Although we continue to practice social distancing, there are ways to close the gap. I love this definition of Community; a feeling of fellowship with others, as a result of sharing common attitudes, interests, and goals. A group coming together to lean on when times are tough; friends, family, and neighbors who are there for us when we need love, support and encouragement. Here are 8 ways to get involved within your community.
I find that calling someone on the phone, is more effective than sending a text or email. There is something about hearing the tone of voice that warms the heart. Maybe even send them a card. Both sentiments let the person know you value them enough to make time for them. As we practice social distancing, there are ways to be an impact on others.
Before, heading out to the grocery store or local pharmacy, check with your neighbors (especially if they are elder and/or live alone), see if they need anything. The church I attend offers this same every weekend. Volunteers join to deliver care packages within different communities. Remember to abide by the state regulations, wash your hands before you drop off the groceries/packages on their front step to reduce the spread of illness.
This would tie into the previous tip. If you have an excess of certain supplies or groceries, there maybe a local shelter, church, or family in the neighborhood who is in need of those items. As of right now, you may not be able to donate your clothing. If you have clothing in their original packaging, their are organizations that will take it. Share with the community or donate to an organization. There are lots of ways to share resources. There may even be opportunities to sign up to volunteer with an organization in your community.
Acts of Service
Since the use of technology has increase, share your talents to help your neighbors to connect. Maybe someone needs help with yard maintenance, taking the trash bins to and from the curb, retrieving their mail, or walking their dogs.
My friend Holly offers a sidewalk community food pantry right in her neighborhood. All of the food items are provided through monetary donations or others will donate boxes of food. Many are welcomed and she will even offer door delivery for those who cannot travel. She has a gentlemen who comes out everyday to help her setup and organize the table. Unfortunately, he is homeless, but this has given him purpose everyday. They have such a great relationship.
Think about something to show appreciation for those in the front line. Our church arranged for food to be delivered to healthcare workers in different locations. Others have given them gift cards to a specific grocery store. Have children make drawings, a poster, and a video to share how much we value their service and commitment. Make videos expressing how much you care about them.
Digital Information Board
Connect with your neighbors through social media/facebook page to share positive stories, encouragement, or current information happening in the community. A centralized space where everyone can help each other. Another great way to share safety information and any recent neighborhood alerts that could impact your family.
Support Local/Small businesses
Continue to purchase items from local businesses. Lots of places offer drive-thru/ pickup services/door deliveries with the option to order online. This way we can help support the financial economy as we continue with social distancing.
Honestly, there is no wrong nor right way to pray. There is no specific method. It can be a bit uncomfortable, but someone can use encouragement. You’ll be surprised to know there are many who are looking for someone to pray for them, they just haven’t had the courage to ask. Offer to pray with your neighbor or invite them to watch church online. Hangouts, Zoom, & Webex offer share screen features, to allow everyone to connect digitally and maintain social distancing.
I hope this has encouraged you to become more involved within your community. You have something to give and a purpose to fulfill. There is nothing like being apart of something that has a positive impact toward others. If you are already volunteering or serving, please share your story in the comment section below. I’d love to hear from you!
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