Being an active proponent of your community can go a long way in making you feel better about where you live. Learning to work alongside your neighbors towards a common goal—or just doing the small, day-to-day things that contribute as well—makes your area much more enjoyable to be a part of. If you’ve moved to a new neighborhood or are just trying to come up with ways to approach your old community, it can be difficult to find a good starting point.
Check your local newspaper or news station for announcements about local events. This may include music festivals, arts events, or performances by local acts. Whatever it is, showing an investment in the local arts and events that are being put on by residents is a great way to get your feet wet with the people who live near you.
It may cost a little more upfront to buy locally, but the benefits are reflected within your community. This applies to skipping big chain grocery stores and looking at locally owned grocers or farmer markets, but to other things as well, like art and clothing. Working with local vendors show you’re truly invested in your neighborhood.
By donating items you don’t need, you can often help the less fortunate members of your community. This includes getting rid of clothes you don’t wear anymore and donating canned food that you’re never going to get around to eating. Sometimes, donating something like books or bed linens can also benefit people in need. Lastly, donating money is sometimes a very direct way of showing your support.
Using your time to do some good is a fantastic way to meet other like-minded people in your community. There’s a huge variety in what kind of volunteering positions exist, from being a dog walker for a local shelter to volunteering at the soup kitchen to hand out some delicious food. Consider what is most important to you and how you can get involved with that in your own community.
Talk to My Brother’s Keeper About Volunteering in Baltimore
To learn more about our youth programs, Attendance Affirmation Project, how to help, or to find out more about our services including hot meal programs, employment assistance, health services and identifying possible emergency shelter, call MBK today at 410-644-3194. You can also follow our official MBK page on Google+, Pinterest, Twitter, and Facebook, to stay up to date on our center’s progress and upcoming events in the community.