2018 is about to end, which means that a lot of people are probably thinking of New Year’s resolutions. For many individuals, creating these resolutions is part of their annual tradition. If you are one of these persons, then there is no doubt that by now, you already have a list of the things that you want to change or do for the upcoming year. If you have “to help your community” as one of the items on the list, then make sure to read this article. Dr. Anita Chandra, Ph.D. and Dr. Joei Acosta, Ph.D. of RAND Corporation emphasizes, “We must work with local communities where innovation is happening to find the most effective ways to build resilience and work toward national policies that have resilience as a goal.” We are going to provide and show you the top ways on how you can extend your helping hand to the community, especially when you choose to homeschool your children:
Be A Committed Volunteer
Look for organizations or groups (check also in a site like FamilyEducation) in your local area that are in search for dedicated volunteers. Several associations will be more than happy to take you on as a part of the team. Do not worry because being a volunteer is not exhausting at all. Instead, it is such a rewarding feeling especially when you can see the smiles of the people whom you have helped. “Volunteering doesn’t have to be a dramatic undertaking in a far-off land,” says clinician Nancy Molitor, Ph.D. “You can make as much of an impact-and have a more lasting effect-if you stick close to home.” All that you have to do is to set aside one hour to five hours a week to become a volunteer. Take note that the period may vary, depending on the type of organization that you choose.
Support Local Start-Ups And Businesses
Make an effort to support small businesses in your district or city. Remember that these companies need you to survive the competition. As much as possible, choose to buy local items. This task can be challenging, especially if you are used to getting your supplies or groceries from departments stores and supermarket chains. As such, you must always make a deliberate choice to go for locally produced products. Aside from helping them, you can also save big on your purchases.
Clean As You Go
Be a responsible member of the society by tidying up anywhere you go. Do not rely on street sweepers to take good care of the cleanliness of the local areas. As a member of a community, you also need to find a way to ensure that all public places are clean and safe from any hazard. Keep in mind that it does not hurt to pick up litters on the streets. At the same time, you may also start gardening at your home to help make your neighborhood a wonderful place to live.
Offer Help To Others
Choose to be nice wherever you go. Be that ray of sunshine for your neighbors. You will be surprised by how many of them are waiting for you to extend your helping hand. Take note that doing this is also an excellent way of establishing friendships among them. “Generosity is good for keeping friends around who are willing to help when the unexpected happens,” wrote Neil Farber M.D, Ph.D., CLC, CPT. “Fortunately, psychological research also finds that there are positive mood, health, and overall well-being benefits to being generous.” Remember that any simple gesture can already mean a lot to the people around you. Just keep on being kind and generous. Moreover, the neighbors whom you have helped also have a high possibility of returning the favor soon.