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Neighbors of DuPage

Make a difference

Oct 08, 2015 02:01PM ● By Neighbors Magazines

Lions Club members and many helpers gather at the Community Center to assemble Holiday Baskets every year to distribute to Darien residents in need.

There are countless ways to get involved in your community, whether you’re passionate about animal rescue or cleaning up the environment. Service not only helps build a deepened sense of community, but it also unites families and friends together for a joint cause. Now is the perfect time to break out of your routine and give back.

All you need to make a difference is time and motivation, but where to start? The key is to find something with a personal connection. The following tips will help you take full advantage of opportunities to make an impact in your community, whether big or small.

• Pour into your passions. Think about how you can incorporate good deeds into what you’re already doing. Bring a bag on your next hike and pick up litter, which will help keep the trail clean and in its natural state for fellow hikers and wildlife. The park rangers and critters will thank you.

• Spread your wealth of knowledge. Take your education one step further, and share what you’ve learned and mastered with students who may be struggling. Whether you’re the grammar police in the family or you’re a computer programmer who sees life in a series of bits and bytes, head to your local Boys and Girls Club or after-school program to tutor students. Sometimes all a student needs is a little inspiration and a mentor to find their passion.

• Social media with a conscience. Sometimes doing good deeds is as easy as tweeting from your couch. Rally your friends around your favorite nonprofit to raise awareness about the cause.

No matter how you choose to get involved in your community, the value you can provide to those in need is unmatched.