Some neighborhoods have the reputation of being
terrific places to live, and the difference is often the investment that people
make in their community. These neighborhoods embody a community spirit that
reflects the pride of the people who live there. In addition to the financial
investment the residents have in their property, they also invest their time by
participating in local affairs.
How can you become active in your community? You can participate in your
neighborhood association by volunteering to serve on committees, and you can
keep abreast of issues that could impact your area by testifying at hearings or
writing letters to local government officials. There may be ways that you can
help your neighbors if they are having a hard time with a serious illness or job
loss. If your children are grown, you can make a tremendous difference by doing
volunteer work in after-school tutoring programs. When some people begin to get
involved in making a difference in their neighborhood, others soon follow.