FR, ES Adults adults (aged 18+).