GOOD’s Inaugural “Neighborday” Set to Host Thousands of Global Gatherings
On April 27, neighbors from nearly 200 cities in 15 countries will host celebrations around the world to meet and connect with their communities
LOS ANGELES (April 24, 2013) – GOOD, the community of people who give a damn, will celebrate Neighborday this Saturday, April 27, with nearly 2,000 neighborhood events around the world. The holiday encourages members of the community to connect with neighbors and celebrate the spirit of interdependence.
In a world where we are increasingly connected online, few of us know our real world neighbors. In fact, according to Pew research, roughly 60 percent of Americans don’t know all of their neighbors. According to Nextdoor, a neighborhood community social network, just 16 percent of us trust all of our neighbors and a quarter of us barely speak to our neighbors. Neighborday aims to change that.
"Neighborday is one of those ideas you can't believe didn't exist before now. This is what we've been trying to do at 826 for the past ten years—collapse the space between people who share a community,” said Dave Eggers, founder of 826 National, a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing under-resourced students, ages 6-18, with opportunities to explore their creativity and improve their writing skills. 826 is hosting Neighborday events with themed writing workshops at their centers in San Francisco, Los Angeles and Ann Arbor.
GOOD community members from around the country—and the globe—have committed to hosting gatherings, like Patrick McDonnell of Dallas, Texas, who is participating in a community mural painting. Or like Beverly Nel of Johannesburg, South Africa, who will be cleaning up an open lot in her neighborhood.
Janae Hagen is taking her own unique spin on Neighborday in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Seattle, Wash. She and her friends are planning a free lemonade stand on the sidewalk along an underground subway construction site whose temporary walls have turned into a massive community art project. She'll have sidewalk chalk for passersby to decorate the concrete with words and images about why they love Capitol Hill.
Herman Milligan of Minneapolis, Minn., is going all out for his Neighborday celebration. Milligan plans to break the ice and create a sense of camaraderie by asking adults and kids to tell why they like their neighbors and neighborhood. People will bring their favorite dishes, desserts, and beverages to share and games will be available for kids to play.
“It’s inspiring to see the positive responses to Neighborday from the GOOD community around the world,” said Ben Goldhirsh, CEO of GOOD. “We are thrilled that thousands of community events have been planned and we are excited to watch them unfold on Neighborday. We hope that this day is a catalyst for making an impact in neighborhoods and communities around the world.”
GOOD is excited to partner around Neighborday with other organizations who share its objectives, including 826 National, Nextdoor, TOMS, Whole Planet Foundation, Tasting Table and others committed to celebrating the spirit of neighboring.
“We’re thrilled to be part of the global Neighborday celebration,” said Sarah Leary, Co-Founder and VP of Marketing of Nextdoor, the free and private social network for neighborhoods. “We know that the simple act of connecting with your neighbors leads to stronger and safer neighborhoods for all.”
For more information on how to get involved with Neighborday or for ideas on what to do in your community, visit http://www.good.is/neighboring.
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