Being the Change: 5 Ways You Can Make a Difference in Your Community

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Let’s face it; people live in an imperfect world. There is no equity in resources, differences in literacy levels, health, among many other things. The problem is, regardless of the political situation of your country, some will always need your help. The word ‘community’ can be defined in various ways – your neighborhood, city, country, school, etc. 

From an ethical perspective and by the use of common sense, it is an inalienable responsibility for human beings to be always look out for their community. Through self-evaluation, one can rise above individualistic concerns and give back to society. 

Many kind-hearted people would love to make a difference in their community, but they just don’t know how best they can do so. Regardless of how much of an obvious thing it is, there are some little things that you can do that will make a huge positive impact on your society. 

Volunteer

Volunteering through an accredited organization is one of the best ways to give back to the community. You can help in various ways such as offering services in the hospitals, youth groups, disability support services,animal shelters, senior’s groups, etc. 

If you are not aware of any local opportunities, you can ask around and get recommendations from friends and neighbors. Moreover, a quick internet search should direct you to some of the volunteer opportunities in your community. 

Use your professional skills

Most people acquire professional skills to be able to make a living out of it. However, you can always go the extra mile to help those in your community through your skills. For instance, if you are a medical practitioner, people might benefit if you offered simple random health tests free of charge or at subsidized prices. 

Apart from offering technical assistance, you might also consider joining or starting mentorship programs that will eventually prove helpful in molding the future of the younger generation.

Organize a charitable event

Find a cause you are more passionate about and organize an event on its behalf. If you are passionate about feeding the hungry, plan for a food drive. You can arrange to collect clothes from well-wishers for the needy, etc. The good thing is that you will most certainly get other like-minded people to help you in organizing for such an event. 

If you’re not so sure of what activity to take part in, you may approach one of the charity organizations in your neighborhood. They’ll be sure to guide you on which local groups to join or which activities would benefit members of the community more. 

Organize a cleanup

Ensuring that you stay in a clean environment is one of the best ways to give back to the community. All that you need is some garbage bags, bigger recycling bags, enough supply of rubber gloves, a group of friends, and a location that needs some love. 

Donate as much as you can

If you are unable to take part in the organizing of charity events, you can make an impact by supporting them. Donate food, clothing, and even money to help these organizations realize their vision. 

There are many ways one can make a huge positive impact on society. Be the change, and give a helping hand to those seniors’ homes, charity organizations, disability support services,etc.

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