It doesn’t matter if you live in a small town, mid-sized city, or major metropolis. The best way to feel like you have a place in the community is by staying connected. Especially during challenging times, it is important to know all about your town or city, what it offers, how to communicate, and how to engage. It’s easy to get lost in the daily shuffle of life and to drop out of touch, but there are some excellent ways of staying connected with your community, feeling like you belong, and getting the most out of the amazing qualities your area provides.
Check Out City Hall
Whether your community is run by a town hall or a city hall, it is important to know who the people are that represent you and your neighborhood and how they’re voting each time they meet. If you have access to your city hall, then drop in on a meeting once in a while. There, you can come to learn about the key items on the agenda, how the budgets of departments look, aspects of property taxes, people appointed to public positions, and plenty more. You can also probably tune in to these meetings on your local TV cable access without leaving your couch. Hearing your mayor speak to the community is a fine way of connecting you to the latest happenings.
Volunteer For Something
When you give up a little time helping others, it feels good and opens you to meeting new people in your town and working at a common goal. Volunteerism helps a community thrive, and the United Way is one of those longtime, stand-out organizations.
The famous non-profit believes you receive personal benefits by offering a little service to those who could use a helping hand. One of these is a sense of self-worthiness. You also have the opportunity to learn a new skill or activity. You also form bonds with people in your community and can also gain a sense of enrichment working on a project that benefits a neighborhood, for example.
Strengthen Your Place of Worship
Many folks feel at home when they go to a church, temple, mosque, or another place of worship. Often times, people can feel the social and spiritual support that a house of prayer offers.
Some say that a place of worship is all about giving, helping others, appreciating life, forgiving, and finding a sense of purpose. The building of strong church relationships in the modern world can get a boost through church texting services. A house of worship allows us to see the larger narrative of life, to keep the faith, and to forge ahead in our community.
Communicate Via Digital Devices
Another simple and effective way of staying in touch is through your digital platforms. If you are unable to physically access a public building, organization, house of worship, or get together in person with co-workers, friends, groups, or families, then pick up those smartphones, tablets, or laptops.
Some folks and organizations (maybe you, too) are very active via social media sites like Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and others. You can Face-Time, chat on Skype, Zoom, etc. Our incredible technology today helps keep us connected 24/7, in good times and in bad times.
Support Your Local Establishments
For many of us, it’s a lot easier to hop in the car and head to the mall rather than take the time to shop downtown. Checking out the heart of your community helps you build a lasting connection to your town or city. Shopping in the local stores and dining and drinking in your downtown restaurants is a prime way to lend support to your community.
These local establishments could use your help when you spend money there, and you’re forming neighborly friendships at the same time. Being a well-known face in your city is excellent for networking, helping your own profession or organization, and building a healthy, upbeat community.
We should all get to know the city or town we live in. Where you set down roots matters. You have lots of options for reaching out to connect in your own style, and you’ll be glad you did.
By Samantha Higgins
Samantha Higgins is a professional writer with a passion for research, observation, and innovation. She is nurturing a growing family of twin boys in Portland, Oregon with her husband. She loves kayaking and reading creative non-fiction.