Following a natural or man-made disaster, it is important that communities come together to take care of their own. This is an important time to get involved and give back, as the needs are immediate. Survivors of disasters need assistance, anything from clothes and blankets to a new home or buildings. There are many ways to help after a crisis.
Plant a Tree
Trees are an important part of every community. They improve our air quality, boost and protect wildlife and contribute in climate change. One large tree can supply a day’s supply of oxygen for four people!
You can donate money to your favorite local charity to support their projects and help them make a difference in others’ lives. Besides giving financially you can also donate supplies, furniture, clothes, toys and food to your local libraries, schools, hospitals and shelters.
Volunteering offers vital help to people in need. Consider places you already spend a lot of time with, such as your child’s school or places you’re passionate about like animal shelters, museums, hospitals or retirement homes. You can benefit from volunteering too, it connects you to others and it is good for your mind and body.
Be a Good Neighbor
Make sure you maintain and clean any shared spaces like hallways or yards, follow all of your local laws regarding pet ownership and be aware of not causing any noise complaints. Lastly, introduce yourself. Knowing your neighbors increases a sense of personal security and connection to those around you. Welcome those who are new to the neighborhood and offer a helping hand when needed.
Start a Community Recycling Program
If your town doesn’t have a built-in way to recycle you can have the initiative to start one. It’s a big task, but it can be done. Build a team, create a plan, choose which materials to recycle and get your local council members and politicians to invest in a solid and reliable recycling infrastructure. This way you can contribute to the overall health and well-being of your community.
Tutor a Student
Students include people of all ages, not just children. You can teach literacy, a new language and even life skills, such as cooking, sewing and home repairs. Sharing your knowledge and experience with others will be highly appreciated by the community.
Raise Money and Awareness
You can organize events, contests or runs to raise money for a worthy cause or issue your community is worried about. Spread awareness on social media and get every block involved!
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