Five Ways to Get Involved in Your Community

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My Story – Lydia Gilbert
December 5, 2016
Romney-Meadows-renovations
My Story – Lydia Gilbert
December 5, 2016

Five Ways to Get Involved in Your Community

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The role an individual plays in his or her community cannot be understated. Members of a community are a collective group that share the place they live, among other things. In order for a community to function properly, everyone must participate in getting involved. There are several ways to do so, depending on what you’re able to give. You can give your time, your resources, or your knowledge. But no matter how you do it, always remember to do your part!

1. Volunteer your time.

There are literally millions of ways that you can volunteer your time for the betterment of your community or your country. You can volunteer at a senior center, or with the local city parks, or even at a soup kitchen. Many of the organizations that provide these types of services to the community could not operate without volunteers. Volunteering is perhaps the most essential part of an active community. Although the goal of volunteering is to help those in need, many people find that they gain their own sense of accomplishment and pride when they volunteer.

For more information on volunteering in the Lafayette area, visit United Way of Greater Lafayette.  

2. Attend local events.Romney-Meadows-renovations

One of the important ways to get involved in your community is meeting and mingling with other members of the community. One of the best ways to do so is to attend local events. You’ll see these types of events in local newspapers, ads, and social media. This could be a festival, musical performance, or charitable event. You should absolutely consider attending these events to support the local community, and to have some fun!

3. Join a group.

Another way to meet and interact with members of the local community is to join a group, club, or class. There are a multitude of local organizations that host different types of classes for practically any age range. This is a unique way to learn more about something, develop a new hobby, or meet individuals with similar interests. Some examples are a pottery class, a foreign language class, or a book club. The possibilities are practically endless.

4. Frequent local businesses.

You might not think twice about where you do your shopping but it is actually very important for your community. When possible you should think about supporting a local business. Local businesses are what drives the economy of a community. There is also a lot to be said about the customer service you’ll receive at local businesses. In general, local businesses can provide a more personal experience because the business owners live in the same community as you.

5. Donate things you don’t use.

As a culture, we have begun to value our possessions more than almost anything else. If you can learn to donate the things you don’t use, it will be a benefit to your community. Perhaps it’s a coat that has sat in your closet for years without use; or maybe your children’s old toys. In any case, almost everyone has something that they don’t need anymore that someone else could be using. You can take clothes and shoes to a local clothes communal closet, or you can take some food to the local food pantry. No matter what you can donate, every little bit can be helpful to someone out there.

Romney-Meadows-renovationsWe are all given a finite amount of time in life, so it’s very important to use that time wisely. For many, that means helping others whenever possible. You might not be able to help everyone, but you can help someone. The best way to help somebody, all while making the area you live in a better place, is to find ways to get involved in your community.