Social networks are quickly growing and catering to smaller interest groups. Nextdoor is the private social network for neighborhoods and communities.

According to the Nextdoor website, communities are using the service to get the word out about a break-in, organize a neighborhood watch, give and receive recommendations about babysitters or other services, reporting lost animals or items, and just to get to know each other.

Nextdoor also has an app on Android and Apple iOS so you can stay updated with your neighborhood no matter where you are. It “was founded by a group of entrepreneurs who have a passion for creating meaningful online communities,” according to the website.

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Many people are using Nextdoor to strengthen their communities; more than 14,130 neighborhoods and more than 120 city governments have adopted it. Neighborhoods in Los Angeles used the app when wildfires hit the area a few months ago. The communities were able to keep each other up to date and, most importantly, safe.

Nextdoor community SVCC (Silver Creek Valley Country Club) won an award last year for the most connected neighborhood. They have used Nextdoor to form a book club, public safety group, and support the local schools.

Many communities are using Nextdoor in innovative ways to stay safe and have fun. Check out Nextdoor and bring your neighborhood together!

Written by Hillary Johnston

A proud mother of four, Hillary is passionate about safety education. She holds a degree in Public Health and Disaster Management. Learn more

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