A yellow lily sits open proudly near a blooming bud in the vegetable garden of South City anarchist collective house called Bolozone in South City St. Louis June 2009.

Photograph by Nora Jehle, My Shot

Get ideas for how you can make a difference in your community through everyday activities. Meet your neighbors while learning more about where you live.

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Raise Money

Start a drive to help members of your community or another community. For example, start a book or coat drive, a disaster-relief drive, a fundraising drive, or a canned goods drive.

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Organize a Block Party

Ask neighbors to bring food, music, and activities that reflect their culture or family.

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Help a Neighbor

Adopt a neighbor who could use some extra help. Lend a hand with shoveling snow, scraping ice from a car, yard work, taking out trash and recycling, walking a dog, grocery shopping, or other tasks.

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Offer to babysit a neighbor's child.

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Join a Team

Join a community team or league.

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Find Your Parks

Use the MapMaker Interactive to find where you live. Zoom in to find your community, and take note of all the public parks, big and small. Then visit a new park each weekend. Take pictures and make your own guidebook of parks in your community.

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Community Jobs

Find out what different people in your community do. With a family member, go talk to a firefighter, a librarian, a construction worker, and people in other professions that interest you.

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Improve Your Neighborhood

Make your neighborhood a better place. Volunteer to do things like pick up trash or repair playground equipment.