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Start a Group

© Liesl Clark

© Liesl Clark

The Buy Nothing Project is made up of a worldwide network of hyper-local gift economies. Official groups are set up on Facebook using our copyright protected documents, artwork and images so that every branch of our network operates under the same Mission and guiding Principles. We are an incubator, seeding local gift economies all over the world. We provide our materials through a Creative Commons license and give local volunteers leadership training on how to steward a local community group. We also connect volunteers in a network of Local, Regional, Development, and Global Teams of volunteers to provide support and answer questions.

 

Would you like to join an Admin team for an existing local Buy Nothing group? Please check this page for more information about the admin role in the Buy Nothing Project. Check with the admin of your group to find out if there are openings in your neighborhood! Once you’ve made that connection, please be sure to connect with someone from the Regional Team to learn how to participate in our training! You can also email us at thebuynothingproject@gmail.com if you have any questions.

 

Want to start a Buy Nothing group in your own neighborhood? Please be sure to double check whether there is an existing group for your local community listed here before volunteering to start a new group. Once you’ve confirmed there is no existing group in your area, please read the information on this page and fill out our Start-a-Group form at the bottom to participate in our training!

 

The primary responsibility of the Local Admin is to uphold, through example and explanation, the Mission and Principles of the Buy Nothing Project.

 

As stewards of our Mission to their varied local communities, our volunteers are essential to the continued success of the Buy Nothing Project. If you love the Buy Nothing Project, have some spare time each week, and would like to help this amazing experiment grow in your neighborhood, we would love for you to join us!

 

Every local admin volunteer in the Buy Nothing Project is similarly connected through our network of volunteers. Buy Nothing volunteers uphold, through example and explanation, the Mission of the Buy Nothing Project. We also have opportunity to collaborate within the project to strengthen our communities and the Buy Nothing Project as a whole.

 

The primary duties of the Local Admin are to:


· Regularly review posts and comments, and take action regarding posts and comments that do not fit within our Rules;
· Model giving, asking, and gratitude within your own local group;
· Respect and explain the Buy Nothing Project Rules, guiding members to better understand and implement them;
· Model and encourage the Buy Nothing Project Suggestions for successful posts;
· Regularly engage members with Admin posts, comments and encouraging remarks;
· Strive to communicate with members with clarity, compassion, humility, and by offering a face-saving solution whenever possible;
· Respond to all membership inquiries in a timely manner;
· Respond to member questions or concerns and resolve group issues in a timely manner, in keeping with all Buy Nothing Project policies;
· Participate in the hyper-localization (sprouting) process when you feel your group is ready, as our goal is to have a worldwide network of hyper-local gift economies;
· Review our volunteer-centered forums and groups, and participate in these groups in order to engage and collaborate with other volunteers and admins.


It is very important for our volunteers to be familiar with our Rules and Standards. Make sure to review these before moving forward. Another great source of information is our Frequently Asked Questions page. All Admins are also asked to regularly review and be familiar with our Mission and Principles. 

 

We perform these roles collaboratively, with each admin taking on the tasks that feel most comfortable to them, as long as all of these tasks are completed. While these duties are often shared, it is important that every Local Admin be able and willing to take on any and all of these tasks if necessary.

 

A Buy Nothing Project local volunteer admin spends a bit of time each day checking the posts in their group to ensure they are within the scope of our rules, verifying and adding new members, modeling preferred behaviors and types of posts to inspire others in the community to participate and learn about the mission, and posting Admin Reminders or encouragement for more activity in the group as needed.

 

Local Admins estimate that they spend 15-60 minutes per day looking over the groups, reviewing posts, replying to questions, verifying membership requests, and participating in the group, depending on the size and activity level in a group, as well as the number of co-Admins.

 

We recommend that all Admins have some access to a computer. Volunteers with access to Facebook only via their phone may have difficulty performing certain tasks.
Every Buy Nothing Project Admin lives in the hyper-local area where their group is located.

