“We have all known the long loneliness, and we have found the answer is community.”
– Dorothy Day
Today I thought I would do a post about how to foster community and as I was coming up with my list… which I envisioned becoming “14 ways to foster community” or something like that, I ran into this marvelous poster which pretty much sums it all up!
This poster can be purchased at The Peace Company
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Promote understanding and awareness
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Kathy’s 5 ways to foster community where you live
- Get off the Couch – Turn off electronics and get out of the house. Find a local activity that sounds fun and attend.
- Sit on your front porch – In the world of backyard decks people have stopped hanging out in front of their houses. Try sitting on your front stoop and saying hello to those who pass by. I’ve started a Monday ritual to clean out my car right out in front of my house. I’m busy doing something that needs to happen, anyone who has a pre-schooler who shares a car with them will concur on this fact, and I have the added bonus of seeing and talking to my neighbors who I otherwise wouldn’t see.
- Find a group that shares your passion – What ever your passion, gardening, scrapbooking, skydiving or anything else and there are likely groups who gather to do these very things. Seek them out and join one. Doing something you love in the company of others can be exhilarating!
- Have a Block Party – When I moved into my neighborhood I asked my neighbors if we ever had a block party on the street and was told that they had happened before but someone really needed to take charge if it was going to happen again. So two of us decided to to do it together and now for two years running, we have had a block party on our street. We picked a date, sent around fliers, collected money (for street permits and barbeque supplies) and the people came. Living on our street feels so much nicer now that so many of us actually know each other!
- Buy local – One of the quickest way to really feel like you are part of a community is to get to know your local merchants. Get to know the folks at your local hardware store, farmers market, small gift shops and diners. When you know these people by name even mundane purchases become excercises in community building.
“We can begin by doing small things at the local level, like planting community gardens or looking out for our neighbors. That is how change takes place in living systems, not from above but from within, from many local actions occurring simultaneously.” ~ Grace Lee Boggs
How will you foster community this week?