Although you might dream of being able to make a real difference in your community, you might be overwhelmed and unsure of where to start. Luckily, it’s easy to make a difference in your neighborhood and in the lives of the people around you, particularly if you follow these five simple tips.
Work With Your Community
Chances are good that your community might already be focused on a few different projects, so meeting with a group like the Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce can give you an opportunity to find out about these goals. Then, you can find out what you need to do to help.
You don’t have to go out and spend a lot of money in order to help the people around you. In fact, you can start with the things that you already have but don’t use. Clothes, shoes and accessories that are just taking up room in your closet can be the base of a great new wardrobe for someone in need, and you can donate furniture, household items and more to be sold for money for charity or to be given to someone who needs it. If you have extra food in your pantry, consider donating it to your local soup kitchen or giving it to a family that is running a bit short on groceries. You won’t have to spend any money, but you can make a major difference in the lives of those in your community.
Bring Recycling to Your Neighborhood
Although it has taken off in a lot of bigger areas, recycling isn’t a top priority for many smaller cities and towns. If your community doesn’t recycle or if participation doesn’t seem to be where it should be, fight to bring it to your area. You can make a difference in your community’s impact on the planet, and people in your neighborhood are sure to feel good about themselves once they start recycling.
Give the gift of Your Time
Taking the time to visit elderly people in nursing homes, help at the local animal shelter and cook or serve at your neighborhood’s soup kitchen or food pantry can really make a difference, and there are surely many places around that could use your assistance.
Being kind, helping others and bringing a smile to the faces of the people around you can make everyone in your community happier and can encourage others to be kind as well.
As you can see, you don’t have to do anything major to make a true difference. These five simple tips can help your community immensely and make you feel good about yourself and your contribution.