Rooster is your city’s central hub for neighbors to help, borrow and share with one another - the only rule is that everything must be FREE. The benefits of such a community are immense: from reducing our waste and our spending, to getting to know our neighbors, and spreading acts of kindness around us. As Rooster members, we practice unconditional giving and focus on contributing our share and paying it forward. Everything on Rooster is done for free without expectation of pay or reciprocity. We’re neighbors being neighbors again.
Rooster is about people first. To successfully foster a sharing movement, it is important that everyone on board agrees on the code of conduct for the group. Every new member must sign off on these values.
The basics are:
We hope these values clarify the type of behavior and conduct expected of members.
The original pay-it-forward movement emerged in Portland, OR where today 1 in 4 homes (That’s over 60,000 of them!) are involved in acts of sharing and kindness, connecting back to their community like old times. Rooster has appeared on Portland’s local KGW (NBC affiliate), KOIN TV, The oregonian, Portland monthly and others.
To view the action from active communities please visit the “Thank yous” area, which includes thank you notes and reviews from all launched Rooster communities :-)
The main Rooster feed will show you posts from people in your proximity, as well as from all around town (you can chose). Post are separated by category.
To post on Rooster you simply click “Create a post” and choose the appropriate category.
A moderator reviews all posts, making sure they fit with the Rooster guidelines and use appropriate language and tone for the nature of this group.
Approved posts are visible to everyone on Rooster.
Once a post is satisfied the owner can “Resolve” the post, meaning they’ll no longer receive new responses.
Thank you notes are then sent between members for helping each other out, and appear on the profiles of the people involved, strengthening their trustworthiness in the community.
Well, since we don’t pay one another on Rooster, we do what every human being would do when being helped by a kind neighbor: Just say thanks, huh?
When you connect with someone and get helped on Rooster you can send a thank you note to the helper/s. That thank you note makes ‘em feel appreciated, and also appears publicly on their profile and on the Rooster “thank you wall” and “featured thank you notes” area. The positivity created by these notes encourages everyone to keep doing good, because we can clearly see the results of our actions as a community.
Visit the “thank yous” area to check it out.
Rooster does not spam. We connect neighbors. The typical email notification frequency is twice per week and you can reduce it to 0 any time.
Here is an example Rooster digest
Here is an example email notification for new members
Rooster (beta) is available in select locations. You may join a community nearby:
Rooster is still growing up. A high number of joiners in your city or neighborhood will speed up Rooster’s arrival in your location. Join now and invite your friends, you’ll be notified as soon as Rooster hatches and you’ll be able to start Roostering right away!
We love hearing from you! email us: email@example.com
No. Your address is only visible to you.
We ask for your address so we can show you more relevant requests from members who live nearby. The pins on the Rooster user map can not be associated with any specific user nor their exact location.
If no positions are posted on our website, feel free to shoot us an email with your CV or Linkedin profile, and let us know what attracts you to join Rooster and how you can contribute. We are always excited to meet individuals who share our passion and want to help. firstname.lastname@example.org
Anything else which does not directly or indirectly involve a monetary exchange or promotion is generally fine.
We encourage you to use good judgement and ask for things that are reasonable to ask a neighbor.
Borrowing and lending is a great way to spare the environment, save some bucks, meet and befriend your neighbors! The following recommendations are written for the borrowers, but lenders should read them too, so you know what to expect.
Rooster is a communal effort based on mutual trust and respect. For others to trust you with their stuff, you have to present yourself so that others know you are trustworthy.
Here are some ways to do that:
In short - be a good human who’s worthy of trust! That’s the best way to be trusted.
Lenders: Borrowing and sharing is lots of fun on Rooster, but remember there’s no insurance or guarantee for your stuff. Play nice, be safe, and use your best judgment. If at any point you feel uncomfortable lending to anyone - don’t.
