Here Are 3 Ways That You Can Support Your Local Community

We all want to make the world a better place. Some of us show it in different ways, like sorting out all our recycling or having meatless Mondays to try and reduce our impact on the environment. Making the world a better place doesn't have to be about the world though, it can also be about your community.

Often small changes in our behaviors can have a huge impact on others, sometimes even saving their lives. Through helping your community, you can create a ripple effect that is seen around the world. Here are 3 amazing ways you can help your community, and start that ripple.

Shop Local

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One of the biggest impacts you can make on the community is by choosing to shop as locally as possible. From choosing your vegetables at the farmer's market, to buying your books at the tiny used book store on the corner, you are changing lives for the better. Your money is going directly to the families in your community, and staying in the community.

That means when you buy your lettuce from Farmer Joe, you are paying for his daughter's violin lessons. If you buy it at the super market, you're paying for Big Bucks CEO to make $1200 an hour. Shopping local can make a vital difference in your community, and can have the largest reaching impact.

Volunteer

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Not everyone has time to volunteer. We have busy lives, and some of us work full time, or have children that keep our hands full all the time. If you do have some free time, volunteering can make a huge impact on some of the things you feel most passionate about. If you love animals, volunteering at a shelter can help see those strays dwindle. Understand what it is like to escape domestic abuse? Volunteering for a shelter for women or men who have been abused can help heal old wounds. Some of the rules for volunteering can be pretty demanding. If you can't promise the hours you need to or have limited time for a formal volunteer location, you can volunteer in smaller ways.

Volunteering can be as simple as shoveling and salting your elderly neighbors walk during a snow storm, or tutoring a child who otherwise couldn't afford the lesson. These things may seem small, but they can have a lasting impact on both the person you help, and the people who inspired by seeing you to pitch in.

Speak up

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Sometimes you don't even have to do anything besides a phone call or a note to make a difference. If you see a store clerk doing something extra, let a manager know. If you see your neighbor, ask how they are doing and check in to see if they need anything. Face to face communication can make a huge impact in the world, starting with brightening a person's day.

The first step to taking care of your community is to simply care, and you're doing that just by reading this article. Get out there, and start building a better world, one step at a time.

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