Community engagement is something I am very passionate about. I believe It’s important to give back to your community in any way you can to better the environment and the lives of the people who live there. Not only does it help make the community a better place, but it also brings with it a sense of pride that you did something good today.

Research Local Programs

Start by researching local programs in your community that you can join or volunteer for. Volunteering is an excellent way to help these programs thrive, as many of them are non-profits and cannot always afford to staff properly. Whether it’s a local animal shelter looking for help walking or feeding the animals, or volunteering at a retirement home to read and interact with the patients there, you cannot go wrong. Volunteering to improve other peoples lives does wonders for your mind, body, and spirit.

Shop Local

This is one of the most important ways to get involved and build up your community. Shopping local can be crucial to a communities success because it truly builds up your local economy. Putting money into the hands of local businesses means you are investing directly into the success of your community. Usually, when you spend money at a local business, that business will then pay it forward and support another local business, keeping the money in the community.

Organize A Community Clean Up

The perfect way to make an impact on your community today is through organizing a community clean up. Not only does this mean you will be protecting the environment you live in, but it’s also a great way to meet and connect with new people by bringing that overall sense of togetherness. Who knows, you may just inspire someone else to get involved!

Donate!

If possible, check into some local charities and donate to causes that will directly impact the overall lives of some members of your community. Be sure to make your donation to a reputable, established charity. Some great charities include local food banks, where you can help feed some people who may need a little extra help. You never know when someone may be struggling financially, or if maybe one day down the road it will be you who needs the extra help. Every penny counts, and no donation is too small.