Here’s how we can help you set up a new group for your neighborhood:

1. Let us know that you would like to steward a group for your community by filling out the form at the bottom of this page. Since you know your region better than we do, think about what area makes sense as a single group. You’ll want an area large enough to gather members, but not so geographically large that it will be difficult for members to connect in person. Typically, we hope for no more than 20 minutes travel time from one end of a group to the other. Groups with over 30 minutes of travel from one end of a group to the other should be a rare exception for very sparsely populated rural areas. General population of an area comes into play as well, since the best way to reach our goal of being hyper-local groups is to keep the size of the group itself small enough to build community. We recommend an area with a population of 25,000 people or less.

2. Each group will need one or two volunteers. As you take our 7-day Training Course, and collaborate with a Buy Nothing Project Development Team member, consider asking a neighbor to join you in this endeavor. All of our admins must have a Facebook account. If you do not have one, you’ll need to create one in order to get started. Once your group is set up, we will introduce you to your Regional Team, and we will invite you to join our Buy Nothing Project Admin support and resource groups, where our admins and volunteers communicate, collaborate and contribute to the Project as a whole.

 

3. There is a link in the form to a Buy Nothing Admin Training group of which there are 2 each month, starting on the 1st and 15th. Through the 7-day training, our Training and Development Teams will be in touch with you to discuss the geographical area for your group, and then we’ll walk you through the steps for setting it up. 4. Once the group is set up and we have introduced you to the rest of the Regional volunteer team, we will add your group to the Find-A-Group page, and you will start getting requests from the general public to join! We encourage you to invite your neighbors, and talk about the Buy Nothing Project wherever you go!

 

Once you send us a request to start a new group, wait until the Training group begins on either the 1st or the 15th, the specific date will be indicated in the group’s name. If you’ve requested to join the training group and the Training Team or Development Team needs additional information from you before you can be added to the training, we will reach out to you as quickly as possible. Please be sure to check your Facebook “message requests” folder. Message Requests: https://www.facebook.com/messages/requests/ 

 

After your training session, we’ll ask you to become a member of the Buy Nothing Project Volunteer Resource Center and your Local Admin Support Team, where you will be provided with further details on how we perform each of these tasks. Our Admin Reference Manual covers a wide range of topics and procedures, and provides a wealth of information for you to read at your own pace.

 

If you have any questions at all, please do not hesitate to ask. Your Regional Team, the other Local Admins in your Region, and the Global Team are all available to support and assist you whenever possible.

 

After that, you just start posting! We encourage all our admins to set an example by posting offers and requests, as well as informative posts and helpful tips. You will find examples to get you started in our Admin groups.

 

Keep in mind that this project is made up entirely of volunteers, many with families and jobs, and there has recently been a huge influx of new-group requests. Thanks in advance for your patience!

Here is the direct link to our Google Form to get started!  https://goo.gl/forms/XwGdEnqmr3J7scjI3
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640 comments on “Start a Group

  1. Hi, I moved to this area I guess you would call it southwest raleigh NC and was hopping to join.
    I would rather join one but I don’t know which one to go to. If not I would not mind getting one going. Thank you for starting this up.

  2. SW Arlington
    Tarrant County
    Texas

  3. I want to start a buy nothing group in Florence Oregon

  4. I’d love to start a group as an admin, in my area as I am a social worker/Intensive case manager, working with clients who have much to give but with limited funds.

  5. I was so excited to learn of this project on a Tulsa News this evening. I had been wanting to start a Sharing Box, but there are so many variables & shortcomings associated with them. This sounds so much better and has the potential to reach so many more people!

  6. I want to start a local no but swap site in my area

  7. I would like to start a BuyNothing Group for HEBRON/Amston CT. Hebron is a town of about 10,000 people and includes the Village of Amston. Our neighboring towns of Colchester, Columbia/Lebanon and Manchester already have groups started and people are getting excited.
    Thanks,
    Linda Mixter

  8. Filled out the form to start a new BN group before Xmas, and still havent had a reply…

  9. Hi! I submitted my request a couple of months ago and haven’t heard anything. Can you confirm you received it for king of Prussia pa?

