A community feels more alive when people who live there love it enough to help improve it. Would you agree? Helping your community makes life better for you, your family, friends, and neighbors. If you look around and see that your community has a lot of problems, there’s no better time to start being a part of the solution and not the problem.
Here are some ways to help your community in a positive way:
1. Do some research. Before you can help your community, you should take time to do a bit of research and find out what the community needs.
• Use the internet to run some basic searches using keywords, such as “community needs”, “volunteer opportunities”, or “problems in the community”.
• Talk to people who have lived in the community for a long time.
• Participate in community events or block club meetings.
2. Learn about organizations within your community. Find out as much as you can about local non-profit organizations and charities. Visit their webpages and find out what they do, who they serve, why they do it, how they are funded, and what types of volunteer opportunities they have available.
• Donate or volunteer at your local food pantry or shelter.
• Volunteer at your local recreation center or church to help encourage youth or senior citizen activities.
• Participate and support local events/fundraisers.
3. Support your local economy. Healthy communities have healthy local economies. People work together to help each other make a living and thrive.
• Buy your food from local vendors.
• Shop at local businesses whenever you can.
• Consider starting your own business to serve your community.
4. Recycle and compost. Many communities are experiencing problems with landfills that are getting full.
• Spread awareness about how to recycle in your community.
• Start a recycling program at your local school or place of work.
5. Be less reliant on your car. Communities that rely heavily on car transportation often experience elevated air pollution levels.
• Walk or bike where you need to go.
• Use public transportation (bus, subway, elevated rail system).
• Carpool to work or school, instead of driving places by yourself.
Remember, your community is a blue print of who you are. The more love you pour in, the better it will get. Then, you can enjoy the benefits. Be creative and courageous while helping your community.