Digital Neighbors: Nextdoor Dot Com

By on 8 January, 2015 in City Living, Sandra Nickel with 0 Comments

Perhaps you, like I, have heard and read a lot of complaints about how social media is going to be “the ruination” of us all. And pictures abound of folks walking side by side—or sitting across the table from one another—with their attention seemingly focused on their handheld devices and not their relationship with the person(s) they are with.

I agree that, misused, social media can be a bad thing. And today I want to relate to you a story that underscores how it can, too, be a very good thing if properly used.

There exists on the internet a relatively new social media site called NextDoor.com. Its stated purpose is building stronger and safer neighborhoods by allowing neighbors to talk together online. Each neighborhood is encouraged to set up its own private social network. And the network can be linked to other neighborhood sites nearby.

A number of Midtown neighborhoods have established Nextdoor.com sites. Those include the South Hull District, Garden District, Old Cloverdale and Cloverdale-Idlewild.

On December 3, a South Hull resident posted to their Nextdoor site that a neighboring elderly couple was struggling with various issues. The husband was battling cancer and his chemo had to be stopped when doctors learned that he had diabetes. The disease ultimately cost him his lower leg, and the amputation site was taking a very long time to heal. As a result of the open wound, this elderly couple had a lot of laundry. And they had no clothes dryer nor the means to obtain one.

Through a series of posts that came not only from South Hull but its surrounding neighborhoods as well,

  • An electrician and helper came forward to install the appliance once obtained.
  • $510 was donated to cover not only the appliance but the labor of the helper. The electrician, bless him, donated his labor.
  • The needed repairs and improvements to the elderly couple’s home were made and the dryer (actually a stacking washer and dryer) were installed.

All this because one person cared and because she had access to a network of other caring people.

Whether or not you’re a social media fan, I encourage you to sign onto your neighborhood’s Nextdoor.com site. It can be the start of good things — and bring you and your neighbors closer together, too! Don’t have a site? Click here to learn how to set one up.

Sandra Nickel has been listing and selling residential real estate for over 30 years, most with an intense focus on Montgomery’s Midtown neighborhoods. Sandra serves on the Mid-Alabama Coalition for the Homeless, the Cloverdale Business Coalition, Historic Southview, the Volunteer and Information Center, Landmarks Foundation and her own neighborhood Garden District Preservation Association.

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