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Giving back to the community is an important way of making a positive change in the world and staying connected to the people around you. Not only does giving back make the community stronger, but studies have indicated that people who feel a sense of security and belonging in their communities tend to be healthier.

Regardless of your abilities or situation, there are always ways you can help make a difference—both in your community and the larger world. Here are a few ways of creating positive change and getting involved in the community to consider:

  • Giving your time and energy to a cause or organization that needs help is an excellent way of making an impact. Look for opportunities to volunteer for nonprofits, or consider joining a local community event. In addition to helping the people around you, odds are you'll benefit too—studies have shown that people who volunteer have lower mortality rates. On top of that volunteering can have benefits for your mental health and can lead to networking opportunities that could even improve your career.

    Looking for a rewarding volunteer opportunity? Spectrum is always looking for new volunteers for our senior meal and fall prevention programs!
  • Often, people assume that making a donation means giving money. While it's true that financial gifts can be incredibly useful for community organizations and nonprofits, they're certainly not the only way you can help. Many nonprofits) also accept in-kind donations of materials, food, clothing, or household goods. Check with nonprofits in your area and see what they need—it might be something you already have lying around.
  • Support Local Organizations.
    Not everyone has the means to donate their time, money, or goods. However, that doesn't mean that you can't still make a difference. For example, many nonprofits struggle with visibility and publicizing their services and events. For organizations in that situation, even sharing their posts on social media or spreading the word elsewhere can be extremely beneficial. Make a call to community service organizations near you and ask what you can do to support them.

Spectrum Community Services is committed to improving the quality of life for low-income families, seniors, and individuals in Alameda County. Through financial assistance and other services, our goal is to support community members in building healthy, safe, and independent lives. Contact us to learn more about our services, or consider making a donation to support our work. We can't wait to work with you!