How You Can Be More Involved Within Your Local Community

We can all be a little guilty sometimes of being a little absorbed in our lives. That’s just life I guess. But what we can sometimes fail to see is that there are people around us that need our help and support. While it isn’t our place to make ourselves known in other people’s problems and issues, there is plenty we can do that will go a long way to help those in need. That is getting more involved in your local community and surroundings. With that in mind, I thought I would share with you a few ways that you can do that.

Donate what you can do without

Many families and people today struggle financially, and the one thing that they tend to go without the most is food. No one really likes to ask for help, but more people need the help of local food banks and food donations. A great way to be involved without showing any pity on anyone to donate what you don’t need. Give your cupboards and pantry a good clearing out; you are bound to find tinned and dried food that you just won’t eat yourself. Many people buy one or two of the essential items extra in their own food shop. It doesn’t cost much, but it can mount up over a few weeks and months. Another suggestion is to put together care packages and food hampers.

Look after local monuments and places to gather

Every community will have that place that you can gather to support one another, the most popular being a local church. It just happens to be a place of worship and faith, and it can provide such refuge to those in need the most. So be active in restoring and making these monuments relevant parts of your community. Update items like seating or chairs. You can get some great options on things like stackable chairs online. You could even give these places a coat of paint and some TLC.

Start fundraising for community projects

There will always be a disused space or something going on within your community that could be made better. Do you feel a space could be converted into a park? Or do you want to raise money to replace equipment in existing areas? Then start fundraising and getting people on board. It can be as easy as creating a bake sale, or just talking amongst the community to make people aware exactly what is going on right in front of them. Often it just takes one person to take the lead on things, and huge improvements can be made.

Get more involved within local schools

Finally, getting involved in local schools is a great way to form unity amongst your community. It gives you a chance to be with parents and families and understand the issues. Often just being someone to listen to can be enough to brighten someone’s day. Schools are also great places to encourage community spending and fundraising.

I hope this has inspired you to be more involved in your local community.

How You Can Be More Involved Within Your Local Community

Comments

  1. These are such great suggestions. I need to get more invested in our community.

  2. This is an area where I always struggle. I want to be more involved, but I never know how. What I’ve started doing is reading to my youngest son’s class once a month. It’s the one place I feel like a rock star because they love it so much.

  3. Thanks for the helpful advice.
    You certainly create a good path here to follow.

  4. I’ve always wanted to be more active in my community. These are great tips! i’ll have to save this article!

  5. These are some great tips. With this hurricane coming through, there are going to be a lot of communities in need of volunteers. Now would be a great time to help.

  6. Lisa Bristol says

    I think it is important to help out your community as often as you can. We like to donate to the local food bank twice a month. We volunteer at the Animal shelter and take the dogs out for walks.

  7. Elizabeth Lampman says

    These are great way to help out in your community. I like to volunteer when I can at the women’s shelter. I go threw the house once a month for donations.

  8. These are all such wonderful ideas. I always donate items when I can. Donating to the food bank is what I usually do.

  9. Yes to all these tips!! These are so great especially for teens who need community service hours for high school-these activities are great ways to help your kids give back and who knows maybe in the process they might actually start to like volunteering in their community!

  10. I think volunteering your time is so important in your community! When you get to know the people in your community who are in need or are struggling, it makes you so much more invested!

  11. We always get involved with school charity efforts. It’s a great way to connect with the community.

  12. These are great tips. I love volunteering at my kid’s school and interacting with all the kids!

  13. These are great, I remember back in my freshman year in my college years I had to go to a community board meeting… I mean who knew those existed?! lol
    I can’t quite attend any meetings but we donate locally often. 🙂

  14. These are all great ideas. Getting more involved in taking care of my church would be something I would be able to do.

  15. I try to donate to our local food bank as often as possible. Another great place to donate to is the local animal shelter. They are always in need of supplies.

  16. These are great ideas! When my mom was in palliative care we were offer if we wanted a volunteer to come and sit with mom, so we could get a break. I though that was such a great program.

  17. Thanks for the tips. I agree that this is an important topic.

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