5 Ways to Make a Difference in Your Community

March 09, 2017

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Think globally — act locally. Get involved right in your neighborhood!


CALL OR VISIT YOUR NATIONAL AND STATE REPRESENTATIVES AND SENATORS
“It is important for every person to speak out about what they care about because we listen. Get to know your representatives, tell them about what you know and your priorities, and most importantly, tell them what you want them to do about it..” – Allyson Y. Schwartz ’70, ’08 HD, former member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Pennsylvania's 13th district and currently the President & CEO of the Better Medicare Alliance.  
ATTEND EVENTS AT YOUR LOCAL LIBRARY

Public libraries provide so much more to their communities than free books or computer access! Most libraries host readings from local or traveling authors, or host special children’s events. They are also great meeting spaces for lectures, book clubs, or other community gatherings. Talk to your local librarian about what your library can offer.


BUY FROM A LOCALLY OWNED BUSINESS
Supporting a locally owned business is way to invest in your community by strengthening the organizations that keep it running. When you buy a locally made product or use a service provided by a small business, your money goes directly to your neighbors, who can then invest in your community as well.
BECOME A MENTOR

Becoming a mentor doesn’t always have to be a formal process, although many professional and community organizations offer mentoring programs. Groups like Big Brothers Big Sisters can help connect you to children in your area that need a caring adult, but sometimes, becoming (or finding) a mentor is as simple as sending an email or making a phone call to someone you want to network with and continuing to keep in touch.  


SIGN UP TO VOLUNTEER
Volunteering your time and skills is a great way to give back to your community and build your own local network. Hospitals, nursing homes, and animal shelters are a great place to start looking for opportunities to serve. If you’re looking for something a little different, several websites can match you with volunteer opportunities in your local area: 

April 29 is the National Day of Service. Check out some of our regional networks to find Simmons alumnae/i in your area that you can team up with to plan a volunteer project.


How do you make a difference in your community? Share with us on Facebook and Twitter using #simmsmadness.

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