Neighborhoods harness power of social media to enhance sense of community

(NBC News) - Many people check Facebook and other social media sites multiple times per day.

Some neighborhoods are taking advantage of that as they work to create a sense of community.

In southwest Louisville, Ky., a woman was living in inhumane conditions.

She got a fresh start after someone posted on the "I am Dixie Highway" Facebook group, which links 7,000 people.

The Germantown-Schnitzelburg site connects nearly 10,000 people.

The creator says he designed it to learn about the past, and how the area has changed over the years.

On the site, neighbors post about things including crime and lost pets.

"They're just trying to get the word out," Danny McMahon explained.

They also work to find funds for those who need help.

"Raise money for a neighbor who died a couple years ago and doesn't have a grave marker," McMahon added.

"It's nice for people to get on the page and realize there are still good people in the community who are willing to help," Susie Ford said.  "It lifts everybody's spirits."

Does your community have a Facebook page to connect neighbors? If so, tell us about it on our page, www.kshb.com/facebook.


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