A local community has the power to shape the way someone grows up and can affect the rest of their life in a very positive, or negative way depending on the circumstance. While many wish they could do more to positively impact their community, most feel as if they don’t have enough time to do so. The following ideas are just a few of many that take little time, but can have enormous impacts.

Coach Youth Sports

Being a mentor in the community gives individuals the opportunity to make a positive impact on the youth. Children who have mentors are also far less likely to get involved in criminal activity at a young age, or later on in life. By playing a positive role in the upbringing of a child, mentors have the opportunity to leave their marks on the community, and help in bringing up the next generation of great mentors.

Youth sports have so many positive benefits for local communities. Sports have the capability to instill healthy living practices in children from a very young age. Regular exercise is one of the easiest ways to fight childhood obesity which has become an ever increasing issue across the United States. Youth sports have also been shown to make children both better students as well as better citizens in the long run. Team building is an important part of any child’s development and this can be fostered by a coach that will instill the foundation of their character.

Frequent A Farmers Market

Buying locally in a community has the opportunity to support local businesses, as well as lower the carbon footprint of a commercial value chain. Typical produce, for example, has to travel thousands of miles to reach supermarket shelves, which involves the use of fossil fuels. By buying local produce at a farmer’s market, none of these emissions are incurred. Also, this purchase puts more money into the local economy. This means that more reinvestment into the local community can occur. This can do things like increase property values, as well as improve the quality of public schools. Farmer’s markets are just the tip of the iceberg, local small businesses also fall into this category.