Making Communities More Hopeful and Neighborly Places
You have most likely heard many older people reminiscing about how their neighborhoods were so different when growing up. They recount neighbors visiting over fences, parents watching out for everyone’s children and sharing glasses of lemonade on the front porch. If this does not sound a thing like the neighborhood you live in, you can still experience a positive neighborhood experience with a few simple changes. Everyone, including you, can have a vital role to play in your community.
How Can We Create Community?
Be Willing to Volunteer
Rather than just talking about all the things that should be happening in your community, you must be willing to volunteer yourself. There are many places and ways that you can volunteer. Some of them may use passions that you already have while others may pique your interest in new life missions. Consider befriending an older neighbor, helping a neighbor with yard work or becoming a mentor to someone younger. These personal relationships are where good community starts.
Support Your Local Businesses
Local businesses provide much of the tax revenue for your community. When there are plenty of thriving businesses in the area, the community itself will prosper and have the money it needs to better itself. Try to buy as much of your groceries, clothing and consumables from local businesses rather than traveling to a larger city or shopping online.
Support the Arts
While there are many variables that go into making a community great, the arts, including music, handicrafts, theater and artwork, are what really speak to people’s hearts. Help your community get involved in local theater projects, or start your own Art Walk with local artists every summer. Other fun ideas include painting art on the sides of buildings, supporting local dance troupes and investing in some citywide street pianos.
A thriving community is good for you, your neighbors, local businesses and tourists. You do not have to rely on city council to make changes. Instead, you can be the difference for your community.