….. 50 WAYS TO SUPPORT YOUR COMMUNITY……..
DO SOMETHING ITS YOUR CIVIC RESPONSIBILITY
Hello Beautiful People, I Pray you are all doing well. Most of the time, we ask questions and do discuss basic amenities and other developmental projects in our communities which we lack, what most of us forget is that it starts with us. Our little efforts directly or indirectly impact our communities positively and a lot of people. Wherever we reside, it is very important for us to think of what and how to support our motherland and her communities. For those of us living on the continent of Africa, we need to rekindle our interests in supporting the development and growth of our communities. The list below is posted from a research find on how to support one’s community. Please Read, Share and Discuss with your friends, the family and your community members, adapt it to make a positive impression, impact and social progress in your community, district, region and your country. DO SOMETHING……IT’S YOUR COMMUNITY. There are many ways that business people can support their communities. The following are some examples.
- Offer your premises or site for a community group to use for its meetings/events
- Loan equipment and machinery (and operators if necessary to community groups
- Photocopy newsletters, flyers and other material for a community group
- Contract a community group or its clients to do some of your work
- Include a community group’s mail in your company’s mail outs
- Mentor community groups with financial management, planning, marketing, public relations, computer technology, etc.
- Make available traineeships to community groups working with unemployed youth
- Employ older employees who have been retrenched from their jobs
- Employ a person with a disability who is capable of undertaking work for your company
- Provide work experience for students from local schools, TAFE and universities
- Join Rotary, Lions and other local clubs which support communities
- Assist a community group to plan and run a major event
- Advertise a community group’s event in your shop window
- Sponsor a community event such as a festival, display or annual celebration
- Offer your goods and services at a discount rate to a community group
- Administer the salaries of employees from a small community group
- Use your business premises as a collection point for non-perishable food for a community group which supports people living in poverty
- Encourage employees to contribute to the food bin
- Allocate the proceeds from the sale of a particular product (maybe specially labelled) to a community group or cause
- Pass on obsolete equipment (operational) to community groups
- Offer reduced labour costs for repairing or maintaining a community group’s equipment and machinery
- Provide scholarships or subsidies to community groups so that their clients or workers can participate in essential training, workshops and conferences
- Sponsor disadvantaged children to participate in sporting activities, camps and school excursions
- Provide in-kind or at reduced prices goods for raffles, fetes and other fundraising activities
- Provide surplus stock either at reduced cost or no cost to community groups which may be able to sell it or use it themselves
- Promote a particular community group or cause using your company’s marketing or media resources
- Employees with particular expertise in management, financial or legal matters can advise or join community groups’ committees
- Construct and maintain a website for a community group
- Use your shop window, office wall, signage, company vehicle or stationery to highlight a particular community issue or cause
- Provide a commission to a community group which refers customers to your business
- Adopt a reserve or an environmentally fragile area and contribute to or take responsibility for its upkeep
- Provide a storage area for a community group for its equipment or goods
- Sponsor community or school awards
- Share your business networks with community groups
- Encourage other companies to support their communities
- Use your influence and contacts to advocate with government or businesses to support a community cause
- Assist a community group with its application for government or philanthropic trust funding
- Provide a community group with training sessions in management
- Assist a community group to recruit staff
- Assign an employee for a specified period of time to a community group to undertake a task or project
- Assist a community group to develop policies and procedures for its services, activities and projects
- Place a fundraising collection tin, badges, ribbons, lollies or raffle tickets on your shop counter, reception area or staff room
- Recycle or re-use as much of your company’s waste as possible
- Allow your staff to participate as volunteers regularly or once a year for a community group or cause
- Conduct an in-house fundraising event with proceeds going to a local community group or cause
- Introduce a voluntary staff salary deduction scheme with the proceeds going to a community cause
- Provide a small percentage of the sale of your goods and services for a community group or cause
- Collaborate with other companies to work on community projects
- Educate your employees about community issues by inviting an informed representative from a community group to speak about local issues
- Include the costs of supporting your community in your company’s budget.
Some of these can also be initiated by our individual selves. Let us do our best to move our communities ahead into a positive direction.
Thank you all.
Credit Also Goes to Prekese-Ghanamedia and the entire crew.