How to Support the Community
The old saying goes, there’s no place like home. After arriving at your place of rest, you close the door and walk to your most comfortable chair. You then slowly sit down. After a long day, you finally reach the one place you find pure pleasure, and now you begin the planning process. You look around your home and wonder, what must I do before it’s time to go to bed? Many of us may go thru this procedure every day and wonder how can we impact our community so the effects of comfort can exist when we go outside our home. For some, this is not an impossible task, but the will to do so may take incredible effort if one wishes to change the status quo of their community.
(1) Support Your Community Center
If you drive down some of our areas streets, you will see children looking and trying to find something to gain their interest. I would suggest, some of these kids would embrace a genuine interest when community envelopment supports it. But we are facing a serious problem in our city and state governments. Many areas have lost budgetary funding. If you examine the statistics, you will see this is a growing trend. We can no longer expect the government to come into communities and establish a solution. Community centers can easily uplift citizens if they would use their life skills and research funding sources. This process does not have to be overwhelming, a small lunch, donated supplies can help. Creating new ideas may be the right approach to save some child from the streets.
(2) Clean Up The Neighborhoods
Have you ever walked around your neighborhood and seen trash and asked, should I pick up that piece of paper? Some will tell you no, the city or county will do that. The other response may be, I’m not picking that up, a stranger dropped trash on my lawn on purpose. If someone assumes the area sanitation will eventually remove their lawn debris, it may not happen. Your garbage service may be more concern with their principal duties, your trash cans.
If we desire our neighborhood and streets to maintain cleanliness, our local leaders will have to take the first step. Why not carry a small trash bag while walking around your area and pick up the small pieces of garbage. The next time you decide to take a walk, invite a family member, neighbor or friend. At some point, it may become an area event.
(3) Write Letters
There are many ways to support the community, but some may feel they may not be received well when approaching authority. A case in point is the writing and submitting of letters. Many may not understand the economic boost which can affect a community compared to approaching someone’s office or knocking on their home door. An excellently written email or letter can admittedly get the attention of the person in question.
(4) Shop In Your Neighborhood
Most grocery store owners appreciate repeat customers. When the store owner can expect community support; they have an excellent idea how their bills how to manage their budget. Local patronage can enable a store owner to purchase more stores and increase supply. The ability to support local business has its advantages, and Increase market exposure in the community can also add greater employment. The next time you are in one of your area shops, ask the owner to put in a comment box. Every little thing can help local business.
(5) Collect Supplies for Victims of Disaster
It is not often to witness in a community a neighbor who has to suffer failure, but when this happens, good friend reacts quickly. Most citizens understand a life changing event can occur to anyone at the most unexpected moment. After the healing has taken effect, some may seek to help rebuild the lives of their dear friends. It is not difficult to understand the needs of someone who has experienced a disaster. Approach the person in concern and make them aware of free or low-cost furniture or household items. There may be several options in your area to receive furnishing at no cost. Go to your Good Will or thrift store. I would suggest arriving at or near closing. When you get there, you will see drivers trying to relieve themselves of their load. These are truckers who have received their items from estate sales or home moving assignments. These are usually quality pieces. The driver does not want to take his load back to his lot or bare a land field expense. Some will boldly give you anything in their truck for free.