When people know and interact with each other, things get done, people have fun, and communities thrive. But, most times, it’s hard to get people involved in the community because no one likes stepping up to the plate to raise money, organize events, or just simply get people together to have some fun. Believe it or not, getting people involved doesn’t have to be the most daunting thing you’ll do today.
Here are some of the easiest and fool-proof ways to get people more involved in your community.
Start social media groups
Getting people involved is all about convenience. Everyone has packed schedules and busy lives; it can be hard to work around these schedules to make time for meeting other people and becoming more involved. But in the world we live in, social media is arguably the most convenient way to contact people and get them together. It’s also the easiest, fastest, and most effective way too. Consider making a social media group for your community where people can post questions, news updates, alerts, or even make plans, so people can be in contact at any time and in any place.
Organize social events
Plan a potluck dinner or invite people to a summer afternoon cookout. Maybe set up a horseshoe tournament. Whatever it is, make sure it doesn’t just sound fun – make sure it actually is. So, plan engaging activities that are appropriate for every age group that will be in attendance. When preparing for your event, designate people to certain tasks, so that people feel included and everyone works together to make it a success.
Organize fundraising events
Get people excited to raise money for a certain cause. The money can go towards a specific philanthropy, directly to the needs of your community, or maybe to fund the yearly party for everyone to attend at the neighborhood clubhouse. Whatever it is, make sure people are passionate and excited about the cause. Organizing and participating in fundraising events gets people together and establishes a shared purpose for those in your community.
Set up volunteer opportunities
Whether it’s helping to plant a new garden, working at a soup kitchen, or volunteering a few hours at the animal shelter, send out announcements promoting these opportunities. Encourage people to commit an hour or two out of their weekend to working together to improve the neighborhood you live in. In doing so, everyone will get to know each other better, and it will promote a shared sense of community as well.
Being a part of a community is something to take pride in. Your community encompasses all the people, places, and surroundings that make up every single day of your life. Give back to the community as much as it gives you every day, and you will live in a much happier place!