There are many ways to contribute to your community and I would like to share a few ideas. As Loretta Scott once said, "We can't help everyone, but everyone can help someone." Helping others can make the world a better place and it makes you feel great in the process. The community doesn't have to be your town or city either. We are all members of a global community and are citizens of the world, so have a look at these ways to contribute to your community.
1. Do Some Research
One of the first ways to contribute to your community is to do a little research. Examine what is lacking in your community. Perhaps you have discovered that there is a shortage of play areas in the local community or there is just too much litter in certain areas. Be the person who doesn't walk past and shrug their shoulders, waiting for someone else to deal with the problem. Be the person who sets the wheels in motion to make the change. Think outside the box and use your creative skills to think of causes that need extra money raised and ways in which you can do it.
Fundraisers are a great way to raise money and they're also a great way of getting people together. There are many things you can raise funds for, from building a new roof for the local church to raising money for those who are suffering in a country far far away. The possibilities really are endless.
3. Check in on Neighbors
Little things can make a big difference. Perhaps you have elderly neighbors who need checking in on every week or more often. Maybe they need some shopping done for them or some household chores. This is another great way to contribute to your community by making everyone feel valued and loved.
4. Litter Picking
I have a real issue with litter. With all the bins strategically placed around towns and cities, nothing annoys me more than seeing an errant potato chip packet blowing in the breeze. It's a blight on the environment and can actually be dangerous for small animals who can get trapped in them. So next time you see litter, be an ambassador for the environment and pick it up.
5. Reading with Kids
This is another great way to contribute to your community and helping improve child literacy is a wonderful way to spend your spare time. Schools often welcome volunteers to help with reading programs, so see if your local school needs some help.
6. Company Sponsors
Perhaps you work for a company who can sponsor a good cause. Or maybe you own a company that can sponsor a good cause. This a great thing to do for others and is also great for the company name.
Volunteering your time and skills is another great way to contribute to your community and there are so many ways in which you could do this. From volunteering in a charity shop to taking vulnerable people on a day out, the options are many and varied.
To quote the mother of giving, Mother Teresa, "I alone cannot change the world but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples." These are just a few ways to contribute to your community and make some 'ripples' of your own. Can you think of any more?