A yellow lily sits open proudly near a blooming bud in the vegetable garden of South City anarchist collective house called Bolozone in South City St. Louis June 2009.

Photograph by Nora Jehle, My Shot

Get ideas for how you can make a difference in your community through everyday activities. Meet your neighbors while learning more about where you live.

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Raise Money

Start a drive to help members of your community or another community. For example, start a book or coat drive, a disaster-relief drive, a fundraising drive, or a canned goods drive.

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Organize a Block Party

Ask neighbors to bring food, music, and activities that reflect their culture or family.

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Help a Neighbor

Adopt a neighbor who could use some extra help. Lend a hand with shoveling snow, scraping ice from a car, yard work, taking out trash and recycling, walking a dog, grocery shopping, or other tasks.

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Offer to babysit a neighbor's child.

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Join a Team

Join a community team or league.

Join a Group

Participate in a community organization such as the YMCA.

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Investigate Your Water

Find out where your local drinking water comes from. Brainstorm ways that you and other people in the community can help keep the water supply safe and clean.

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Community Heritage

Research the cultural heritage of your community. Find out why different groups settled in your community. Did they move to be near family? Were they displaced due to war, poverty, or persecution?