“Ask not what your country can do for you – ask what you can do for your country.” When President John F. Kennedy spoke these immortal words at his inaugural address in 1961, he hoped to inspire his fellow Americans and remind them of the value of civic action and public service. Although most people agree that it’s important to help their communities, they often push off acts of community service because they’re worried they don’t have the time to spare or they don’t know where to start. But in reality, it’s easier than you might think. Use the tips below if you’re wondering how to help your community today.
How to Help Your Community
Volunteer with a worthy organization.
If you start looking around, we have a sneaky feeling that you’ll find countless volunteer opportunities in your community. Try searching on Google, asking your friends, or just stopping by places you would love to support (a homeless shelter, food bank, hospital, park, school, etc.). Not only is this an excellent way to help your community, but also you’re sure to make some wonderful friends that share your values.
Support local businesses.
Local businesses are constantly under pressure and must compete with more powerful national and global businesses. How would you like it if every store and restaurant in your area were a national chain? Wouldn’t you miss the charm and personality of your local favorites? The best way to support the small businesses you love is to spend your money at their shops, recommend them to your friends and family, and leave them positive reviews online.
Donate whatever you can.
Have some extra money in your budget this month? Donate it to a worthy local charity. Spot a good deal on canned goods at the grocery store? Pick up some extra items to donate to your local food bank. Planning to downsize to a smaller space? Take all your unwanted possessions to a thrift shop that helps people in your community. Have some spare time this afternoon? Donate blood to a local hospital. And if you don’t have any money or items to donate, remember that you can always donate your time to a worthy cause.
Spruce up your neighborhood.
Do you ever feel frustrated when you see your community in a state of neglect? Remember that you have the power to tidy up your neighborhood. Some small tasks, like picking up litter and recycling or disposing of it, can be performed by anyone at any time. But other projects, like those listed below, may require permission from your local government. So before you begin planning a neighborhood enhancement project like the following, be sure to consult the right people:
- Plant (or revitalize) a community garden.
- Rake leaves at parks in the fall.
- Plant new trees.
- Mow grass and remove weeds.
- Repaint a dilapidated exterior.
- Contact an animal shelter when you spot a stray dog or cat.
Now that you know how to help your community, grab a few friends and get out there! Especially at this time of year, many people in your neighborhood could use a helping hand. Patronize your favorite local shops on Small Business Saturday. Give to a food bank to ensure no one in your community goes hungry this holiday season. Find a charity to which you can donate your time and resources. You’ll help your community and yourself.
At Springhouse Village, we know how important it is to enjoy your retirement in a lively and welcoming environment. We make it easy for our residents to be active participants in our community. Whether that means encouraging residents to shop at local farmers markets or assisting them in starting a garden club, we strive to help our residents thrive. To learn more about the amenities and services we offer, contact Springhouse Village today.