Recycling our loved items, while making sure they go to a good home and someone who needs them is a wonderful feeling! By simply asking, you are giving another person the opportunity to do that. To keep the community kind spirited, friendly, equal and reciprocal, here are some helpful tips:
Also: No looking to buy (Rooster is about free), no looking for illegal or non family safe stuff and all those things that are mentioned on what can’t I post on Rooster.
Meeting new people to go on activities with or just hang out is lots of fun! You’ll get the best responses when others can understand who you are, what you’re about, and who you’re looking to meet. By being clear about these things, others can get how awesome it’ll be to meet you.
Here are some tips for connecting successfully:
Good luck, and go have fun!
Exchanging skills and services is a wonderful way to learn something new, get something done, save some cash and meet new people.
Here are a few tips for successful exchanges:
Example: You might be looking to practice Spanish for fun, with anyone who is a native speaker, or you might be looking for a professional lesson from someone who has real experience as a teacher. You might be offering a photo shoot in your professional studio, or you might just do photography as a hobby. Anything is fine!
Sometimes we’re stuck with something, and a helping hand from a friendly neighbor is just what we need. Rooster is a great way to reach out and see if a kind soul nearby is up for the task.
Here are some tips to increase your chance of getting helped:
Many Rooster members are looking for ways to give back to their communities. This makes it a great place to find volunteers for your cause, organization, or for a specific event you’re putting together. Since everything on Rooster is free, make sure you only post volunteer opportunities and not “paid-volunteering” (e.g: medical researches that pay for participants), and also make sure to only post opportunities for people to volunteer their time and good will, not their money. In other words: no asking for cash donations or fundraising is allowed.
If you’d like to offer yourself up as a volunteer (we think you’re incredible) please do. You can look for volunteering opportunities in general, or specify a skill, ability or way you want to contribute, in case a person, cause or organization out there needs your help.
Note: Please don’t use the volunteering category as a way to promote your business. That’s not cool. Got any doubts? To make sure you’re doin’ it right see volunteering a skill or a service.
Here are some helpful guidelines:
Volunteering a skill or a service on Rooster is wonderful and encouraged! We can only approve genuine volunteering, not paid services in disguise. For example:
No (smells like a paid service):
“I will dog sit when you’re away - call me”.
“I am crazy about dogs, but can not adopt one right now. It would be wonderful to have a dog over if you’re going away, please reach out. If the timing works, I’d love to host them completely for free for a few days, just leaves some dog food and toys with me.”
No (smells like a paid service): “I will dog sit when you’re away - call me”.
Yes: “I am crazy about dogs, but can not adopt one right now. It would be wonderful to have a dog over if you’re going away, please reach out. If the timing works, I’d love to host them completely for free for a few days, just leaves some dog food and toys with me.”
The signs of genuine volunteering include:
Appearing to volunteer and later asking for pay is iffy. Please avoid it on Rooster. Our moderators will ask for edits on posts that are in the gray area - thanks for understanding.
Generally speaking - yes. We encourage you to use common sense and moderation. Constantly re-posting can be counter productive, ending up annoying the very people you're looking to get help from. Be reasonable.
Yes, we do. :)
It varies between a few hours and up to a few days.
Once you have found what you needed, you can visit your post and mark it as “resolved”. This will prevent new users from contacting you, but existing conversations can continue. You can access all your posts through your Rooster profile.
Write a thank you note to Roosters who’ve really earned it. You are the best judge of that, but typically it involves doing more than just dropping you a line on email, and actually helping you in real life.
A great thank you note:
“Melissa has been so kind in lending me her blender. Our family dinner was a great success, and we couldn’t have done it without her. Thank you so much for your generosity Melissa!”
Not as great thank you note:
“Thanks Melissa. Awesome”
See the difference?
Rooster is about sharing and helping one another. A big part of that is being open to receiving the posts, offers and requests others on the group are making. It's the way we communicate and participate. You can always leave the community and unsubscribe entirely by clicking the 'unsubscribe' link at the bottom of your Rooster email.
Rooster does not verify member identities. We encourage members to use Rooster with care and responsibility.