Ways to Make a Positive Impact in Your Community

Dr. Candice Matthews
2 min readAug 30, 2022

Getting involved in community can have a significant impact on the quality of life in your neighborhood. Young people, in particular, tend to know fewer people in their community than older people. Indeed, almost a quarter of them do not even know their neighbors. This means that you can make a difference by helping these people.

You can start by treating people with respect. Treating others with respect means that you are willing to listen and try to understand their viewpoints. This behavior influences others to behave similarly. For example, by listening to someone who has a problem, you may affect them to change their behavior.

Another way to give back to your community is to support local schools. You can volunteer your time by tutoring, coaching, or planning educational activities for children. You can also give your time to clean up parks or public areas. Many groups in your community can help you in these efforts.

To impact your community positively, you must start paying it forward. Paying it forward is an essential part of living a meaningful life. By doing this, you will not only make a difference in the lives of others, but you will also be inspiring others to do the same. Moreover, paying it forward encourages positive emotions and helps you feel good about yourself.

As a student, you can also volunteer to make a difference in your community by advocating for social issues. Some opportunities are provided through your school, while others might require you to look for them. Regardless of your choice, it would help to consider why you want to become involved. For example, why are you passionate about helping others?

Helping the elderly is an often overlooked but vital part of contributing to your community. For instance, you can offer to pick up their groceries or babysit their children. You can also offer to cook a meal for a neighbor. Not only will these small acts of kindness maximize your time, but they will help you build relationships with neighbors.

Another way to help your community is to donate to local causes. You can even volunteer to organize fundraisers. This way, your efforts will directly affect the local economy, and you will do your part for the good of your community. You can also learn about local issues and voice your concerns to local politicians.

Many nonprofit organizations focus on helping the community. Volunteering with these organizations allows them to continue providing their services. You do not need to have special skills to volunteer. Even a simple act like building a free library or organizing a coat drive will help you make a difference in your community.

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Dr. Candice Matthews

Dr. Candice Matthews is responsible for the design, development, and implementation of the organization’s strategic business plans in Houston, Texas.