“Helping your Community…”

by Becky Hall

The other day I was reading an article about 10 ways you can help your community in 30 minutes or less by Hilary Hamblin. I am only going to share six of the ideas but I challenge each one our readers to try and do at least one. I have!!!

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. 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.
5. 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.
6. 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.

All of us lead busy lives and if we could just take 30 minutes out of our busy schedule we could possibly make a difference in our community. Why not take this challenge and contribute to your community!