When you look at the world around you, it is fairly easy to see where value can be added in a local community. Did you realize that you, too, can add that value? Even if you don’t want to get involved as an officer in local government, there is much that you can do to add value to your community. Here are a few ideas to get you started.
Encourage the Arts
Whether it’s participating with Sing for Hope’s pop up pianos in New York or donating to a local charity that encourages art education in school-aged children, you can make a big difference in your community by paying attention to the events of charitable organizations around you. If you’re musically inclined, performing at an assisted living community center can be a great way to use your talents for good. If you love to paint or draw, many schools offer art nights for which the proceeds go towards often underfunded art programs. The arts provide culture to a community, and can especially make a difference for the very young and the elderly. Even if you feel like you can’t participate due to your lack of drawing or piano skills, simply by purchasing tickets and attending events based in art and music programs can help add value to your community by supporting those who do love to perform.
Find a Way to Volunteer
There are a myriad of ways that the average person can volunteer in a community. Whether at a local food bank or a blood drive through the Red Cross, look for opportunities to serve in your area. Not only will it help your neighbors, but you will also feel more connected to the area in which you live your life.
Donate to a Good Cause
If you don’t have an affinity for art or music, and you don’t have the time to volunteer, you can always find ways to donate to a good cause. Food bank donations of canned goods are made easier by many shopping centers that provide bins for purchased food. Often, cashiers at various places that you frequently shop at will ask if you want to donate to local charities or health-based organizations. Stop for a moment and find small ways to help those in need any way you can and you’ll be making a difference, even if it’s just one can at a time.
Overall, you have a responsibility to your community. Finding a way to add value doesn’t have to be limited to just this list. Look for needs in your community that haven’t yet been met, and find a way to contribute.