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Summer is here! That means there is ample time and opportunity to form relationships with community members. What are some ways you can connect with your community this summer?

Plan a Block Party

The long nights of summer provide a great time to catch up with neighbors you’ve known for years plus meet new ones you may not have met yet. So get together with your neighbors, or if you are feeling adventurous, plan a block party on your own. As long as there’s music, games, and food, it’s worth it. Neighbors and community members will be grateful for the opportunity to spend time among those they live near but may never see. It also does wonders for community morale. Once everyone is together and enjoying themselves, relationships are formed and these carry over into doing good works for the community.

Bake for a Cause

It’s summertime, and you may find yourself bored in the middle of the day. A great alternative to watching tv or surfing facebook is baking! Local food banks and charities that donate food are always in need! The Great American Bake Sale is a great way to support No Kid Hungry, an organization that makes sure the children in your neighborhood get fed on a consistent basis.

Volunteer on the Field

School is out and that means camps are open! Many local teams or individual coaches and players host summer camps for area youth every summer. As a volunteer at a summer sports camp, you can share your time and expertise as an assistant coach, program assistant, referee, or just wherever they may need you. Even if you are only able to help out one day a week with the camp, that is better than nothing! By working with kids as they play sports, you have the opportunity to form special bonds with not only them but potentially their parents as well. By creating connections with kids and parents alike, you are better positioned to become a force for positive change in your community.

Instead of laying around the pool this summer, think about investing time in building up the community around you. Summer is the perfect time to throw a block party, bake tons of treats or volunteer outside with a sports camp. When you engage in these community events, you are helping to create a positive community around you!