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Your community isn’t just the people in your immediate surroundings. It’s ‘the condition of sharing or having certain attitudes and interests in common.’ So that includes your work community, any groups or clubs you are involved in, as well as your religious community. And the best thing about being actively involved in your community is the fact that they are there for you as you are there for them. You can rely on each other and know that you have help if ever you need it. So, if you’re not already, get involved with your community. Give back and do something together.
Why not do something for charity? Get together and decide on what to do and who to donate to. Giving back doesn’t necessarily mean giving directly to your community, but t can be banding together to give to a cause. Are there any local events that you can get involved in where you can set up a stall with the usual bake sale or raffle? Or will you go bigger and do a sponsored hike or climb? How about a group of you train for a 10k or marathon?
Volunteering on your own or as a group can have such a huge impact for so many people and organizations. It kind of falls under charity help, but it doesn’t require an event to happen. You find a local homeless shelter or other volunteer centers one a week, or whenever you have the time to spare. You can look into volunteering at animal shelters, or in schools to help with trips or tutoring. Local museums and galleries always need volunteers. You will easily be able to find something within your community. Just remember that if you are going to work with children, you might need to have a background screening.
If you’re involved with a youth group or a Church then why not look into a camp or retreat for the group? It’s a great way to bond, to get them out of their usual comfort zones, and they could really learn something new. For adventure groups like scouts, this could be a chance for them to gain a new badge. For faith groups, you can look at Christian retreat centres and have a great weekend with people from all over the country. Just make sure that you have enough adults to children ratio, or things can get hectic.
There are so many different types of youth groups that you can get involved in, or even start up. Look into organizations like Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, and see if you can become a leader there. Or you might have a particular skill in acting or music and can set up something in those areas. Go modern and help kids learn through gaming. You will be able to find funding for your group through local charities, or you could turn it into a community funded group.