  10. i’ve moved to a small town in columbia county, ny. There is currently a group called the generosity of Columbia County, however it is a huge geographical group, and difficult to exchange on a regular basis. there is currently a group called the generosity of Columbia County, however it is a huge geographical group, and difficult to exchange on a regular basis.
    although I do reside in Columbia County, I am in a very weird spot, I am much closer to Dutchess County: Red Hook, NY, Pine Plains, New York, Rhinebeck, NY and Livingston, NY. The town I live in, Gallatin, only has a Townhall, and doesn’t even get recognized by Facebook.
    I am very interested in beginning and admiring a BNP group for the above listed towns.

  11. Hi Hilda,

    If there isn’t a Buy Nothing group yet in your community (check this list which is updated frequently https://buynothingproject.org/find-a-group/ ), we’d love to see a gift economy started where you are. We just need a local volunteer to join us as admin (our entire network is run by volunteers).

    If you’re interested in becoming an Admin, please fill out the form you will find on the page in the following link. Once you have done so, the Development Admin for your area will contact you. Please have patience, this process is done in our volunteers’ free time, as such a reply may take some time, but I assure you they will respond. Currently there is a backlog of several weeks, due to the huge increase in interest; our Development Team is working diligently through the requests for new groups as quickly as they are able.

    https://buynothingproject.org/start-a-group/

    Thanks for your interest in our social experiment!

  12. Hi Marianna,

    If there isn’t a Buy Nothing group yet in your community (check this list which is updated frequently https://buynothingproject.org/find-a-group/ ), we’d love to see a gift economy started where you are. We just need a local volunteer to join us as admin (our entire network is run by volunteers).

    If you’re interested in becoming an Admin, please fill out the form you will find on the page in the following link. Once you have done so, the Development Admin for your area will contact you. Please have patience, this process is done in our volunteers’ free time, as such a reply may take some time, but I assure you they will respond. Currently there is a backlog of several weeks, due to the huge increase in interest; our Development Team is working diligently through the requests for new groups as quickly as they are able.

    https://buynothingproject.org/start-a-group/

    Thanks for your interest in our social experiment!

  13. Hi Victoria,

    If there isn’t a Buy Nothing group yet in your community (check this list which is updated frequently https://buynothingproject.org/find-a-group/ ), we’d love to see a gift economy started where you are. We just need a local volunteer to join us as admin (our entire network is run by volunteers).

    If you’re interested in becoming an Admin, please fill out the form you will find on the page in the following link. Once you have done so, the Development Admin for your area will contact you. Please have patience, this process is done in our volunteers’ free time, as such a reply may take some time, but I assure you they will respond. Currently there is a backlog of several weeks, due to the huge increase in interest; our Development Team is working diligently through the requests for new groups as quickly as they are able.

    https://buynothingproject.org/start-a-group/

    Thanks for your interest in our social experiment!

  14. Hi Polly,

    If there isn’t a Buy Nothing group yet in your community (check this list which is updated frequently https://buynothingproject.org/find-a-group/ ), we’d love to see a gift economy started where you are. We just need a local volunteer to join us as admin (our entire network is run by volunteers).

    If you’re interested in becoming an Admin, please fill out the form you will find on the page in the following link. Once you have done so, the Development Admin for your area will contact you. Please have patience, this process is done in our volunteers’ free time, as such a reply may take some time, but I assure you they will respond. Currently there is a backlog of several weeks, due to the huge increase in interest; our Development Team is working diligently through the requests for new groups as quickly as they are able.

    https://buynothingproject.org/start-a-group/

    Thanks for your interest in our social experiment!

  15. Hi Tania,

    If there isn’t a Buy Nothing group yet in your community (check this list which is updated frequently https://buynothingproject.org/find-a-group/ ), we’d love to see a gift economy started where you are. We just need a local volunteer to join us as admin (our entire network is run by volunteers).

