60 Ways to Better Your Community

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A community service project is an excellent feel good way to bring about change on a small, intimate level. But before grabbing the work gloves, make sure that your project has a specific focus. Here are some ideas to help get the project started and have some fun helping those around you as well as yourself.

Neighborhood Enhancement
1. Help people paint and repair their homes.
2. Volunteer to clean up trash around a neighborhood.
3. Create a mural that depicts values of your community.
4. Set up an art exhibit at a local business, sell the creations, and use the money to fund a cause in your community.
5. Collect supplies for persons who have been victims of a fire or other disaster.
6. Plant a community garden.
7. Organize a campaign to raise money for new playground equipment, or reconstruct the playground yourself.
8. Share your skills! Volunteer to teach a class at a community center.
9. When fall comes around, distribute leaf bags and offer to assist neighbors with raking their yards.
10. Campaign for additional lighting along poorly lit streets.

Special Needs
1. Volunteer at a Special Olympics event.
2. Work with kids who have special needs on an art project.
3. Set up a buddy system with the special needs program at your school.
4. Raise money to purchase Braille books, large print books or other needed materials for the special needs program at a local school or community center.
5. Make gifts with friends for kids in the hospital. Distribute Valentines, Halloween candy, or Christmas treats/toys.
6. Build a ramp for a person in a wheelchair to make their house more accessible.
7. Volunteer to read books or newspapers to those who are visually impaired.
8. Visit a local care center to learn more about those with special needs, and ask how you can help.
9. Recruit some friends or a class to help set up a library at a children’s hospital.
10. Create a pamphlet that includes helpful tips concerning the respect of and interaction with people who have special needs.

Senior Citizens
1. Adopt a “grandfriend”. Write them letters, call them, and visit often.
2. Gather friends and create a “shop squad” to pick up groceries and medicine for elderly.
3. Deliver meals to homebound individuals.
4. Gather family and friends and organize a summer songfest or play to perform at a nursing home.
5. For the holidays, go caroling, bring (easy-to-eat) treats, or just go and visit senior citizens.
6. Offer to read to people.
7. Provide your local nursing home or library with more large-print books.
8. Teach a senior how to use a computer or the Internet.
9. Call up elderly people who live alone to check if they need anything.
10. Volunteer to do general home maintenance for a senior citizen.

Homeless and/or Hungry
1. Help cook/serve meals at a homeless shelter.
2. Throw a birthday party for children who are homeless at a local shelter.
3. Organize a free, public nutrition awareness campaign.
4. Gather combs, toothbrushes, shampoo, razors, etc. to make “I Care” kits for people who are homeless.
5. Take children who are homeless on outings to a movie, zoo, or other fun location.
6. Hold a book drive and donate the proceeds to the shelter, and then hold a read-a-thon or give a class on basic reading skills.
7. Donate art supplies to the local shelter.
8. Offer to repair or alter clothes for people who are homeless.
9. Campaign to create a nursery in your local shelter, or help maintain an existing one.
10. Always keep a few granola bars on hand!

Animals
1. Volunteer at your local animal shelter.
2. Gather newspapers and give to a local animal shelter.
3. Learn about raising and training a pet to give to a disable person, and consider whether it is an option for you and your family.
4. Visit and volunteer at a local aviary, zoo, or wild animal rehabilitation center.
5. Organize a community dog wash, and donate the proceeds to organizations that aid animals.
6. Locate homes and shelters for abandoned pets.
7. Start a Chow Drive for the community to donate food and toys to a local shelter.
8. Offer dog-walking services to those who can’t (or won’t) give their pets the proper amount of exercise.
9. Take pictures or videos of pets that are in the pound and use them when organizing a supplies drive.
10. Adopt a pet! Or, if this is not an option, volunteer to become a temporary foster parent for a pet in the pound.

Environment
1. Clean up trash from a local outdoor space.
2. Organize a hike or nature walk with friends, and bring bags to collect trash along the trails.
3. Have fun with creating homemade paper out of used paper with friends (It’s easy, fun, and green!)
4. Grow your own vegetables, fruits, and herbs in an organic garden, and encourage others to do the same.
5. Instead of using the car, choose the healthy route and bike to your next location. Burn energy, not gasoline!
6. Choose a family “energy watchdog” to shut off lights, television, and dripping sinks when not in use.
7. Switch your current Internet home page to an energy-saving one, such as Google’s “Blackle”, and turn down the computer screen brightness level as well. (It’s unhealthy for both the environment and your eyes.)
8. Create a children’s nature garden. Create a path, label plants and trees, and schedule guided tours.
9. Purchase recycled products as opposed to generic ones.
10. When buying food or drinks of any kind, it is better to stick to a large jug or tub as opposed to a collection of individually packaged goods.

