Rooster is a local sharing community where neighbors share free resources. 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. Everything on Rooster is done for free without expectation of pay or reciprocity. We’re neighbors being neighbors again.
We are creating a gifting economy
In a gifting economy, each member gives according to their best abilities, skills, means and capacity. A gift is never measured by monetary value - items, skills, time, labor, friendship, advice, connection and support are all valuable gifts.
Pay it forward
Generosity among strangers is contagious! Giving on Rooster does not warrant pay or reciprocity - instead, we pay it forward and spread acts of kindness in growing circles.
Make a connection
Gifting economies are said to nurture communities: with profit considerations out of the way, we make room for simple things like a smile, human connection, gratitude and friendship.
Respect your peers
Roosters is a group of people who are generally awesome, just like you. We treat each other as friends would, by the way we interact and behave.
Live a greener lifestyle
Recycling, borrowing and lending helps reduce our consumption and keeps tons of waste out of our landfills.
Participate and lead
Rooster is yours. Take action to make it thrive and create the change you’d like to see. Make this community your home.
Joining Rooster in your neighborhood is easy: simply sign up with your email address.
Within a community, members post their offers and requests for various resources - from giving away or looking for unused goods to borrowing items, swapping services, sharing rides and much more. Rooster is all about sharing our free resources, so no buying, selling or paid services can be posted.
You’ll receive updates from the group several times a week (typically once in 2 or 3 days) and will be able to post to the group as well.
For more about what can be posted on Rooster read our
Founding members are the first people to join Rooster in their city, and help launch their community. The first major city to adopt Rooster was Portland, OR where over 40,000 members have joined. We need 1,000 members to get a new city started. The founding members area gives you all the information and tools you need to help get Rooster going - from sharing on Facebook to spreading the word around town.
Founding members get a unique badge on their Rooster profile for life, and are invited to participate in exclusive events, discussions, and feedback sessions to help shape and lead their local communities.
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!
Yes it is, and always will be!
We love hearing from you! email us: firstname.lastname@example.org
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. email@example.com
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.
When someone helps you on Rooster, you can write them a “thank you note”, to appears on their Rooster profile. Your thank you note lets everyone see how awesome that person is!
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.