In partnership with Nextdoor, we honor six people who took care of their own. They prove that anyone can do good—and sometimes all you need to do is look in your own backyard.
The Organizer: Seshat Walker
Since moving to her Washington D.C. neighborhood, Seshat Walker has steadily tried to infuse it with the community spirt of her childhood hometown. Her micro-activisim has led to local history projects, newcomer activities—and now, she hopes, eliminating the food desert in their area by bringing more fresh food to the area. Learn why this cause is so important to Walker and her neighbors.
The Rescuers: Sharon Swanson Evans and Kenny Evans
When hurricane flood waters rose to five feet and beyond, Sharon Swanson Evans and Kenny Evans could have evacuated to drier ground, safe and sound. Instead, the Texas couple stayed put—using their aluminum johnboat to rescue stranded neighbors during Hurricane Harvey. Here’s why these two were inspired to save more than just themselves.
The Advocate: Jessica Bueler
When Bueler read about an attack on Syrian refugees in her neighborhood, she went straight to their community to find out how she could help. What started out as a toiletry drive to help area families turned into full-blown mentorship: Bueler is now an advocate for 20 refugee families in her city. Read more about what compelled her to devote her free time to others.
The Fixer: Selena Silvestro
When she learned of a local wheelchair-bound vet in need of assistance, Selena Silvestro paid him a visit. His needs were great—he required a wheelchair-accessible shower, his garage door was stuck, and his ceiling had water damage. So she organized a lemonade stand, which grew into a social chain, and attracted help at record speed—in the form of cash donations and volunteer work from area contractors. Here’s how she changed a life with the ring of a doorbell.
The Matchmaker: Payton Walton
As a nurse caring for victims of the Northern California wildfires, Payton Walton was heartbroken by the trauma and loss happening just 45 minutes north of her community. In her gut she knew that if her neighbors were made aware of the incredible need of the displaced families and individuals, they’d reach out. So she spread the word—and her instinct proved right. Read how Walton played matchmaker with nearly 9,000 donors and 250 families in need.