Connecting with your local community

As an adult, you have the power to make a difference in your community. Whether you're looking to make a positive change or simply want to feel more connected to your town or city, getting involved in your local community can be a great way to make an impact and build a sense of belonging.

If you're not sure where to start, think back to your school days. Remember all the clubs, sports teams, and volunteer opportunities that were available? These opportunities exist in the adult world too, and they can be a great way to get involved in your community.

If you're interested in organized volunteer work, many cities have clubs that support the community and organize volunteers. Service clubs like Rotary Clubs and Kiwanis Clubs are always welcoming new members and can be a great resource for finding volunteer opportunities.

Non-profit organizations also rely on volunteers to carry out their missions and serve on their board of directors. If there's a non-profit in your area that's doing work you care about, reach out and ask how you can get involved.

If you're interested in politics, attend your city council meetings, or reach out to your state's leadership training groups to connect with other future leaders.

For those looking for physical activity, recreational sports teams or exercise classes can be a great way to meet new people and get active. Check out your city's Parks and Rec department for schedules and information on leagues and classes.

If you're looking for a creative outlet, art museums and community centers often offer classes or group projects. Lifelong learning centers can offer classes in a variety of subjects, including languages and hobbies.

And if you can't find an activity that interests you, consider starting your own club or class. Community centers, libraries, and Parks and Rec departments often provide free meeting spaces for clubs and classes.

Getting involved in your community may take a little bravery to get started, but the payoff is huge. Communities and organizations need people to be involved, and you deserve a community that you want to be engaged in. So, take that first step and get involved in something that interests you. You'll be amazed at the impact you can make and the connections you'll build.