There’s already plenty of stressful things everyone has to deal with these days, and with a pandemic to boot, the only reaction suitable for all this is to help one another. It’s inarguable that keeping your head above water, ensuring you give yourself what you need, and working hard to survive are challenging on their own. Still, isolation is not the only option for humans because interaction and helping others will do more good than bad.
With communication also a difficulty these days, you must search for other ways to help your town and enhance your community’s living situation. To begin your philanthropic initiatives, you can start with these.
Push for Better Facilities
First off, before you set your humanitarian endeavors in motion, it’s better to have a place where you can hold your activities. For instance, classes and food drives may work online and are ideal for curbside pick-ups. But it’s still better to host such events in person (while observing public health protocols).
It’s best to have community facilities, like libraries, gyms, and parks. People can safely convene for you in these places to commence the activities.
Offer Livelihood Classes
Many people lost jobs because industries had to resort to mass layoffs to continue operations and serve their remaining customers. 2020 was indeed a disaster. Although 2021 was at least better, it still did not generate enough jobs to accommodate the unemployed populace.
To help, you can start offering livelihood classes in your community. Doing so can help your townspeople craft ideas that would be good businesses to help them get back on their feet.
Most people rely on the community to get opportunities, like jobs and education. Not all individuals have the financial capacity to launch a business or enroll in higher education; most have to work odd jobs or get loans that take years to pay off. To aid both the youth and aspiring entrepreneurs, you can contact organizations and corporations for sponsorship or grants.
With enough funding, you can help send students to esteemed yet affordable universities and give businesses the financial boost they need. You can also start crowdfunding and donate what you’ve gathered to your cause.
Start a Community Pantry
Hunger is an ever persisting problem of humankind. Currently, there’s no concrete way to eradicate it, but there are countless organizations worldwide devoted to finding a lasting solution. Sadly, it’s an issue that has persisted because not everyone is affected by it, but it doesn’t make it less real that people globally go days without decent meals.
To help solve the problem of hunger, you must dedicate yourself to active solutions. You can spread awareness, join food drives, establish soup kitchens, and open a community pantry. This way, the less fortunate households in your neighborhood can eat three times a day.
Sustainable Community Living
Shifting to sustainable practices can benefit the environment and your community in a lot of ways. By modifying your lifestyle to suit eco-friendly goals, you get to save money. You can then use it for other community improvement activities and earn free essentials.
For example, you can start a sustainable community garden with compost from the residents’ food waste and water provided by a rain farm. With a self-functioning farm, you can source the vegetables you need for your community pantry and soup kitchen without the cost.
The foundation of a thriving community starts with its residents. When you’re all aligned and working towards a common purpose, achieving community goals will be faster and easier. You first have to build excellent communication with other locals for this to happen. You can do this by holding meetings at least once a month.
These assemblies can even be a celebration of sorts. You can make it an enjoyable affair by turning it into a potluck party and making things more casual. This way, everyone can comfortably voice their thoughts and grievances.
Jobs for the Locals
You may already be planning on providing grants to the people in your community. However, it still might not be enough to help others get hired for jobs. Demand is vital for you to create jobs, and you can do this by securing customers for local businesses.
The solution for this and a win-win situation for commercial establishments and job seekers is by encouraging the community residents to patronize local businesses. With more customers demanding service, ventures will become busier, compelling them to hire more workers to accommodate clients.
Kickstart Your Humanitarian Initiatives
Isolation may be vital to mitigate the risk of getting infected, but helping one another is the only way to survive when you look at the bigger picture. With small humanitarian acts that you can plant in your community, you can create big waves and help do good in the world.