By Dabney Lawless

Neighborhood Nostalgia

My parents recently participated in a multi-family garage sale in their suburban New York neighborhood. They spread the word to all their neighbors through their Nextdoor website and I am happy to report that it was a great success.

As my mother recapped the day’s events, she updated me on the happenings of her neighbors’ children, who, like me, are grown and living in other parts of the country.

Our conversation reminded me of my favorite Halloween memory: It was the Halloween when my friend, Joey, from down the street and I decided we were going to go out trick-or-treating on our own–without our parents (gasp!).

We had a great time running from house to house, filling our pillow cases with as much candy as possible. After coming home from our adventure, my mom welcomed us with a late-night dinner of potato latkes and applesauce. We watched It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown while we divvied up our loot, trading Kit-Kats for Butterfingers and Smarties for Tootsie Rolls, and eventually falling asleep in sugar-fueled bliss.

There was nothing particularly extraordinary about that night. I’m sure my fondness for that evening is about the exhilaration of early independence and the joy of having a friend that laughs at my goofy jokes. Joey and I didn’t keep in touch over the years. In fact, this is my last memory of hanging out with him, but I still remember what a fun friend he was.

If it had not been for the ability of Nextdoor to reconnect old neighbors during my parent’s garage sale I would have never thought about my Halloween buddy and would not have gotten the update on where he is today. Talking to neighbors old and new can be a powerfully positive experience.

Nextdoor is a wonderful place not only for advertising a garage sale or getting a recommendation for a plumber or a painter, but also for getting to know new neighbors and reconnecting with neighbors you’ve known for years.

Do you have a favorite Halloween memory? Does your neighborhood go all-out for Halloween? Do you have a good neighborhood tip for Halloween? We would love to hear from you at press@nextdoor.com. We are always looking for inspiration for Nextdoor stories.

Best,
Dabney
VP of Communications

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Nextdoor and the Old Gray Lady

If you read the New York Times this past Sunday, you may have noticed that Nextdoor was featured in a great story by Digital Domain columnist Randall Stross: Meet Your Neighbors, if Only Online. 

It is always an honor to be featured in the New York Times; however, what made this article particularly exciting for our team was that the author is an actual Nextdoor member, benefiting from the service in his neighborhood and getting to know his neighbors.

The response from people across the country to this article has been amazing. People want to know how to connect with their neighbors. People want safer, stronger neighborhoods.

If Nextdoor is positively impacting your neighborhood, we encourage you to spread the word. In addition to inviting more people within your neighborhood, tell friends and family in other neighborhoods. We have found that some of our strongest neighborhoods are created by people that heard about Nextdoor from other Nextdoor members.

As always, if you need any help inviting people or are looking for tools to spread the word – feel free to drop us a line at support@nextdoor.com.

Best,
Dabney Lawless
VP Communications

Nextdoor for Parents

This weekend my husband and I stopped by our neighbor’s house for a garage sale that we learned about on our neighborhood Nextdoor website. We knew the couple having the sale had a baby a little older than ours and, like any other self-respecting parents, we were looking to score some bargains.

At the sale we ran into several other neighborhood families with babies around the same age as our son. It was great to see everyone and share the latest recommendations about baby bargain hunting, kiddie music classes and nanny shares.

It was an excellent reminder of why I love working for Nextdoor; it really is a great tool for families. I was reminded yet again today when a writer for Parenting.com wrote that “Nextdoor may be the next big thing” for parents trying to find a trusted babysitter.

Not only is Nextdoor an excellent resource for finding babysitters and posting about garage sales, but it goes beyond that. It truly fosters community and connects neighbors. I have seen it in my own life and heard about it from many of our members.

One of our members in the community of Woodside, CA found Nextdoor to be a potentially life saving tool as she was able to urgently alert parents that her son had come down with a highly contagious, potentially deadly case of meningitis. Parents whose children had been in contact with her son were required by county officials to take a potent antibiotic to avert a potential health crisis.

It was truly heart warming to see how Nextdoor members came together to support their neighbor in need. Parents across her neighborhood sent prayers, care packages and offers of help.  After a lengthy hospital stay, her son made a full recovery and no other teenagers became ill.

Below are a few suggested ways Parents can make the most of their Nextdoor website:

  • Find or form mommy groups
  • Get answers to questions about local schools and teachers
  • Help raise money for local school fundraisers
  • Find or sell children’s clothes and toys
  • Organize a school car pool
  • Swap information about trick-or-treating or holiday light display recommendations
  • Post safety information and engage the neighborhood watch

Many parents write to us from time to time about how Nextdoor has been beneficial to their neighborhood. We would love to hear your story – so drop us a line at stories@nextdoor.com about how you use Nextdoor as a parent. If we use your story on our blog or our press outreach, we will send you a Nextdoor T-shirt.

Best,
Dabney Lawless
VP Communications