Becoming a continuously active member of your community is a goal to strive for in order to promote change and overall well-being. As a physician, getting involved in issues, events, and different projects is a huge part of outreach and making connections. Finding ways to inspire community involvement among your peers, colleagues, and neighbors can be a challenge. A great way to promote involvement and raise volunteer numbers is by putting together an effective strategy for your particular community.
Get to know community members
Especially when you or your business is new to the area, one way to gain the trust of the residents is by getting to know them. Attending some already arranged community functions or inviting groups out to lunch is a way to get to know the members in your community. This gives both sides the opportunity to discuss any problems they may have.
Give people a say
When people feel like their point of view is being heard and taken into consideration, they are more likely to get involved in community initiatives and volunteer their time and money. People are apt to volunteer when the event, issue or project is something that is personal to them. This is a great way to gain trust among the members of your community.
Put together an event
Another way to inspire and promote involvement is by putting together an event for the community. Some people can react positively to volunteerism when they are in front of a group of people and have the support of others. A successful event grabs the attention of potential volunteers.
Let others lead
Whether you are one of the sole leaders within the community involvement or brand new to the community, it is always best to show others you trust their leadership and ideas by putting them in charge of different initiatives. This is especially helpful when reaching out to the youth in the community. This can inspire leadership in community projects and outreach to improve the well being of your neighborhood.
One of the best ways to teach involvement is by your own involvement. If you are a newcomer and looking to get community projects up and running or a seasoned volunteer, some of these strategies can greatly improve the turnout for your future projects. Getting to know your fellow neighbors and working together towards common goals will significantly improve the quality of your community.