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Use an App to Discover Your Community

IN THE September 27 ISSUE

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by staff

Just like the best beginner trading apps that teach you how to invest your money, you need apps that help you connect with your community. It turns out, there are quite a few. They help you trade, make friends, and find new places to do things in your community.money

Next Door
The Next Door app helps you do everything from share a news bulletin about a lost dog, to where to find a good sitter where you live. Created to be a small version of Facebook, you connect with people in the near vicinity. Make friends and discuss the local raccoons infesting the garbage cans every night. Solve the problem and have a laugh at it at the same time. You can discover your community locally with this app.

ioby
ioby is an app for crowdfunding. This one actually helps you raise the money needed for things that count. Non-profits in your community can create funding to build something, or save something. The important thing is the way it connects like-minded people together. People that care about your cause can donate until the project funding is complete. It’s a cool thing for building community. You can discover your community while helping a cause. Find like-minded people, too.

Tribe Platform
This is another amazing app for communities. It builds community across a distance. So this one is a bit different, but it’s worth mentioning because it does build community. People on the app create posts and share anything on a common subject. It’s a great place to network. The interface is available for over 25 languages, so it’s worldwide. Think of it as a way to build community worldwide! Discover the things you have in common with others.

Freecycle

This is a non-profit app for people that want to get free things and work at a grassroots level. Membership costs nothing. Anyone can join. It allows people in your community to barter. Members post a message about the thing they have for free. Members that want that thing reply and set up a local pick-up for the item. No medications or drugs exchanged, but anything else is up for grabs. You’ll find out about the community you live in and get free things.

Neighborland

This one concentrates on civic work. The members work together on a common project. In the process of the work, the members get to know one another and learn about the community. Conversations turn into shares about the best place to get pizza or find a dog sitter. It’s a great social app for learning about your community. You can shape the way your neighborhood develops and make new friends. Hosting an event helps you get to know the people in the neighborhood even more.

Patch

This community app works to help members network together to share the local news. As you read and participate in the app, you’ll learn about community events along with the local news stories. The discussion board is a great place to make some friends as well. Stay up on the local events and important information about your community.

Olio
If you love food and want to learn about your community, then this is the app for you. It brings people together to share surplus food in the area. Eat free and meet your local neighbors at the same time. It’s probably one of the must-have apps unless you are uncomfortable with receiving free food. The truth is, though. People on the app end up making friends that get together for dinner dates to create community.

Everyblock
This app is super focused on the exact block you live on. It does what most other apps do for community news and events. If there’s a block party about to happen, you’ll read about it on here. Posts include neighbor news, civic information. It’s a great way to learn about your neighborhood. It’s one of the best apps for new neighbors looking to find the best place to get a sandwich.

All these apps help you get to know who is doing what in your community. Whether it’s at a distance, or nearby, you’ll network and learn about the community where you live and socialize. Considering the world today, it’s more than just your block, but there’s an app for that too.

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