Community engagement can be one of the most rewarding things a person do in their lifetime. Sometimes, people may find it difficult to figure out where to start in helping. Here are four of the best ways to get involved in your community.
Keep an eye out in the newspaper for local events in your area! These can include anything from craft shows, yard sales, or even a town cleanup event. Along the way, you have the opportunity to meet new people and learn new stories from those people. This is extremely helpful because you get to be a part of something that’s bigger than you and learn new things along the way.
Join a Class or Group
Joining a new group or a class through a community center can seem a little frightening at first. You just have to remember that, at one point in time, everyone that’s in that class was considered the “newbie” as well. This is a great way to network with your local community and gain some friends.
Support Your Local Sports Teams
Most people don’t realize that their own communities have sports teams! Softball leagues, local baseball, volleyball, or even tennis groups are prevalent in many communities. Not only are you interacting with a new group of people, you’re supporting the team itself and, to top it all off, you can gain a better grasp on your health through exercise if you should choose to participate in the sports. If not, you can always attend the games and cheer on your hometown!
This may seem like you’re being a nosy neighbor but it’s actually quite an asset to the safety of your community to get to know your neighbors. For example, if you are friendly with your next door neighbor and know that they work between the hours of 8 AM and 5 PM and leave for work in a blue car every morning, then seeing a black van parked in front of their house during the times they’re gone can help you notice if something is out of the ordinary. Neighborhood watches also foster a real sense of community and safety.
Whichever manner you choose to become involved in your community, do it with passion. You should be proud of your community and all that goes on inside of it. Get to know your neighbors, learn new things at local events, and support your local businesses to set the path for continued growth in your community.