Giving Back to Your Community

Forbes | Kindness

Do you want to earn service hours, show your love for those around you, or participate in impactful events? There are numerous ways to give back to your community and be involved, ranging from volunteering at your school to starting your own nonprofit organization. This article covers a few ideas that illustrate just how meaningful and surprisingly simple it is to make a difference in your community.


1.) Joining a Community Garden

For those who enjoy the environment and are passionate about climate change, this is the perfect activity for you. This is an awesome opportunity to not only encourage younger people to find their passion for the Earth, but it also allows you to actually grow fresh vegetables and produce. In fact, another similar idea would be to organize a community or ocean cleanup event. Whatever the method, by creating a community garden or cleaning up waste, you are encouraging people to become more thoughtful and caring about our planet.

2.) Volunteer at a Local Nursery

Small acts of kindness can make a significant difference in anyone’s day, especially in senior centers. Oftentimes, there are volunteers needed to contribute to social programming, including simply dropping by to say hello, reading a book, playing an instrument, starting a friendly game of chess, or singing childhood songs. These activities help the residents feel more involved with their community and can brighten their day. 

3.) Tutoring Others

A good idea could be to start a tutoring organization or activity where you or your friends and family can help spread your passion or knowledge. Whether it is preparation for the SAT or an assignment for the student’s class, you would be making a huge difference in someone’s life. It’s a great time for bonding and you’ll definitely gain an amazing experience and appreciation for your hard work!

4.) Participate in a Local Fundraiser Walk or Race

You can never go wrong with a traditional 5K walk/run fundraiser at your school or neighborhood. These activities help to encourage participation and allow for people’s voices to be heard surrounding a certain cause. Volunteers generally encourage the participants and hand out snacks or drinks. Despite whether or not you are actually participating in this event or being a volunteer, it is a step closer to building a stronger community.

5.) Donating to Food Drives

Donating to various charities or charitable organizations would be a great way to give back to your community and show support for a cause you care about. Food drives are especially seen in schools or community centers during the holidays. Generally, participants would donate new, non-perishable food items to local food banks.

6.) Contribute to a Community Mural

Whether you are an artistic person or not, helping to create a community mural is always a good option. With approval from the city council, you can give the environment a makeover and encourage a prettier place to spend time in. Your neighbors will definitely appreciate it!


These are just a few of the vast arrays of opportunities to show your passion and dedication to your community. It is never too late to start, especially since a little kindness can go a long way. So, on a random weekend, if you’re feeling bored, grab some friends or family and spend some time with people who would truly appreciate the company.

About the Author

Michelle Sun
Hello! My Acronym position is Lifestyle Section Editor this year. In my spare time, I enjoy reading, scrapbooking, crocheting, jogging with friends, or even doing a few extra math problems. I'm an avid learner and am part of Girls Who Code on campus as well as cross country and track.

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