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Humans are social animals, and having a strong sense of community can help us thrive.

Whether you’re new to a community or you’ve simply never gotten involved, interacting with the people where you live can not only enhance your community but also your own perspectives and optimism. Not sure how to get started? Keep reading for three tips on how to get involved in the community.

1. Get Into a Hobby

When you join a new community, one of the best ways to get involved and find connections is to seek out groups doing what you enjoy. Whether you enjoy gardening or bridge, find a group that caters to that interest. It’s much easier to connect with people when you share a common love!

If you’re looking for a new hobby, check out local clubs or classes that teach the kinds of things you want to know. Many communities have things like art classes, sailing clubs, book clubs, and more. Don’t forget to check out local groups through sites like Meetup, which allows you to explore groups in your area.

2. Give Back

Want to really know your community from the roots? There’s no better way than to volunteer.

Pick a charity close to your heart, and dive in! Seeking out volunteer opportunities on a regular basis can be incredibly rewarding, and it can also help you form connections with like-minded volunteers. Whether you’re giving out food at a soup kitchen or reading to kids at a library, you’ll be able to form connections with people who also want to put positive karma out into the world.

You may also want to consider joining a faith-based community of like-minded people and volunteers in your area. Opt for a local choice that volunteers with places in your area for the best results!

3. Become a Mentor

Sharing your knowledge with your community is a great way to add value and help those who need it most.

If you have career expertise, you may be able to act as a mentor in schools or colleges to guide students toward certain career opportunities. Some mentorship opportunities allow you to spend time with students or at-risk youths on an ongoing basis. Others let you contribute to a local community website to share your knowledge and experience.

Check out opportunities in your area to see which option would be right for you.

Get Involved in Your Community Today

Strong communities don’t simply pop up on their own; they’re created by people who build them. If you’d like to get involved and make your community a better place, there’s no better time than now!

With a little time and effort, you’ll find it easy to create lasting connections and work toward a stronger community.

Want more tips to help you make the most of your faith? Check out our other guides for helpful insights!