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Things You Can Do To Help Your Community

Updated on March 15, 2011

Things You Can Do To Help Your Community

A community is only as strong as the people in it. To build a strong community it takes people who are willing to make a difference. Change can happen one person at a time but you have to be willing to do something. Doing things to help build a stronger community not only benefits the people in the community but it will make you feel good too. There are so many simple things you can do that can have a positive impact on your community and the people in it. Here are some suggestions ....

15 Things You Can Do To Make A Difference In Your Community

  1. Bring your neighborhood together for a common cause, such as to beautiful a street or improve the conditions of a park.
  2. Wave hello the next time you see the city workers working in your neighborhood. Better yet, stop and say hello or offer them some cold water.
  3. Buy a homeless person a meal or offer them some sort of other assistance.
  4. The next time you go through the drive through, pay for the meal for the person behind you. You can also do this the next time you go to a coffee shop by simply paying the bill of the person in front of you or behind you. When that person thanks you, ask them to pay it forward and to do the same thing for another person someday.
  5. There are several things you can do at your local shelter. You can donate your time, money or items.

    Consider donating clothes, toys or books. When I go on vacation, I always take the free samples of shampoos and body washes and at the end of the year I donate them to my local shelter.

    If you want to donate you time consider reading a book to the kids in the shelter, helping to prepare meals, or even dressing up as Santa Claus during the holidays.

  6. Get to know your Mayor and city council members. These are the people making the decisions in your community and your feedback could have an impact.
  7. Get to know your neighbors. Wave hello to your neighbors, offer to mow their lawn, or offer to pick some things up for them the next time you go to the grocery store.
  8. Help keep the neighborhood kids safe. The next time you see one of the neighborhood kids walking alone, take a look around and make sure no one is following or stalking them. Take note of any strange people or vehicles that may be around.
  9. Leave your mailman a small gift or an appreciate note in your mailbox.
  10. Visit your local senior care center. Offer to teach a class, like crocheting, painting or exercise.
  11. Help the elders in your neighborhood. Offer to mow their lawn, fix things around the house, cook meal, run errands, plant flowers in their yard.
  12. Start a neighborhood watch program.
  13. Welcome new neighbors to the neighborhood. Stop by to say hello or bring a plate of desserts.
  14. Host a block party. This is a great way to bring the neighborhood together.
  15. Host a pick up trash pick up day. Get everyone together to pick up trash the local beach or park.

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