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There are many ways to invest in your community and many ways to do it. You might invest your money in different ways. Consider investing your time by volunteering and spending your energy working with other community members and local organizations. Also, perhaps work with and even against the provincial government to get things done or stop them.
Following; are suggestions to get you started thinking about the type of investments you might want to make in your community.
Great Ways to Get Involved in Your NYC CommunityGreat Ways to Get Involved in Your NYC Community
One of the simplest ways to get involved in your community is through your neighborhood block association. Check with your community board to find out how to contact your local block association if one already exists.
Start With Your Local CommunityStart With Your Local Community
If there is no block association in your neighborhood and you are inclined to start one; the Citizens Committee for New York City, a one-stop resource intended to “bring neighbors together to work on issues that matter to [them],” has a PDF guide about the steps to take to do so. Additionally, through a community map on the organization’s website, you can find out what issues your community is already working on.
One popular NYC program, Love Your Block, a unique partnership between NYC Service and Citizens Committee for New York City, provides NYC residents the opportunity s to beautify their neighborhoods while potentially receiving a $1000 grant to assist with transforming one city block.
596 Acres is a community land access advocacy organization. That “champions resident stewardship of the land to build more just and equitable cities.” The Acres supports residents who maintain vacant parcels of city-owned land as community gardens to begin that process. The organization has built some online advocacy tools: Living Lots, Urban Reviewer, and NYCommons, to encourage and assist residents in their work in their communities.
Business Improvement DistrictsBusiness Improvement Districts
Business Improvement Districts; are also a great way to discover what is happening in your neighborhood and become involved in your local community. The NYC BID Association has a directory of local BIDS in NYC. Many BIDs host neighborhood events that are open to the public. Check-in to locate your neighborhood BID and find out what’s happening in your part of the urban jungle.
Economic DevelopmentEconomic Development
Suppose you are a highly skilled person with specialized knowledge and experience. In that case, you might consider becoming involved with The New York City Economic Development Corp. NYCEDC, an organization helping build healthy neighborhoods and create jobs.
The organization is comprised of teams of; “skilled individuals with know-how and expertise across many fields including community/neighborhood development, workforce development, real estate, industry and sector analysis, design, urban planning, marketing, engineering, financial analysis, and more” who are committed to contributing to NYC’s growth. Throwing your professional weight behind your neighborhood is an excellent way to invest in your community.
Buy LocalBuy Local
Buy local. No, it’s not a gimmicky slogan; instead, it’s a choice to invest your spending dollars in your community as often as possible. Frequent local independent businesses get to know the owners, employees, and other representatives of the local business scene. You will be helping to boost the local economy, which is also in your interest as a community member. Made in NYC has a database to help find locally made products in various sectors.
Volunteering is an excellent way to invest in your community. With opportunities ranging from tutoring local high school students and mentoring start-ups to coaching a local basketball team and teaching residents financial literacy, you can choose to serve your community in significant ways.
Find out where the greatest need is; or other opportunities that meet your interests through NYC Service, a city agency promoting volunteerism and engaging New Yorkers in service of the city and its residents.
The New York City Board of Elections is always looking for Poll Workers for local and national elections. And the job pays! You’ll need to fill out an application; if chosen, attend paid training and pass a test to become a certified poll worker.
Let us know if you’ve had a great experience with other community opportunities.