4 Ways to Give Back to the Local Community
Friendly and caring communities don’t just appear out of nowhere. Each community needs hard-working and selfless individuals who are willing to give their time and energy for the sake of others. You might find these individuals doing tutoring or teaching jobs, volunteering, or fundraising on the weekends.
If you want to be a part of building a healthy environment for those around you, nothing beats helping others. If you don’t know how to go about doing this, here are four simple ways to give back to your local community.
- Become a local tutor
Knowledge is one of the best things that you can give others. If you have expertise in a specific field, consider becoming a tutor for your community.
For example, if you’re a watercolor expert, consider running a workshop where you teach a group of people how to paint a landscape. They can follow along with your work and ask you questions about your painting process. Workshops are also a great opportunity for the students to meet others with the same interests. This could help forge new relationships and bring the community closer together.
If you’re a university student, another thing you can do is tutor high school students. Indeed, being a Year 12 in Australia is not a walk in the park. Because of the pressures of getting into university, the final year of high school is often a very stressful time for most students. If you choose to become a tutor, you can help dozens of students manage their stress and anxiety during their final exams.
Indeed, this is extremely beneficial for the mental health of young students in the community. This becomes even more important when you consider the fact that mental health issues are not addressed as much as they should be in local Australian communities.
- Fundraise for charity
If you don’t have time to commit to a part-time teaching job, you can also fundraise on the weekends. Common fundraising activities include selling cookies, hosting food festivals, running a book sale and online crowdfunding. The good thing about fundraising is that you can select the charity to donate to. From animal welfare charities to climate change funds, there are plenty of great organizations to choose from.
As a by-product of running fundraising activities, you can also bring awareness to certain issues. For example, if you’re fundraising for a particular disease, you have the opportunity to educate the local community about how the disease develops, how you can prevent it and what type of research is being done on the matter. In the future, this increase in awareness could lead to medical advancements or, more likely, local legislative changes to help those with said disease.
- Become a coach
If you love a particular sport and you enjoy working with children, consider coaching for a local sports team. For many Australian kids, the sports field is an important part of growing up. It’s where they meet life-long friends, develop their work ethic, and learn about the ups and downs of life.
Because there’s so much emotion involved in sports, it’s important that the children have a role model to look up to. As a coach, it’s your job to be a good example for the young ones. You need to teach them sportsmanship, respect, tenacity and discipline.
It’s also important to remember that all these skills and traits are essential both in real life and sports. As such, when you coach a team of young players, you’re not just preparing them for basketball, cricket or football, you’re also preparing them for adulthood.
- Clean up the community
If there’s one aspect of the community that you should clean up, it will probably be the local beach.
When marine life encounters non-biodegrade waste, there’s a high chance that they’ll ingest it and cause irreversible damage to their bodies. In some cases, pieces of plastic might even get wrapped around their necks and suffocate them. To avoid such problems, it’s important that the beach is always clear of non-biodegradable items. Plastic bags, nylon strings, and nets are the most common culprits in this regard.
Of course, a clean beach is also beneficial to us as humans. With clean sands, we won’t have to worry about stepping on sharp pieces of glass or plastic. Regular beach cleans up also keeps the sands beautiful, which in turn, attracts visitors and guests from all over the world.
In Australia, there are plenty of volunteer programs that aim to keep local beaches free of rubbish and waste. Of course, you can also grab a couple of keen friends and conduct a clean up as a small group.
Hopefully, this gave you some ideas on how to give back to the community that helped you grow. While giving money and other resources is helpful, nothing is more effective than giving your time and energy. Not only does giving back help those around you, but it also helps you live a more fulfilling and happy life.