There’s been a movement in local years to try to keep money in local communities. This can be done in a variety of ways, depending on what your family needs, what it consumes, and the causes you support. IKO Community Management wants to help you support your local community. We believe that one of the best investments you can make is in the community that your family is growing up within. Below, you’ll find tips for supporting your local community. There are so many ways that this can be achieved, and it varies from community to community, so feel free to research methods that may be specific to your community.
- Shop Locally – Do you have a family farm near your community? Is there a mom and pop alternative to shopping at the chain grocery store every week? Small businesses are the building blocks of communities. While it may seem like it’s more convenient to shop at the big, chain stores, the majority of the money your spend there doesn’t stay in your community. Cut out the middleman (and potentially save money) by shopping at small, locally owned establishments. Would you rather be improving the data for shareholders at the big grocery stores, or helping someone buy their kids a new pair of shoes? Or helping a storeowner make rent by supporting local businesses? We suggest that at least once a month you try to buy the majority of your groceries or do the majority of your other shopping at small, locally owned establishments. During the summer months it’s fun to visit farmers markets! You’ll get the freshest produce available, often harvested that morning. You’ll also be able to ask questions about your purchase from the experts.
- Volunteer – There are so many causes to support, why not start in your backyard! Choose a few causes, then research where you can make a difference locally. If you want to help animals, volunteer to help at your local animal shelter or consider fostering a pet to get them ready for adoption. If you’re concerned about poverty, volunteer at a soup kitchen or donation center. If your schedule allows, volunteer at your child’s school events. There are so many organizations that could use your support, every little bit helps. Bring your friends, your family, and your neighbors. Make a day of it!
- Be a Good Neighbor – It’s as simple as smiling at strangers who you meet during your day. Let someone merge in traffic instead of speeding ahead to your destination. Put your neighbor’s windshield wipers up before ice storms. Don’t litter! Every small action has an effect, whether it’s on a scale noticeable to those around you or simply something that betters yourself. Just think about it, if everyone was a good neighbor to those around them, there would be no man-made troubles in the world (ok, we know that’s an unobtainable goal for humanity but it doesn’t hurt to work at it). You don’t have to go completely out of your way to be a good neighbor, either! Just improve your day with conscientiousness and simple, random acts of kindness.
Supporting your community is a win-win for everyone! The community improves and by making a concerted effort to improve the community we end up improving ourselves. From all of us at IKO Community Management, we hope that these tips have helped you plan some little changes that will make a big difference!