    If you’re interested in becoming an Admin, please fill out the form you will find on the page in the following link. Once you have done so, the Development Admin for your area will contact you. Please have patience, this process is done in our volunteers’ free time, as such a reply may take some time, but I assure you they will respond. Currently there is a backlog of several weeks, due to the huge increase in interest; our Development Team is working diligently through the requests for new groups as quickly as they are able.

    https://buynothingproject.org/start-a-group/

    Thanks for your interest in our social experiment!

  16. Hi Sara,

    If there isn’t a Buy Nothing group yet in your community (check this list which is updated frequently https://buynothingproject.org/find-a-group/ ), we’d love to see a gift economy started where you are. We just need a local volunteer to join us as admin (our entire network is run by volunteers).

    If you’re interested in becoming an Admin, please fill out the form you will find on the page in the following link. Once you have done so, the Development Admin for your area will contact you. Please have patience, this process is done in our volunteers’ free time, as such a reply may take some time, but I assure you they will respond. Currently there is a backlog of several weeks, due to the huge increase in interest; our Development Team is working diligently through the requests for new groups as quickly as they are able.

    https://buynothingproject.org/start-a-group/

    Thanks for your interest in our social experiment!

  17. Hi Shirley,

    To participate in the Buy Nothing Project, where you can give freely, share creatively and ask for anything you’d like to receive for free or borrow; you’ll need to find and join the group in your neighborhood from this list: https://buynothingproject.org/find-a-group/ which is updated frequently.

    May you be successful gifting items to your neighbors!

  18. Hi Heather,

    If there isn’t a Buy Nothing group yet in your community (check this list which is updated frequently https://buynothingproject.org/find-a-group/ ), we’d love to see a gift economy started where you are. We just need a local volunteer to join us as admin (our entire network is run by volunteers).

    If you’re interested in becoming an Admin, please fill out the form you will find on the page in the following link. Once you have done so, the Development Admin for your area will contact you. Please have patience, this process is done in our volunteers’ free time, as such a reply may take some time, but I assure you they will respond. Our Development Team is working diligently through the requests for new groups as quickly as they are able.

    https://buynothingproject.org/start-a-group/

    Thanks for your interest in our social experiment!

  19. Hi Francisco,

    If there isn’t a Buy Nothing group yet in your community (check this list which is updated frequently https://buynothingproject.org/find-a-group/ ), we’d love to see a gift economy started where you are. We just need a local volunteer to join us as admin (our entire network is run by volunteers).

    If you’re interested in becoming an Admin, please fill out the form you will find on the page in the following link. Once you have done so, the Development Admin for your area will contact you. Please have patience, this process is done in our volunteers’ free time, as such a reply may take some time, but I assure you they will respond. Our Development Team is working diligently through the requests for new groups as quickly as they are able.

    https://buynothingproject.org/start-a-group/

    Thanks for your interest in our social experiment!

  20. Hi Camy,

    Did you find your hyper-local Buy Nothing community group? Please have a look at the list, and copy/paste the link for your neighborhood into your browser, which will then give you an option to ‘request to join.’ https://buynothingproject.org/find-a-group

    Thanks for your interest in our social experiment!

  21. Hi Donna,

    If there isn’t a Buy Nothing group yet in your community (check this list which is updated frequently https://buynothingproject.org/find-a-group/ ), we’d love to see a gift economy started where you are. We just need a local volunteer to join us as admin (our entire network is run by volunteers).

    If you’re interested in becoming an Admin, please fill out the form you will find on the page in the following link. Once you have done so, the Development Admin for your area will contact you. Please have patience, this process is done in our volunteers’ free time, as such a reply may take some time, but I assure you they will respond. Our Development Team is working diligently through the requests for new groups as quickly as they are able.

    https://buynothingproject.org/start-a-group/

    Thanks for your interest in our social experiment!

  22. Hi Wilma,

    Thanks for offering your time as an Admin for Buy Nothing. The Development Admin for your area will contact you. Please have patience, this process is done in our volunteers’ free time, as such a reply may take some time, but I assure you they will respond. Our Development Team is working diligently through the requests for new groups as quickly as they are able.

    https://buynothingproject.org/start-a-group/

    Thanks for your interest in our social experiment!

