There are so many incredible ways to connect with your community and to feel like an important part of your town or city. There are no special requirements. In other words, it doesn’t matter how old you are or if you’re single or married. It also doesn’t matter if you reside in a rural place, suburbia or a big city neighborhood, you can come together with others who live there and create an amazing community of opportunity, friendliness, culture and kindness. There are various reasons as to why seeking support from your community can better not only your mental health, but the mental health of those in the community as well. Humans require support, we are not made to go through life alone. For more on this, read our article concerning the impact of support on mental health. For now though, check out our favorite tips for building community togetherness.
Donate Your Resources
Giving back to your town or city through donations helps maintain a community’s good image. Not every individual has the time to volunteer, but you can still play a key role with compassion. For instance, you could donate money to causes or organizations in your community. The best way to connect, however, is by donating actual items. You could clean out your family’s closet and collect clothing to donate to your Salvation Army or Goodwill stores. Another idea is giving to a local food bank. These fine organizations can always use a helping hand and need items like peanut butter, canned soup, canned fruit and vegetables, pasta, crackers, granola bars, etc. A homeless shelter would welcome bed linens you may have or any extra furniture you can part with. When it comes to the local animal shelter, you could also play a key role by donating food, cleaning supplies, leashes, collars and harnesses, unopened treats and bedding.
Explore Your Neighborhood
Every neighborhood has something going on. Maybe it’s an upcoming block party or community garden meeting or an outdoor movie at the public library. Show up alone or with others. You are bound to meet new people and build new friendships. Keep an eye on local events happening in your own neck of the woods. You could also take charge, and organize your own neighborhood event. Maybe you want to put on a 5K race that raises money for education or help host an arts festival to bring out the talented folks in your town or city. Every community has a sense of pride and its downtown helps define its core.
Join A Cause
We all have a passion, and by becoming a member of a group or organization in your community, you can help in local affairs and do right by your town or city. For example, joining a non-profit so you can participate and give back to your community is a worthwhile endeavor. Habitat for Humanity is a famous one established in local communities across all 50 states in the U.S. and in approximately 70 countries. Habitat’s vision is of a world where everyone has a decent place to live. There are all kinds of skill levels when you volunteer. To rally support for these excellent causes, an online community that features a highly engaged network can boost your organization’s mission through text messaging for nonprofits. Our digital world enables us to stay connected to people, ideas and information.
Do Your Shopping Locally
Another way to connect in your community is by supporting local businesses and establishments, instead of heading out to the malls. By shopping right in the heart of your community, you will get to know the owners of these mom-and-pop places and what they can offer to residents. Every town and city has a unique charm. From the bakery to the antique shop, yoga studio, jewelry store to the barbershop and beyond, small businesses contribute to a community’s identity. A walkable downtown also means a lot to residents, and their tax dollars stay within the local economy. A large chain store probably won’t greet you by name, but when you frequent your community’s local establishments, the small business owners build relationships with their customers.
It’s easy to feel disconnected from your town or city, but if you put yourself out there, and give it a shot, you will find that others also want to build community friendships. From garage sales to walks in the park to prayer groups and to craft meetings, there are tons of venues where you can connect with others.