Communities are places where people with different experiences and backgrounds live and thrive together. So many amazing things happen in communities: people coming together at events or associations….there is always something going on! Now, would you want to be a bigger part of your community? How about contributing in someway? One such way is creating a community project. It doesn’t take much…

Getting started

What are you passionate about? Can you utilize your professional skills to start something special? For example, if you are a lawyer you might set up a free workshop to help people with their legal issues. Or if you love basketball, you can partner up with a school or club to offer a basketball clinic for the kids in your community.

Reaching out

You have an idea for a community project. Sketch out the details. And then reach out to people in the community that can help! Pick up the phone, email, or use social media to contact them. If one person isn’t available, there are more people willing to help out and be a part of your vision.

Learning from other Communities

Always do your research and find out if other communities have done a similar project that you are planning to do. If there are similar ones be sure to reach out to the organizers, check out there social media and learn as much as you can about the project.

Yes, you are networking!

Even if you don’t realize it, your good deed is providing you with an amazing way to reach out and network with people around you! When you network you never know who you will really make a connection with–it’s all about helping others, being approachable and learning from others. After you have planned and executed your project look back and see how many people you really have connected with. The number might surprise you!

Measuring your project’s success

Even if your project didn’t achieve your overall goal(s) you can chalk it down to experience. Also you have accomplished something worthwhile within your community. Now the real test begins–should you learn from your first effort and embark on your next project or simply quit? Think about it–it might have been a really tough first experience but think about the people you have met, the things you have learned and what people from your community have gained from your project.

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