Two new features were introduced by Nextdoor earlier this week, both intending to support members during the coronavirus crisis. The first feature is called Nextoor Groups, while the second is called Help Map. The later feature lets people in an area indicate if they need help or whether they are available to help others who need it.

Although Groups does pre-date the COVID-19 coronavirus, the company’s blog post says, “We were still only beta testing Groups in neighborhoods, but there was a sudden flood of them forming organically; the number of groups created on Nextdoor in response to COVID-19 has doubled each day over the past week.”

In my area some of the more colorful groups include:

  • First Time Home Buyers – Questions and Answers
  • Ironcrest Community
  • Public Discussion: Gresham City Charter Review
  • Mason Bees and Pollinator Pals
  • Columbia Ridge Marina
  • Afternoon Card and Board Games, Gresham Library 1 to 3

Groups is seen as a tool by Nextdoor to help overcome the isolation of social distancing. Nextdoor said that organizing local volunteers is a popular category during this time of social distancing.

Help Map is a tool meant to address neighbors in need. Currently, the Help Map was not populated for me at the time of this writing.

Nextdoor also launched a dedicated, free app for public agencies earlier this month, which is intended to let public officials and first responders to reach “verified members who live within relevant service areas.” It was developed in order to respond to request from these agencies.

SourceGreg Sterling