Ideas to Build Community

A community is a network of individuals united in pursuit of a common cause. With that in mind, here are some ideas that may assist you in developing a community.

Perhaps some of these ideas can help you create a community that has diverse membership, common celebration and frequent gathering.

Take some time to review this list and see which ones appeal to you. If you come up with some new ones, please let us know. We’ll definitely add them to the list.

Turn off your TV
Leave your house
Know your neighbors
Look up when you are walking
Greet people
Sit on your stoop
Plant flowers
Use your library
Play together
Buy from local merchants
Share what you have
Help a lost dog
Take children to the park
Garden together
Support neighborhood schools
Fix it even if you didn’t break it
Have pot lucks
Honor elders
Pick up litter
Read stories aloud
Dance in the street

Talk to the mail carrier
Listen to the birds
Put up a swing
Help carry something heavy
Barter for your goods
Start a tradition
Ask a question
Hire young people for odd jobs
Organize a block party
Bake extra and share
Ask for help when you need it
Open your shades
Sing together
Share your skills
Take back the night
Turn up the music
Turn down the music
Listen before you react to anger
Mediate a conflict
Seek to understand
Learn from new and uncomfortable angles