ways to serve your community

Easy Ways to Serve your Community

“Everybody can be great. Because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and your verb agree to serve…. You don’t have to know the second theory of thermodynamics in physics to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.

One of the greatest intentions you can set is to serve those around you. A common misconception about helping those around you is that you have to do something big or extravagant to make an impact. The truth is, every small act counts.

You may not be able to donate thousands of dollars to a charity or give to every person in need, but when you simply show up and help who you can with what you have, amazing things can happen. Those small, seemingly unhelpful acts deeply touch lives and build on one another to create significant change. If you’re looking for ways to help, but don’t know how here are easy ways to serve your community. 

Volunteer at your Local Animal Shelter

Helping at an animal shelter is a great way to serve your community if you have a love for animals. Shelters could use the extra help anytime, and even more so during peak seasons. Reach out and see if your local shelter could use some help walking dogs or cleaning cages, then see how much of an impact your support can make.

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Stephany Aguilar volunteers with the Palm Beach County Animal Care and Control Center.

Reach Out to a Neighbor in Need

Chances are you know someone in your community who could use a little help or just a friend. Reach out and see if there’s anything you can do for them, even if it’s as simple as taking them out to dinner or mowing their lawn. Your effort could make a massive difference in your neighbor’s day, and it’s an easy and intentionally kind way to serve your community

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Members of West Haven Public Library just had a groundbreaking ceremony for a community garden. Community members will care for the garden, and the fruits and vegetables grown in the garden will be donated to local food pantries. {Credit: @westhavenpl on Facebook}

Clean Up

If you see any trash along the road or in parks, go the extra mile and pick it up. Picking up trash keeps your community clean and is a great way to help the environment. Keep a trash bag and gloves in your car, so you’re even more prepared to clean.

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While Declan and Noah visited a local regional park, they took time to walk along the lake and filled up an entire garbage bag with litter they found on the ground and in the water. They try and do this at every place they visit. {Credit: @declan_and_noah_explore on Instagram}

Start a Fundraiser

If you’re passionate about a specific cause, start a community fundraiser! Get neighbors and others on board to help you plan the event. You can raise money through a community garage/yard sale, host a bake sale, and countless other ways. Fundraisers are sure to bring the community together and give back at the same time.

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The Woman’s Club of East Granby hosts an annual Empty Bowls Fundraiser. They host an afternoon enjoying local art and eating delicious soup to benefit the East Granby Food Pantry. Each bowl purchased helps those in need. {Credit @nmcbranches on Instagram}

Write Kindness Cards

An easy and impactful way to serve your community is through writing kindness cards. Leave a kind note in someone’s mailbox to remind them of how important they are. This surprise will not only brighten people’s days, but it could change their lives. You never know what people are going through, so it’s always a good idea to be kind.

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NEST4US Foundation celebrated International Youth Day by writing cards of compassion for the homeless men and women in the area. In total, they made over 450 handmade notes of encouragement. {Credit: @joinnest on Instagram}

No matter what you do to serve your community, it’s important to remember that even small acts make a difference. Learning how to be a better neighbor can make a positive impact on your community overall. You may not actively see the difference you’re making, but your kindness and care are capable of changing the world one small act at a time.

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