Nextdoor St. Louis to honor nextdoor heroes at 5th anniversary celebration

ST. LOUIS, Mo. – The City of St. Louis Board of Aldermen President Lewis Reed will be awarding Nextdoor Heroes and Neighborhoods of 2018 at the Nextdoor St. Louis 5th Anniversary celebration.

“Nextdoor has been an efficient way for residents to become more engaged within their own communities and connect with the City,” Reed said. “Five years later, we have more than 50,000 neighbors connected in every neighborhood of the City. I look forward to seeing the connections grow even further.”

In 2013, Reed brought Nextdoor.com to the city. Today, there are more than 50,000 members connected across 390 neighborhoods. Over the last five years, Nextdoor has kept the conversation going throughout neighborhoods, whether it be about lost pets or crime prevention.

On Thursday, January 24th, St. Louis will be celebrating five years of Nextdoor in the city as well as recognizing some of the neighbors who have utilized Nextdoor, in a positive way, at the Nextdoor Hero Awards Ceremony.

This year, the city will be honoring 20 awardees and their stories, including Janice Taylor, who helped purchase a medical device for a neighbor in need, and Michael Szerzinksi, who helped another neighbor get to work after he fell and broke his ankle.

Notably, both neighborhood heroes had never met before they had only chatted on Nextdoor.

“Our city is strong when we have informed, active and involved residents,” Reed said. “Their input is vital for our local government to respond to community needs.”

The following is a list of the awardees:

Nextdoor Heroes 2018

Lorien Carter, McKinley Heights
Birdie Chandler, Shaw
Jan Clinite, Tower Grove East
Kimberly-Ann Collins, O’Fallon
Bill Friedwald, Grand-Bates
Robin Gilespie, Holly Hills
Bobbie Holt, Carondelet
Oana Dimofte Jackson, McKinley Height
Allen McDonnell, Shaw
Scott Mudd, Princeton Heights
Timetria Murphy-Watson, Hyde Park
Dr. Melissa Nash, O’Fallon
Joseph Pauk, Lindenwood Park
Barbara Scales, Penrose
Michael Szerzinski, Holly Hills
Janice Taylor, Holly Hills
Greg Venneman, Holy Hills
Sundy Whiteside, Walnut Park East
Bob Woods, Fountain Park
Daniel Zdrodowski, Compton Heights

Nextdoor Neighborhood Awards 2018

Most Connected Neighborhood, The Syndicate
Most Talkative Neighborhood, Holy Hills
Most Supportive Neighborhood, Princeton Heights
Most Social Neighborhood, Soulard
Most Helpful Neighborhood, Shaw
Strongest Virtual Neighborhood Watch, Southampton
Most Welcoming Neighborhood, Benton Park
Neighborhood Champions, Old North St. Louis

The Nextdoor St. Louis 5th Anniversary will be held Thursday, January 24, 2019, from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm, with remarks beginning at 6:00 pm. The celebration will be held at Cabanne House (5300 Lindell Blvd., St. Louis, Mo. 63112).