Much has been written on the atomization of modern life, something that seems ever-present given how easy it is to live in an area for years and never meet your neighbors. This is also made more difficult by the fact that many people live in internet silos these days, be that their friend group on social media, the kind of news sites they visit, and the events they’re exposed to.
For this reason, becoming more involved in your community is not just a good way to feel connected to your local area, but by that metric, it’s actually a form of self-care. Most people would agree that meeting up with friends and having someone to talk to is a form of personal care (we need nourishment from others to grow as well), but it’s easy to forget how much community life and presence is attached to that, too.
In this post, then, we’ll discuss how to become more involved in your local community and hopefully contribute to the changes you wish to see. With that in mind, please consider:
Advocating For A Healthier Environment
One of the best investments you can make in community life is putting your weight behind local efforts to retain a healthy, well-preserved environment. Even going out and volunteering your time to pick litter with a proactive group can be helpful, and make you feel as though you’re really doing something. On top of that, you might advocate for better traffic crossings in better areas, especially around schools, suggest the use of park gym equipment to your local counsellors, or join local food fairs with treats of your own to spread goodwill. You’d be surprised how many local neighbourhood groups you can join with these goals in mind.
Raising Issues Faced By Your Community
Joining a neighbourhood watch group can help you more easily communicate safety or security concerns in your local area. You may report suspicious cars on your private road, or discuss local scams or robberies taking place so you can remain vigilant against them. Through this, you may also crowdfund or fundraise certain remedies, such as paying to have wall graffiti painted over with anti-spray paint, or discussing better lighting for alleyways, and negotiating with the council to ensure a positive outcome. This can help you ensure that you remain the best asset for your local neighbourhood, and you, among others, shape it for safety.
Attending Charitable Drives & Fundraising Events
Getting involved in the community also means caring for its charitable efforts or local events, not just to self-sacrifice your time so everyone else can enjoy them, but you can too. In some cases, this might even help you enjoy a better time, such as getting front-row seats after parking the cars in the local field, securing a plot at your local boot sale event, or helping choose the fireworks for bonfire night. You may even have the chance to make executive decisions if you get involved in the voluntary planning committee and become a trusted name in your local area.
With this advice, you’re sure to get the best out of your community, and invest your time in it with nothing but goodwill.