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Some tips on how to help your community

If you love your community and want to help make it a better place to live, then there are several things you can do to assist. Helping others, or being part of a common goal to improve the environmental, economic or social well-being of the community around you, can be just as rewarding for you as it is for the beneficiaries of your hard work or financial assistance.Here are some instruction that could be helpful.

1. Decide what you are passionate about in your community. You might have a special interest in the plight of the homeless, families or kids in crisis, reducing crime within the community, helping animals or immigrants, or the local environment. Although you might want to help everyone, that just isn’t practical and you will be better off deciding which one or two areas to focus on to help your community.

2. Decide how much of your time or money you can afford to expend to help your community. If money is sparse, it might be easier to set aside a few hours a week to get involved in your chosen cause. Either way, you will make a difference.

3. Volunteer your time with any number of local community services or organizations. Volunteer work is rewarding and every city or town has a need for volunteers. You could work at a soup kitchen, the local animal shelter, neighborhood watch, or the local literacy program. If you have carpentry skills, or even just the desire, you can work on home improvement projects for volunteer programs like Habitat for Humanity

4. Donate your money or personal property. Most of the same organizations that can use volunteers also use donations of cash or personal property. Donate your used books to your local library. Donate your personal property to the Salvation Army, Goodwill, veterans organizations, or other charitable organizations. You can usually take a tax deduction for your donation of money or personal property.

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