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Business owners and non-profits routinely look for new and innovative ways to get their names in front of the community. However, it’s also important to take advantage of the many established ways to plug into your community.

While making a big splash is always nice, many residents will be more appreciative of long-term commitments to the well-being of the community. Here are five excellent strategies and and easy ways to plug into your community as a business owner or non-profit.

1. Support Local Events

Every community has celebrations, concerts, and other events where volunteer support is a must to keep the events alive. By actively supporting those types of events, businesses and non-profits demonstrate their commitment to the community and will likely receive accolades from the event organizers and those benefiting from the events.

2. Help Needy Area Homeowners

Many non-profits and businesses have explored the needs of area residents and come up with great ways to help. Painting homes for elderly residents, rebuilding steps and porches, and even replacing roofs are common ways to provide much-needed help for area residents. Other people always take notice when organizations lend a helping hand. Talk to community members and other organizations to identify local needs and develop ways to address those needs.

3. Take Care of Food Needs

While food banks and other groups try to meet the food needs of area residents, they can’t accomplish their objectives without support. Volunteers are always needed, but donations of food are also needed to keep a food support system operating. Whether it’s supply or distribution, there are always ways non-profits and businesses can help.

4. Provide Transportation

Most communities have some sort of transportation support available, but it often fails to meet the needs of some residents. Elderly people, for example, frequently need rides to appointments or stores. Find out where existing transportation support efforts are lacking and fill the void. Of course, a business or non-profit can also volunteer to bolster the existing systems when needed.

5. Be Generous

Thrift shops abound in nearly every community, and they always need quality goods to sell. Since those shops are usually established with specific goals in mind, find one that supports your beliefs and contribute generously. That can mean donating goods, but it also includes volunteering your time. Whether the shop supports homeless veterans, pets, or a local youth center, they can’t function without help.

If a new need has developed in the community, it may also be important to establish a new thrift shop to fund that need. Donate your organizational skills to help a new shop get off the ground and look for ways to continue supporting the cause.

Since every community has different needs, it’s likely your community has other worthy endeavors to support. The important thing is to lend a hand where it will do the most good. Your business or non-profit will certainly get the tributes it deserves but, more importantly, you’ll be helping community members that truly need support.