Building A Strong Community During the Pandemic

Published on October 09, 2020

(Washington, D.C.) — On Tuesday, October 13, 2020 from 2-3:30pm, Mayor Steve Benjamin (Colombia, SC) -- former president of the African American Mayors Association -- will join Sarah Friar -- CEO of Nextdoor -- for a virtual conversation. These leaders will discuss the importance of staying connected with neighbors and supporting one’s community through the COVID-19 pandemic.

It’s clear that Americans nationwide are seeking social connection. One recent study found that 82 percent of adults believe it’s important to be “plugged in” to a community -- up from 63 percent before the pandemic. Nearly three in four agree that neighborhoods are one of the most important communities in our lives. And 7 in 10 are interested in a digital neighborhood resource to connect them to the local community.

“The neighborhood has become all the more important as our citizens continue to adjust to the necessary social distancing measures required during the COVID-19 pandemic. The virus has uprooted normal interactions, leading people to find new, creative ways to create or strengthen communities,” said Mayor Steve Benjamin. “Forming or fortifying local connections are a crucial piece of this puzzle. As our neighborhood bonds grow stronger in this health crisis, so too will our nation."

“Our neighborhoods have taken on a whole new significance this year. We have seen neighbors come together to help each other, rally in support of beloved local businesses and nonprofits, and roll up their sleeves to make their neighborhoods better,” said Sarah Friar, CEO of Nextdoor. “Neighbors have the power to create the community they want when they come together. I am honored to participate in this important conversation with Mayor Benjamin and Columbia community leaders.”

To tune into the event, RSVP to Carolyn Clendenin at

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