10 Ways to help your community in 30 minutes or less

Written by Hilary Hamblin

volun-10From waking up early to put in a first load of laundry to working all day and driving the mom taxi all afternoon, most women have little time to think about volunteering for community projects. But busy schedules do not mean we have to write off community involvement completely. In thirty minutes or less, anyone can make a difference in the community.

Check out the following ideas for ways to help your community in the midst of your everyday activities.

  1. Take a garbage bag while walking through the neighborhood. Pick up any litter along the way. As a by-product, you can get some exercise built into your day.
  2. Shop with locally owned businesses, saving time and money. Many locally owned businesses offer services like free gift-wrapping and delivery. And a percentage of your sales taxes go directly to the local community.
  3. Find positive aspects of your community share with other people. A positive image encourages residents to shop locally, increases the chance new businesses will open in the area and promotes growth.
  4. Attend a local festival or other event. Many have free admission and activities. Most festivals are actually fundraisers for non-profit organizations who make their money through sponsorships. Since sponsors look at attendance numbers to decide how much to give, your family can add to the number and help increase what businesses give next year.
  5. Write a letter to local elected officials encouraging them for making good decisions for the community. People work harder when they know they are appreciated. And elected officials seldom hear enough encouraging words.
  6. Put a potted plant on your front porch. When your home looks spruced up, it makes the whole neighborhood and the community to look better as well.
  7. Take left over dinner to an elderly neighbor. If you have a family of four, cook enough dinner for five one night and deliver a plate to the widow next door. Your delivery helps you to get to know your neighbors better. And police promote knowing your neighbors as the best way to fight neighborhood crime.
  8. Look for opportunities to give in your community. Many schools collect items, such as like canned foods, old coats, toys and eyeglasses, for less fortunate families.
  9. Vote. While the Presidential election comes around only once every four years, elections happen every year. Check out the candidates for local and state elections.
  10. Encourage your employer to sponsor local events, join a civic organization or allow employees to volunteer during work hours. Many businesses have volunteer programs to reward employees for volunteering. Local news media often cover large volunteer events and having employee representation gives businesses extra publicity.

By doing our part to contribute to the community, we add people to our circle of influence and gain opportunities to build relationships with our neighbours. We also demonstrate what it means to be a good citizen to our children.

EmailPrint

86 Responses to “10 Ways to help your community in 30 minutes or less”

  • Alfred says:

    Hi Alonza, You are special!! I pray that you will find people to help you spear-head this God-given desire for such a building where the homeless can find help, build self-esteem and receive new hope. I pray for your church to be open to supporting you by funding this venture, and help to find a building for it!
    When we put enough enthusiasm into a project to make it a priority, then results follow!
    A word to Hosea (May 5)::
    I have been in the Congo with Africa Inter-Mennonite Mission. Their head-office is in Indiana, and there’s a Canadian office in Manitoba. They may have some good suggestions for you. You could look for them on the internet. Also, I’d like to encourage you to “ask for a mentor” at the top of this page. You can get one-on-one mentoring, which is free and helpful for advice, encouragement and prayer.
    Since we are not allowed to give out addresses or phone numbers, you are on your own to find a good church in your area.

  • mounika kv says:

    Thank u for ur suggestions

  • I was addicted to drugs for 40 plus years. I’ve recovered by the grace of God.Ive been homeless for a long time. Thanks to God and the people in my church.I attend college at 63 yrs old.I have got the opportunity to meet a lot of homeless people.I would like to open a building that give homeless people clothing and a bath by donation only.Many have lost their self esteem. I would like to restore it

  • Doris Beck Doris Beck says:

    Hosea,
    I’m so sorry to hear that you are an orphan because of the war in the Congo. Unfortunately we are a not-for-profit organization and as a result are not able to give money to other individuals or organizations. There are many other Aid organizations out there though that may be able to help you.

