Better Your Community

Four More Ways to Better Your Community by Peter Zieve

In a previous post, Peter Zieve talked about the importance of giving back to the community and how simple things like being a good neighbor and supporting local businesses already help the community a big way. Seeing that there’s still a lot that we all can do to help our communities, Peter Zieve wishes to share more ideas and suggestions. Kindly read on below to learn what these are.

If you’re wondering how else you can help your community, or thinking of other ways you can improve it and make it better, here are a few more ways:

1. Keep public spaces clean

Public spaces like parks and community centers, neighborhood streets, and gardens are the community’s “Welcome” signs, so to speak. And as such, they all need regular cleaning and maintenance. There are several ways to keep these public spaces clean, says Peter Zieve. First, you have to be responsible for your own trash. Throw them in the proper receptacles outdoors or take them home with you so can throw these in your own trash bin. Secondly, practice and promote recycling to minimize trash. You can also organize clean-up drives and install trash cans in these public spaces if there aren’t any.

2. Plant your own produce garden

Plant a fruit tree in your backyard, start your own vegetable and herb garden, and grow these without using pesticides or fertilizers that could harm the environment. Encourage your neighbors to do the same, says Peter Zieve; and the best way to encourage them is by being the example. Show them how fun and rewarding it is to grow your own vegetable garden. It’s cheaper and healthier, too!

3. Volunteer at an animal shelter

Animal shelters provide temporary homes to abandoned, neglected, and abused cats, dogs, and other pets. These are non-profit organizations that rely on donations and volunteers for their operations. They will appreciate any help you can extend. Gather your family and friends and volunteer at a local animal shelter. You can help clean the cages, walk the dogs, and feed the animals. If you’re a veterinarian, you could also consider volunteering your professional services for free, encourages Peter Zieve.

4. Help the homeless

Community shelters and non-profit organizations provide temporary shelters to the homeless. Volunteer at these shelters and charities to give cheer to the homeless, especially the children. You can organize a toy drive, volunteer at a soup kitchen, cook and bring food to the shelters, organize a feeding program, donate toiletries and basic care kits (toothbrush, toothpaste, bath soap, shampoo, razor, and sanitary napkins), or even read stories to the younger children.

There’s so much we can do for the community, says Peter Zieve. Feel free to share your thoughts!