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There is no such thing as an action too small, not when one is hoping to aid their local community. Making a difference can seem like an impossible feat – but one must never forget the impact that even the smallest act can have.

There are hundreds of different ways that you can make a difference right now in your local community. Some options won’t require you to go out of your way, while others may encourage you to utilize your passions. In other words, if they are willing to try, there’s something for everyone. Here are a few tips to get you started in helping your local community.

Sustainability Projects

These days people are more concerned about sustainability than ever before. If this has been on your mind lately, have no fear! There are plenty of sustainable ways to give back to your community. You can start a community garden if you have the space. Or sign up to head a new recycling program.

Shop Local

Believe it or not, changing your shopping habits can make a difference in your community. By switching to local stores, you help to improve the local economy. This aid doubles if you choose to shop with small businesses. 

Donate Blood

Donating blood costs you nothing – but it can mean the world to those that receive it. Your blood can save a life, especially if you have the ideal donor blood type. Reach out to local organizations (such as the local branch of the American Red Cross) to find out about the next blood drive.

Volunteer

Volunteering is one of the most common ways people choose to give back to their community. Volunteering lets people give back directly by helping organizations in dire need of additional hands. Best of all – one can utilize their passion and talent for the greater good! For example, consider signing up to help at a soup kitchen if you love cooking. 

Adopting/Fostering a Pet

One way to make a difference in your community is to adopt or foster. Taking an animal into your home may not feel like you’re making a difference in the world – but you’re making a difference for that animal! Fostering is like volunteering; only you’re offering space in your home for a shelter animal. This allows shelters to rescue more animals, which is always excellent.