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  • Writer's pictureShazia Peeran

Five Simple Ways to Help Your Neighbors

Being able to help your neighbors is a great thing to do. Just being able to give a hand when they are in need makes everyone feel good about themselves. But what do you do when the need arises to help out your neighbor, but you don't want to get involved yourself? There are a few things you can do to help your friends and neighbors who live around you. Here are some tips:

* Become an active member of your local neighborhood association. It doesn't matter if you're a new resident or a long-time resident. If you want to make a difference, you have to be actively involved in your neighborhood association. Find out what your neighborhood group is doing and what you can do to support local businesses and increase the diversity of people who live in your neighborhood. Your neighbor's success will benefit your own, so take a role.

* Start some community projects. Your neighbors may not have the money to start a business of their own, but they might still have something that you could use or contribute to. Some examples of this might be sponsoring a local food bank or holding a community cleanup day once or twice a year. Or maybe you can host an event once or twice a year where people can bring their children and have fun. Or making supplies drive for the homeless community, both in-person and virtual, so everyone in your community can participate. These things will show support for local businesses and increase the diversity of people who live around you.

* Help out those older adults in your neighborhood. An older adult is much more likely to end up on the streets if they have no one to support them when they need it. If you know any more senior adults in your neighborhood, talk to them about volunteering for elder care or similar programs. You can also offer to accompany your elderly neighbors to doctor's appointments and other appointments that require seeing a doctor or nurse. It's a beautiful way to give your elderly neighbors the assistance they need to maintain a healthy and active lifestyle.

* Show support for other local businesses. There are countless small businesses in our community that could benefit from a little bit of promotion. Many small businesses are unaware of what advertising techniques are available to them. Help your neighbors by pitching in to sponsor events or help them with advertising costs. Not only can you give your support, but you will be doing your part to keep your town's economy growing.

* Give back to the community. It's easy to see why some people shy away from helping others. When you help a neighbor out, the good news is you get the added benefit of the appreciation and blessing you receive. Don't feel like your actions should be justifiable to you alone. Help your neighbor out, and you will find yourself doing the same for those you don't know very well.

Whichever way you choose to contribute in your neighborhood. Start today.


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