Giving Back: 3 Ways To Get Involved In Your Local Community

Giving Back Ways To Get Involved In Your Local Community

Giving back is not only good for others but feels good too – so here are 3 ways to get involved in your local community.

More Americans are volunteering in their local communities than ever before, a federal study by the Corporation for National and Community Service reveals. 

Many Americans participate in informal volunteering.

  • 77 million adults, on average, volunteer through an organization every year, totaling around 6.9 billion hours. 
  • 43% report supporting friends and family
  • 53% do favors for neighbors

Getting involved in your local community lets you contribute to a worthwhile cause, and provides a sense of purpose.

As you might know, I’m a bestselling author, award winning designer and happiness researcher. I wrote a book called Happy Habits.

In my research, I learned a lot about how to develop positive habits which lead to your best life. In my research I learned that consistently studies report that doing acts of altruism help to boost one’s mood, improve self esteem and give meaning to one’s life. Basically, it helps to consistently do habits you’re proud about – like giving back to your local community.

3 Ways To Get Involved In Your Local Community

In this article I will be sharing some of the key habits of giving back – specifically 3 ways to get involved in your local community.

1. Support the vulnerable

Supporting vulnerable people in your community is highly rewarding. Veterans, for example, have sacrificed a lot for Americans, and you can use your skills, money and time to give back to them in return.

In particular, you could help a local veteran in need around the home by raking leaves, oiling any squeaky doors, or clearing their gutters.

If you have plumbers, carpenters, or general handy-men in the family, offer their services — especially if your veteran can’t do these jobs himself.

Additionally, some veterans may need extra help with their finances. Fortunately, in this case, VA loans are a helpful military benefit available to help veterans purchase a property with a $0-down mortgage. Although there’s no minimum credit score required to qualify for a home loan, by improving their score, veterans can get a better interest rate.

2. Organize a community clean up

Organizing a community clean up is a simple yet impactful way to give back to your local community. However, if you want to make it a successful event, you need to plan carefully. Start by choosing the right project — one that inspires your community to participate and solves an ongoing problem.

For example…

  • a beach clean-up
  • river clean-up
  • flower planting incentive

You should then select a date, meeting location, and put together a list of supplies or equipment needed. Flyers can be distributed around your community to recruit volunteers. 

3. Join a mentor program

You might want to participate in a local mentorship program. You’ll positively influence someone’s life. Whether you want to help children, teens, or young adults, a mentoring role can help improve an individual’s self-esteem and aid personal growth.

So take some time to research different programs, until you find one that suits your interests, abilities and needs.

Conclusion: Ways To Get Involved In Your Local Community

Supporting your local community is a fun and rewarding experience.

Some of the top fulfilling ways you can give back include:

  • supporting the vulnerable
  • organizing a community clean-up
  • joining a mentor program

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