    Let me pray for you though:

    Heavenly Father, thank you that You are the sovereign God of the universe and that You have promised to meet all of our needs. Right now I cannot help Hosea, but Lord You see his need and You alone can meet that need. Help him to connect with the right people or organization that would be able to give him the help that he needs. Amen

  • Hi
    My name is james hosea I was born in Congo I don’t have parents my parents died because of war, I haven’t any kind of help and your the one who can help me because the war are still around us so am bagging you please help me

  • gc says:

    thank you Hilary Hamblin for the good and nice information

  • Kate says:

    That’s great Samuel, pursue your dream!

  • Samuel says:

    I like helping my community and I would like also to study community development courses.

  • Alfred says:

    : It is great to meet neighbours, to work together and to inspire one-another. We are community as we support and help each other! I believe this is in tune with what the Bible teaches. Let us do good to all people, and if they ask, we are able to share the love of God with them.

  • Megan says:

    hello is this a Socio-economic profile facts

  • Shelley says:

    Thank you Alan for your comment.

  • alan says:

    I think everyone should read this

  • Shelley says:

    Community is very important to all of us my friends, as we are all in this together and God is our Leader.

  • Thalita says:

    MyComms is the helpful concept that can be promoted in my community. The challenge is keeping the clean environment.

  • Man can not live alone. So he needs a group of community. Thanks.

  • I think it is very helpful for all.
    I like it very much.
    Thanks a lot.

  • Alfred says:

    The joy of helping others is our reward all right. A fringe benefit is that it’s catching, as others are encouraged to help also. I believe these points are in tune with what the Bible teaches about helping one-another. I know of a city in Canada that has an organization called “In From The Cold” where several churches take turns housing the homeless. They provide supper, nights lodging and breakfast. Lunches are packed and busses to take people to work and children to school. It is supervised by church members, one week per church at a time. That’s meeting a need!!!
    May we each be open to the leading of the Holy Spirit as to where and how to help!

  • Francisco says:

    I have posted some great ideas on how to improve communities on http://www.mycomuniti.com with great results.

    Could anyone point me to some equally good site to post ideas on improving communities?

  • Kate says:

    Wow Cora, thanks for sharing! You are an encouragement to us too.

  • Cora says:

    thank you so much i had so much fun bettering my communitey and helping out my friends and the people around me. I have also gotten the opportunity to incurage other people that live near me to help too. tomorrow morning we are going to the local shelters and asking the kids and families what they aant for christmas then we are making a list and will be asking people for donations of the things the families ask fo, for christmas day! truley inspirational!

  • Barbara Alpert Barbara Alpert says:

    Hi Alice, glad that you liked the ideas. For further reading click on the “tags” at the end of the article.

  • Alice says:

    These are really good ideas!

  • Barbara Alpert Barbara Alpert says:

    Hi Lisa, glad to hear that you liked the article.

  • Barbara Alpert Barbara Alpert says:

    Hi magda, glad you liked the article and the website. Have a blessed time helping to keep God’s Earth clean!

  • magda says:

    love picking up trash thank u for this website magda

  • Sharon says:

    good comments here on this thread. good article too

  • […] 10 Ways to Help Your Community in 30 Minutes or Less […]

  • Shelley says:

    Thank you for your suggestions.

  • Diana says:

    I really like the suggestions, and I am impressed that they are unique. You don’t see this set of tips by other authors. Keep spreading the great list you made.

  • Spedrick says:

    If more people were willing to help others, this world would be a much better place.

  • Shelley says:

    I use to give shut-ins and seniors there meals in my area, so that they can have a good meal.

  • Sharon says:

    i don[‘t take a bag along for garbage but i do try to pick up garbage with a garbage bin near by or i walk with it til i find a garbage bin

  • Emily A. says:

    EXELLENT ARTICLE YOU REALLY CHANGE MY MIND THANK YOU

  • Were awali says:

    From uganda.we have put a community Hospital and we are missing Hospital equirpments. Please donate evenif used one thanks and God rewards you.

  • Sharon says:

    good article we join our festival days all the time they are fun

  • Sharon says:

    great article thank you for posting this article

Leave a Reply