 

 

 

 

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Monday Mindset

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Happy Friday!

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Former First Lady Barbara Bush

Former First Lady Barbara Bush recently passed away at the young age of 92. May she rest in peace. I can only pray to live that long.

Condolences to her family and friends. 

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Motivation Monday!

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Happy Friday!

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“Me Too”

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The only way to find support is to admit how you feel in the first place. For example, sometimes we feel as though the world is crashing down around us as if the pain we are experiencing is unique only to us at the moment. This, of course, is far from the truth.  We are all in this together. The very demons that torment each of us, torment all of us. It is our challenges and troubles that connect us at the deepest level. Once we fully embrace this, our relationships whether they be our friendships, marriages, our children or with other family members become a place where we can look each other in the eye and say, “I’m lost and struggling at the moment,” and we can nod back at each other and say, “Me too,” …and that’s OK.  Because not being “OK” all the time—not having it all figured out—is perfectly OK.

6 Podcasts To Listen To That Will Improve Every Area Of Your Life

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If you find yourself bored on your commute, or have some free time to kill, then just pop in your earphones or turn up your speakers and improve on yourself with these six podcasts:

Work Life with Adam Grant/By TED

  1. Take criticism constructively:

In some of the biggest industries in the world, employees have become to be more comfortable with negative feedback as their progress and quality of work is rated constantly.

In a world like this, it’s essential that we know how to take criticism and use it to become better. And successful people embrace it, they know and swear that it is an essential component for their success.

And with this podcast, you can learn to take it better, and learn how you can also dish it out too.

The Tony Robbins Podcast/ By Tony Robbins

  1. The secret to improving your business

Who doesn’t want their business to continue to thrive? And the hard part is making that happen – the hard part is about staying relevant.

But there is one thing you can do that will make sure that you always create value and improve your processes. And that’s all to do with innovation.

If you want to be the leader in your industry, you need to make sure you’re always one step ahead. You need to always be looking for ways you can be better and fresher than what already exists.

And in this podcast, Tony Robbins will help you do exactly that. He’ll show you how you can connect with your customer like never before!

Oprah’s SuperSoul Conversations/By Oprah

  1. Unchain yourself from unhappiness and anxiety

Eckhart Tolle is the author of ‘A New Earth’ where he explains that we are in a state of a new Earth. And now he’s going to teach us how we can lift and rid ourselves of pain that we can all experience from time to time.

Oprah is a massive fan and says that Eckhart is one of the “greatest spiritual teachers and inspirations here on the plant.”

Marketing School | Digital Marketing | Online Marketing /By Neil Patel & Eric Siu.

  1. For help thinking outside the box

You seriously need to check out Neil Patel’s Marketing School for all the up to date marketing info you need to succeed!

So, if marketing is scary for you then it’s about to get a lot easier, and because it’s so essential for your business, it’s something you need to improve on always!

TEDTalks Health/By TED

  1. Be inspired to workout 

When you know the powers working out has over your brain and how it works, you’ll be inspired more than ever to workout!

Wendy will show you the science behind how looking after your body will help you look after your brain. And when you start doing this you’ll be unlocking a lot of benefits you probably never knew possible.

10% Happier with Dan Harris/A podcast powered by FeedBurner

  1. Be 10% happier

This podcast uses meditation in a unique way that will allow you to feel happier within yourself and your life.

Using insights and meditation from celebrities who have found that meditation has made their life more positive, this podcast will help you to do the same.

So, if you’re into meditation already then this you will love even more. Plus it’s a great way to feel motivated into doing it! 

Happy Friday!

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Come On Spring!

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Spring the season
of renewal. Not only do we start to
see the buds bloom into lovely flowers,
but we see ourselves start to bloom as
well. It’s like a form of rebirth, as we start
over and become a new version of ourselves.
Letting go of the past and starting fresh, as
we start to clear out our closets getting
rid of the old and bringing
in the new. As we start to
clean everything in sight, to
bring that sense of newness
to our space. Hanging new window
treatments, buying big colorful throw pillows,
fresh linen, towels, and soaps for the bath. A
complete makeover. Women are in line at the
salons waiting their turn to get their nails and toes
 painted. Guys getting splashed with Florida water by
their favorite barber after a close cut shave. Ah! Spring!
what better way to start fresh, with a sense of renewal?
Spring is such a blissful time of year, full of all things of life
form coming to life, making us aware of the world’s beauty.

Enjoy It!

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