Belonging to a harmonious community that can stand strong together can be a source of pride because not everyone can say the same. But if the community you belong to isn’t there yet, you can take matters into your own hands and help it get to that point. All you have to do is let your altruistic side shine through.
Understandably, it can be difficult to achieve anything without a bit of seed money for the events and programs that you want to establish. Of course, you can always turn to donations from the members of the community, but if you want to reach out to a larger audience, you can go to crowdfunding platforms like GoFundMe.
Once you have secured your funding, it will be easier to find volunteers for the events you plan to propose and launch. For instance, you can start a learning program that aims to help the different sectors of your community, such as the students, young professionals, entrepreneurs, stay-at-home parents, and the elderly. Here’s how you can do just that:
Despite education being more accessible today because of public schools and distance learning methods, many out-of-school youths aren’t receiving their education. These underprivileged children deserve to exercise their right to learn and receive free education just as much as the next kid, so this is a problem that you can address in your community.
You can do this by finding volunteer teachers who are willing to share their time and knowledge to teach young children or adolescents even if they aren’t going to be paid. Plus, their curricula don’t have to be as complex as those found in traditional school settings; they just have to cover the basics so that out-of-school youths won’t be too left behind by their peers.
Aside from underprivileged students, you can also open your learning program to the young professionals in your community who are struggling to land good jobs because they don’t know how to present themselves. If you have experience in human resources or career coaching, you can hold a seminar to advise those who need it.
Or if you don’t have the credentials to back you up, you could approach another member of the community who’s willing to share their experiences in the hopes of helping others. Another way is to hold resume writing workshops for everyone who needs help in that department. The point is that you can initiate a seminar, talk, or lecture for just about anything you can think of to help other people.
If you notice a lot of small business owners in the community who are falling behind on digital marketing trends and industry best practices, maybe you can invite a speaker who can talk to them about these topics. You can help these local entrepreneurs realize how much they’re missing out on for their businesses by resisting to use modern approaches.
Additionally, you can initiate a networking event where business owners can intermingle and strike conversations with others that they don’t usually interact with. Who knows? This could even lead to the creation of mutually beneficial collaborations and transactions between two local businesses in the future.
Parents and the Elderly
Lastly, you can start a community learning program for stay-at-home parents and the elderly who have a lot of spare time on their hands. You can invite different speakers to talk about topics such as gardening and how to grow produce from their backyards. Or it could be to teach a craft like crocheting, which could be used to start a small business.
Other topics could be to teach various life skills, such as baking, sewing, cooking, and similar activities that not everyone had access to when they were younger. Creating learning opportunities for the stay-at-home parents and the elderly can help them develop a productive pastime that can lead to a potential business idea or sideline that they can use for extra income.
But these learning programs can also just be a way for them to interact with the other members of the community and fill their days with companionship. These social avenues are important because they provide activities for people who would otherwise be alone in their houses and hyper-focusing on their children.
Giving back to the community doesn’t have to be a chore; it should always be done out of the goodness of your heart. Of course, there could be times when you might think that you’re doing too much for other people who may not appreciate what you’re doing, but you have to look past the negative and focus on the positive. This way, you’ll be more fulfilled by the efforts you’re giving to the community.