When becoming a part of a community, there will be a part of you that wants to make that community one that you’re proud to be a part of. Part of this pride comes in how you involve yourself in the community. Engagement within a community is essential to the growth and success of a community.
Improve Water Quality
The EPA developed a program called Adopt Your Watershed that encourages local communities to care for their local watershed. Volunteers can offer to monitor water quality, organize a local beach or river cleanup, or even mark storm drains. Programs like this help ensure that your community can maintain access to fresh water when it needs it.
Neighborly offers local residents the opportunity to invest in municipal bonds to help fund projects within their local community. These type of bonds help support infrastructure, local school systems, and water facilities. Local residents will find that opening an investment account is nearly as simple as opening a bank account.
This might be one of the oldest community engagement projects out there but holding a food drive can truly help foster a sense of community and togetherness. Move for Hunger is a fantastic nonprofit organization that collects items from companies and delivers them to food banks all over the country. As it stands, 1 out of every 6 Americans faces hunger. So, putting together a food drive can go a long way in lending a hand to make that daunting statistic smaller or even non-existent.
Help with Taxes
This might sound silly but, if you’re good at preparing tax returns, why not lend your services to others? The Tax-Aide Program has a base of volunteers that have helped nearly 50 million low to moderate income people prepare their taxes each year. Since tax season tends to be a stressful time for most Americans, offering your time to lend a hand can greatly reduce that stress and it’s a great way to help your community.
Not every community project will fit what you’re looking to do within your community. Look on your local community’s website for things that you can help out with or for opportunities where your time could help others who need the help.