Monday, April 22, 2013

How to Build a Community

outdoor dining

One of the things I hold dearest is a sense of community. Building community starts at home. Setting a table encourages you and your family to gather around the dinner table and discuss the day's events while enjoying a delicious meal. When I was a child I remember playing with the neighbor children while our mothers sat and chatted over tea. We always felt safe because everyone knew and looked out for one another. Sadly, that feeling of community is getting lost in today's fast-paced world.

Here are some ideas to help you feel less isolated and foster a sense of community where you live:
  • Use your library
  • books
  • Turn off your TV
  • Leave your house
  • Know your neighbors
  • Greet people
  • Look up when you're walking
italian family

  • Sit on your stoop
  • Plant flowers
  • Play together
children playing

  • Buy from local merchants
  • Share what you have
  • Help a lost dog
  • Take children to the park
  • Honor elders
men on bench

  • Support neighborhood schools
  • Talk to the mail carrier
  • Help someone carry something heavy
  • Have potlucks
blackberry pie
  • Hire young people in your neighborhood for odd jobs
  • Organize a block party
  • Start a tradition
  • Bake extra and share
With these and other small steps, you can help to recapture your community.

With love,

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