How to Make a Difference in Your Community

Being part of a community can make a big difference in people’s lives. Community helps people feel more connected with where they live and can make a big difference in the outcome of those people’s lives. Read on to learn how you can make a difference in your community.


No matter where you live, there are opportunities all around you to volunteer and make a difference in your community. Organizations that work to better the community all need volunteers, and by giving of your time and skills, you can make a big difference. If you want to get more involved in your community, doing a quick Google search for volunteer opportunities in your area can give you thousands of ideas. It can be helpful to find volunteer opportunities that relate to your specific skill set. For example, perhaps you are a chef by trade. You can get involved in organizations such as soup kitchens and food pantries, that help to provide people in your community with food.

Mentor Local Teens

Another great way to make a difference in your community is to mentor local teens. Being a teenager can be incredibly difficult, and it’s important to surround them with people who want them to succeed. To help teenagers turn to the right sources for help, you can volunteer your time as a mentor to local teens in your community. New Pathways For Youth is an organization that provides mentors to teens facing poverty and adversity to provide them with a stable and caring adult in their life. Getting involved with similar organizations allows you to make big differences in these teenagers’ lives. 

Clean Up

No matter where you live, it is likely that your community has some need for clean-up. Whether it’s litter along the streets, or various other garbage, cleaning up these areas can make a big difference in your community. To organize a clean-up event, you can do it yourself during your free time, or get a group of volunteers to do it with you. You may even be able to set up an official clean-up service with your community leaders. Organizing this service helps keep your community clean and looking its best. 

If you truly want to make a difference in your community, there are many ways you can get involved. Every community needs people like you to make it a great place to live. Do what you can to help make your community a better place.

New Pathways for Youth is making big strides to help communities all over the Phoenix area. Click here to learn how you can help make a difference, and learn more about what NPFY does!