I want to make a difference in my local community but I don’t know where to start.
If this sounds like you, be assured that you are one of many. The pandemic has helped America rebuild its essential community bonds. Countless professionals have looked at ways to support their community during the pandemic:
- by providing free or discounted accommodation for healthcare workers
- by providing grocery deliveries to the most vulnerable
- by looking after each other
- by protecting their teams through remote work solutions
But as the situation is going back to normal, the community spirit is stronger than ever. Americans are looking to switch career paths to make a difference in their community. Joining the healthcare sector or the social work field are some of the most common career changes made during and after the pandemic for support. But you don’t necessarily need to change jobs to have a positive impact on your surroundings.
The architecture field
Professionals and students in architecture are familiar with David DeQuattro, who has been serving at RBG Architects for over 10 years. DeQuattro is committed to supporting industry professionals in making the right decisions with regard to green building, energy and environmental design, and urban trends. He works closely with architects to ensure projects that are delivered have a positive social impact and improve the local community.
Indeed, a building can uphold important values that are beneficial for the community:
- minimal disruption of the local wildlife
- low environmental footprint
- aesthetically appealing structure
The education sector
Teaching students is more than passing on knowledge. Teachers are pillars of today’s and tomorrow’s community through the influence they have on students.
Indeed, for many students, the teacher acts as a role model who encourages them to fulfill their potential. In exploded families, the teacher can be a stable and strong adult presence, modeling children through positive behavior and a caring approach. These lessons are an essential part of bringing a community together by giving students:
- positive social values
- essential knowledge and support
- the safety to experiment and grow
- a future to look forward to
Barbers, hairdressers, and beauticians
Too many people assume that appearances don’t matter. Yet, there is nothing wrong with wanting to feel “pretty”. In fact, grooming is an essential act of physical and mental health care. It’s no secret that a haircut can positively transform your mood. But specialist hair and beauty professionals understand the role of own’s personal appearance in self-esteem and self-confidence. As a result, many barbers and hairdressers provide community support on their day off by visiting healthcare centers to groom patients or cutting the hair of homeless people on the street. The small act of kindness is a sign for the vulnerable ones that their community has their backs and cares. If you are in the beauty sector, there are many ways you can support your local community:
- Provide free hair and beauty services to those in needs
- Visit hospices and nursing homes for elderly and terminally ill services
- Arranging for free hours in your salon when vulnerable and homeless can visit
In conclusion, supporting your community doesn’t require you to change your career. On the contrary, the needs of your local community are diverse and complex. The act of giving back, in one way or another, is the best support you can give. Which other careers do you think can give back and how?