Home Improvement Enthusiasts Help Build Community

by Rachel Laurendeau on August 8, 2013

snow plow Naperville, ILI just got home from a trip out to my favorite Fair Trade market where I once again saw the long-popular How To Build a Community poster, designed by artist Karen Kerny and published by Syracuse Cultural Workers. It got me thinking and inspired me to write this blog post.

How can we, as DIYers, home improvement enthusiasts, crafters, gardeners and artists, make a positive impact on our local community?

• Grow an extra row or two of veggies and donate them to a local soup kitchen or food bank.
• Volunteer with a community garden or horticultural therapy program.
• Plant plenty of flowers and cut them for bouquets that you drop off to a seniors’ center or hospice.
• Decorate your home with handmade crafts and art by local artists or bought from fair trade stores.
• Share your home improvement skills and knowledge with a new neighbor or with youth at your community center.
• Take part in a Habitat For Humanity build.
• Buy building supplies from the ReStore.
• Turn flea market finds into repurposed treasures.
• Organize a block party or barbeque with folks on your street.
• Mow your elderly neighbor’s lawn, clean their gutters or take care of their snow removal when you’re doing yours.
• Share snow plowing services with your neighbor.
• Participate in (or organize) community cleanup days.
• Join a tool-sharing coop in your community.

In addition, you can make informed choices and hire contractors, services and companies that are socially responsible and give back to the community. There are a thousand small ways for home improvement junkies to help improve their communities; it’s just a matter of thinking about our particular skill sets and finding ways to share them.

Resource: Syracuse Cultural Workers

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