How are you involved in making your community a better place to live and work? This is the time of year when there are ample easy opportunities to do something good in your community. Food drives, coat drives and toy drives abound, and it’s easy to make a donation without expending a lot of effort. But what about the other ten months of the year?
You can make your communities better all year round, not just during the holidays. It does take a bit more effort to find opportunities to get involved at other times of the year, but not much more. There are countless community organizations and charities that need your time and expertise to be successful in making this little corner of the world a better place to live.
In October, we at Roper Insurance partnered with Denver Urban Matters for a food drive. Food banks everywhere will readily attest that the needs they fill don’t end after the holidays. They can use your help as much in January and July as they can in December.
There are many other ways to be involved in improving your community as well. Volunteering at a local school, library, animal shelter or hospital are great ways to help out. As a company, and as individuals, at Roper Insurance we’ve been involved with a number of community associations including the Littleton Town Hall Arts Center, Up with People, the Kemp Foundation, Brent’s Place, The Center for Trauma and Resilience, Crisis Center and Community Resource Center. If public volunteering isn’t your thing, there are countless local and national charitable organizations that can benefit from your skills. Find a cause that resonates with you, that you feel passionate about, and commit some of your time to it.
Not sure where to start or how to find the right opportunity? Check out Volunteer Match, a website where you can search for opportunities near you that match your skills and interests.
Another excellent way to be involved as a business or business owner is to become a member of your local chamber of commerce.
By joining your local chamber not only are you helping to grow your business, and helping grow other businesses, chambers also offer many opportunities to get involved in both the business community and the community at large. Chambers partner with many different community organizations, giving members many options for service. Whether you want to be involved as a company or as individuals, your local Chamber of Commerce is full of opportunity. You’ll be giving to your community and you’ll also have opportunities to build your business at the same time. This is definitely a win-win. Roper Insurance is a member of the South Metro Chamber, the Denver Chamber, the Lone Tree Chamber, the Denver Hispanic Chamber, the Glendale Chamber, the Broomfield Chamber, and the Aurora Chamber of Commerce.
We encourage you this year to make a commitment to your community and to get involved in making wherever you are a better place to live and work. If you’re already involved in your community, we applaud you and we’d like to hear what you are doing. Please leave us a comment below and let us know how you’re involved. And if you’re planning on more involvement in the coming year, we invite you to use the links in this article to learn more about your local Chamber of Commerce, Denver food banks or finding your perfect fit at Volunteer Match.