Practical Ways to Give Back to Your Community



Each of us can change our community and world in powerful ways. This power lies in the small action steps we can take on a daily basis in our own families and neighborhoods. Keep reading for some practical ideas on where and how you can start making an intentional difference in your community!

  • Join a club or community organization. Boost your productivity and happiness by bonding with like-minded people over a shared passion or cause.
  • Look up volunteer opportunities in your community. Many local nonprofit organizations would love to have you volunteer either for a special event or on an ongoing basis.
  • Support a friend or family member by giving advice or being a good listener. Your time and attention likely mean more to your loved ones than you know.
  • Make the world greener by planting trees or picking up litter. Consider paying a family visit to a local park and leaving it cleaner than you found it.
  • Pay it forward at the fast food drive-thru. What if your random act of kindness started a chain reaction in your community?
  • Help a neighbor. Introduce yourself to your neighbors if you haven’t. Greet them by name. Be neighborly in any way you can.
  • Help a senior citizen. Assist a senior citizen in your community with chores in their home or yard that are difficult for them to do. If they are a long-time resident of your community, ask them to share their memories of what your city was like in the past.
  • Give a gift or personal card to someone (anyone) during the holidays to make that person feel special. Surprise someone with a token of your appreciation.
  • Follow nonprofits on social media and share their content to spread the word. Get their message in front of people who may be able to contribute to or benefit from their initiatives.
  • Focus on how you can benefit others with your career path / talents. How can you serve others through your passion or profession?
  • Smile at, hold the door for, and say good morning to strangers. These small gestures can make a big difference in their day—and yours.
  • Take good care of your physical and mental health so that you can take better care of others. Build a life where you can thrive physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually.