In this modern day, community is much more than a group of people living in the same area, it’s a sense of belonging. We all need a community to lift us up when the going gets tough and support us in our endeavors. Being apart of a community fuels us with purpose and inspires us to make a difference anyway we can.
However, finding the right community or becoming apart of one can have its challenges. It takes a conscious effort and endless commitment to give in any way you can. You have to step out of your comfort zone and think outside of the box. Although it may be intimidating at first, once you get more involved, you will feel empowered by those people, meanwhile bringing more postiive energy and good into the world.
I’ve compiled 10 simple and enjoyable ways for you to get more involved in your community and begin to surround yourself with a tribe of uplifting individuals:
Participate in a Cleanup
Cleanups are not only an impactful way to prevent pollution, they also connect us with likeminded people wanting to make a difference in the community. Working together towards the common goal of making the neighborhood a cleaner place, leads to a better, more close-knit community — now that’s what I call a win, win.
Shop at the Local Farmers Market
Once a week local farmers, artists, and musicians come together to share their goods with their local community. Farmers markets are a perfect way to connect directly with the source of your produce, while helping boost the local economy. Show support for your neighbors and local vendors by shopping at your neighborhood’s farmers market once a week.
Find a Community Yoga Class
Pursuing a healthy lifestyle shouldn’t be done alone. Try finding like-minded people to share your wellness journey with in ways, such as a community yoga class. You don’t even have to sign up for a high-end studio to gain the benefits to do it. There are plenty of passionate and well-trained teachers who offer donation based classes as a way to give back. You can find flyers at your local health foods store, or even try visiting your neighborhood park and keep an eye out for a group of yogis.
Read Books at the Library
Volunteering to read at the local library is both rewarding and inspiring. Reading to the children in your community helps shape their lives for the better, while bringing the fun back into story time for you! With an endless supply of books at hand, there’s no better way to share wisdom and joy with others.
Donate to an Antique Shop
Antiquing is a business that thrives off of local donations and offerings. Help keep your local antique shop booming by giving away any items that you no longer need. This will also give you a chance to connect with other people in your area who are shopping or selling their own antiques. Chances are you have a lot of clutter in your home, and you know what they say; one person’s junk is another person’s treasure.
Drop into a City Council Meeting
What better way to become involved with your community than by understanding what is going on within your community. City Council holds open meetings to inform the public of changes happening in the city, as well as to listen to any concerns local residents may have. Become a voice in your community by attending a meeting, asking questions, and speaking your mind.
Visit a Local Brewery
With craft beer in high demand, breweries are becoming a big part of neighborhood communities and culture. Not only do brewers use local ingredients to brew their one of a kind beer, they bring the neighborhood together by hosting different events, festivals, and tastings. Next time you are headed out for a night on the town, go local and grab a beer at your nearby brewery.
Run for a Cause
Participating in a run that raises awareness for a cause is a meaningful way to get involved with your community. Participating in local races give you an opportunity to meet other people in the area and check out local sponsors of the event. Even if you don’t enjoy the sport of running, doing it for a charity that is important to you is enough motivation to cross any finish line. From cancer research to children’s programs and military support, there are plenty of reasons to run! Check local listings and search for upcoming runs in your area.
Volunteer at an Animal Shelter
Make pets part of your community too! Most pet shelters are always looking for individuals to help with community outreach. These volunteers help distribute flyers, attend tabling events, bag dog food, perform data entry work, and more. You can also give your time by stopping in to show the animals a little love and compassion.
Be a Leader
If you are still having trouble finding ways to get involved within your community, then it’s time to lead your own. Chances are there are people just like you, yearning to make a difference but not really knowing where to start. Organizing your own community event or meet-up will bring the right kind of individuals into your life, and together you can build a community that supports, inspires, and uplifts each other.