our hectic, fast-paced, consumer-driven society it's common to feel overwhelmed,
isolated and alone. Many are re-discovering the healing and empowering role that
community can bring to our lives. The sense of belonging we feel when we make
the time to take an active role in our communities can give us a deeper sense
of meaning and purpose.
involved in local government, or volunteering for the school board, local emergency
services, or a local nonprofit providing services to the underprivileged in your
community are all powerful ways to begin to feel a greater sense of connection
to your local community.
building activists believe that community building is an effective way to improve
social justice, reduce crime, and promote individual as well as community well-being.
Community building events range from simple cooperation and collaboration activities
like potluck meals and book clubs to organizing a community watch group, volunteer
drives or festivals around a shared interest. It can also include even larger
projects like engaging local participants to plant a community peace pole, create
a community garden, or work together to build or refurbish a community center,
park, playground or other shared community resource.
Day is sometimes observed on the 1st Saturday in November, but some communities
hold Community Day celebrations in the spring or summer. Community Day is an opportunity
to help bring your neighborhood together and celebrate both your diversity and
your common bond of shared community. As we build local communities, we are working
together to help create a more peaceful, just and sustainable global community.