3 Tips for Becoming More Involved in Your New Community

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Moving apartments can be a daunting task. There are so many unknowns that it’s natural to feel a bit nervous. This is especially true if you will move to a whole new area. One of the best ways to settle in as quickly as possible is to find ways to become involved in your community. Not only will becoming involved give you the opportunity to make new friends and connections, but you’ll also be able to give something back to the community. Without further ado, here are 3 easy-to-follow tips that will make your new apartment feel like home in no time.

Join a Community Group

Joining a community group is a surefire way to get connected, fast. There are so many different types of groups that you can join, such as sports teams, hobby enthusiast groups, or something completely different. 

So where do you find these groups? Ask around, search on the web, and look in your local paper for ideas. Meetup is also a very handy platform for finding groups to join in your area. You can search by interests, such as outdoor activities, art, music, or tech. Events are generally organized by locals, who set the itinerary and organize the essentials. You may need to pay a small price, but you’ll also find many free events.

The best thing is that if you can’t find what you’re looking for, you can easily create your own group. What better way to make an impression in your new city than to set up a new group for people to join. For instance, you could create your community’s first cycling club, or the largest food lovers group. It’s really up to you! So long as there are at least a few other people involved, you’ll soon be well on your way to starting something special in your community.

Volunteer 

You know how you’re always thinking, “I should really do something charitable one of these days,” but never follow through on it? Now is the perfect time to finally give back—as well as the perfect place to do so! “One of the best ways to feel like part of your new community is to connect with the people and environment in a way that only volunteering can offer,” says Angela Stringfellow from American Family Digest. “Volunteering gives you the chance to make a real difference in your community.”

Depending on where you live, the opportunities will vary. But you’re likely to find a cause that speaks to your heart. For instance, there may be an organization that helps out the environment, or another one that offers integration services for new immigrants. Perhaps there’s a women’s shelter, or a program to assist underprivileged children. 

With your unique skill set, you may be just what they’re looking for too. For example, if you’re a marketer, you may be able to help by promoting their organization. Whereas, if you’re a great cook, you may be able to help provide food for busy staff, organize a bake sale, or provide food to those who are without. The possibilities are endless!

Get Networking

One final tip for becoming more involved in your community is to network. Networking is a fantastic way to make business connections and get to know of any job opportunities you wouldn’t otherwise have access to. It’s also not nearly as scary as you may think, if you keep some handy tips in mind. 

Just like joining a community group and volunteering, you may have to do a bit of research to find these opportunities (remember, if there aren’t any available, you can always create your own!) If you’re part of a particular industry, you may be able to look for industry-specific networking events in your area. Internations may also highlight networking opportunities nearby.

Every event will be different, but they will generally involve some type of interaction with the other attendees. Usually, this will involve introducing yourself and what you do, as well as exchanging contact details (so remember to bring your business cards). Some events may even involve a seminar or feature a guest speaker. If you have some knowledge to share, perhaps you can offer to give a talk or lead a workshop. With work taking up so much of our lives, it makes sense to seek out opportunities that will help you to more easily integrate work-wise.