  23. Good afternoon! I just filled out the form to start up a Buy Nothing group in Salinas, CA. I filled out and submitted on my phone and had some trouble with the form jumping to the bottom of the page/comments section at each entry so I’m hoping my submission was successful. Thank you!

  24. Hi Melinda,

    If there isn’t a Buy Nothing group yet in your community (check this list which is updated frequently https://buynothingproject.org/find-a-group/ ), we’d love to see a gift economy started where you are. We just need a local volunteer to join us as admin (our entire network is run by volunteers).

    If you’re interested in becoming an Admin, please fill out the form you will find on the page in the following link. Once you have done so, the Development Admin for your area will contact you. Please have patience, this process is done in our volunteers’ free time, as such a reply may take some time, but I assure you they will respond. Our Development Team is working diligently through the requests for new groups as quickly as they are able.

    https://buynothingproject.org/start-a-group/

    Thanks for your interest in our social experiment!

  25. Hi De Anna,

    To participate in the Buy Nothing Project, where you can give freely, share creatively and ask for anything you’d like to receive for free or borrow; you’ll need to find and join the group in your neighborhood from this list: https://buynothingproject.org/find-a-group/ which is updated frequently.

    Thanks for your interest in our Social Experiment!

  26. Hi Bobbie,

    If there isn’t a Buy Nothing group yet in your community (check this list which is updated frequently https://buynothingproject.org/find-a-group/ ), we’d love to see a gift economy started where you are. We just need a local volunteer to join us as admin (our entire network is run by volunteers).

    If you’re interested in becoming an Admin, please fill out the form you will find on the page in the following link. Once you have done so, the Development Admin for your area will contact you. Please have patience, this process is done in our volunteers’ free time, as such a reply may take some time, but I assure you they will respond. Our Development Team is working diligently through the requests for new groups as quickly as they are able.

    https://buynothingproject.org/start-a-group/

    Thanks for your interest in our social experiment!

  27. Hi Karyn,

    If there isn’t a Buy Nothing group yet in your community (check this list which is updated frequently https://buynothingproject.org/find-a-group/ ), we’d love to see a gift economy started where you are. We just need a local volunteer to join us as admin (our entire network is run by volunteers).

    If you’re interested in becoming an Admin, please fill out the form you will find on the page in the following link. Once you have done so, the Development Admin for your area will contact you. Please have patience, this process is done in our volunteers’ free time, as such a reply may take some time, but I assure you they will respond. Our Development Team is working diligently through the requests for new groups as quickly as they are able.

    https://buynothingproject.org/start-a-group/

    Thanks for your interest in our social experiment!

  28. Hi Amanda,

    If there isn’t a Buy Nothing group yet in your community (check this list which is updated frequently https://buynothingproject.org/find-a-group/ ), we’d love to see a gift economy started where you are. We just need a local volunteer to join us as admin (our entire network is run by volunteers).

    If you’re interested in becoming an Admin, please fill out the form you will find on the page in the following link. Once you have done so, the Development Admin for your area will contact you. Please have patience, this process is done in our volunteers’ free time, as such a reply may take some time, but I assure you they will respond. Our Development Team is working diligently through the requests for new groups as quickly as they are able.

    https://buynothingproject.org/start-a-group/

    Thanks for your interest in our social experiment!

  29. Hi Linda,

    If there isn’t a Buy Nothing group yet in your community (check this list which is updated frequently https://buynothingproject.org/find-a-group/ ), we’d love to see a gift economy started where you are. We just need a local volunteer to join us as admin (our entire network is run by volunteers).

    If you’re interested in becoming an Admin, please fill out the form you will find on the page in the following link. Once you have done so, the Development Admin for your area will contact you. Please have patience, this process is done in our volunteers’ free time, as such a reply may take some time, but I assure you they will respond. Our Development Team is working diligently through the requests for new groups as quickly as they are able.

    https://buynothingproject.org/start-a-group/

    Thanks for your interest in our social experiment!

  30. Hi Tally,

    I can confirm we have received your inquiry, and your Development Admin has sent you an email to the address you provided on or around January 6th.

    Thanks for offering your time to the Buy Nothing admin team!

  31. Hi Marissa,

    Thanks for offering to be an Admin for the Buy Nothing Project. I can confirm we have received your inquiry, and you should have been sent an email from your Development Admin recently.

    Thanks again for offering to join the Buy Nothing Admin Team!

  32. Hi Aurora,

    If there isn’t a Buy Nothing group yet in your community (check this list which is updated frequently https://buynothingproject.org/find-a-group/ ), we’d love to see a gift economy started where you are. We just need a local volunteer to join us as admin (our entire network is run by volunteers).

    If you’re interested in becoming an Admin, please fill out the form you will find on the page in the following link. Once you have done so, the Development Admin for your area will contact you. Please have patience, this process is done in our volunteers’ free time, as such a reply may take some time, but I assure you they will respond. Our Development Team is working diligently through the requests for new groups as quickly as they are able.

    https://buynothingproject.org/start-a-group/

    Thanks for your interest in our social experiment!

  33. Yes Nichole,

    I can confirm we have received your inquiry for a new Buy Nothing group on January 15th.
    the Development Admin for your area will contact you. Please have patience, this process is done in our volunteers’ free time, as such a reply may take some time, but I assure you they will respond. Our Development Team is working diligently through the requests for new groups as quickly as they are able.

    Thanks for offering your time as an admin for the Buy Nothing Project!

  34. Hi! I’d like to start a buynothingproject in my area of Oceanside, CA. Specifically the Heni Hills neighborhood.

  35. I would like to see about starting a group in the Casco/Richmond area of Michigan. could you please send me the information needed. Thank you

  36. Why no bartering or trades?

  37. If I am on my iPhone using facebook, where and how do I get to view my URL? I started filling out the application to start a group in my area but I do not know my full URL. Please direct me to get to it using my iphone.

  38. Hi I would like to start a buy nothing group in my area

  39. I already have a group going how do i partner up with you guys?

  40. Can you confirm my entry as well? Under TJ leadens, for Maple Grove, MN. I have 3 admins including myself ready to go.

  41. Hi am Chad
    I just moved to Iowa City IA in Dec. I just rented a room in a house and the landload said Ii could get a mini fridge for my room. There 8 other people that live in this house so we have to share a bathroom, kitchen and living room. There is a couple biggger refrigerators in the hpuse but would like my owen mini fridge so stuff don’t come up missing. If there’s anybody from the iowa city IA area that would like to give there mini fridge please send me an email.
    Thanks
    Chad

  42. Hello! I submitted a form on January 18th and have not heard back from anyone (almost a month later). I know there is a backlog, but I just want to make sure my form went through! Thank you!

  43. Hi, what a great idea this project is. I’m happy to have heard about it, and would be interested to start a group in my area. I live in Southbury, CT close to Middlebury, Oxford, and Woodbury.

  44. I would like to start a group for the Hammond Louisiana area.
    Sonya

  45. Hello, I submitted the form to start a Buy Nothing group in Napa, CA a few weeks ago and have not heard anything. I Just wanted to reach out and make sure my form was received and to see if there was anything else I need to do on my end. Thanks.

  46. I live in Panama City and would like to start a group here

  47. Interested in seeing the group come to our area to share! I’ve got a little free time, and interest in reducing waste and increasing community.
    Hoping a few others could collaborate with it as admin needs arise.

  48. Christina contreras ..[removed]
    Pasadena TX 77503 [removed]@yahoo.com

  49. Hi Donald,

    To participate in the Buy Nothing Project, where you can give freely, share creatively and ask for anything you’d like to receive for free or borrow; you’ll need to find and join the group in your neighborhood from this list: https://buynothingproject.org/find-a-group/ which is updated frequently.

    Best of luck with your search for a dresser!

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