to Build a Healthy
To improve the community and to make it a place where all residents feel healthy, safe, and cared for, takes work and dedication that has to come from the heart. Strong communities are the result of mutual collaboration of people who work on things that matter to them to bring about sustainable positive change.
This website was created to bridge all community members and act as a resource page for those looking utilize the many programs and facilitates that Edmonton has to offer.
A Community That Works Together,
“Success isn’t about how much money you make; it’s about the difference you make in people’s lives.” Michelle Obama
Most of us want to do the right thing when it comes to our communities. We want them to be free of violence and disease while serving as a platform for aspiring youth and the underprivileged. All of us would like to have a support system that we can rely on in times that we need it the most.
But how do we develop such a community in the first place? Strong communities are the result of mutual collaboration of people who work on things that matter to them to bring about sustainable positive change.
To improve communities and to make them places where residents feel healthy, safe, and cared for, takes work and dedication that has to come from the heart. A single person cannot take on this monumental task alone no matter how passionate they are about helping the less fortunate. They have to partner with organizations and people who share their vision both inside and outside their social circles.
Here are a few ways you can create a cycle of giving and bring about positive change:
Volunteer in your community by cleaning up neighborhoods or the local park. You can also read to the elderly, volunteer at a nursing home, or the local food shelter.
Organize an event to support a cause you care about and ask your peers and family to participate. This can be anything in the form of a clothing drive or food drive for the local youth shelter, or a yard sale to benefit a local charity.
Write a letter to the local authorities about improvements that can be made in the community and work to make it happen. See trash on the sidewalk? Write to the mayor about installing garbage cans in the area. See the anyone doing drugs in the open? Let them know about syringe service programs or SEPs to connect them with healthcare.
Sponsor a non-competitive walk or a marathon to raise awareness and funds for the needs of the locals and the underprivileged.
Share your efforts and results with your peers to encourage them to participate with you, and build a strong network of support.
Show some love and compassion.
The bottom line is that in order for a community to come together the people have to become a unit first. By committing themselves to helping those in need, they can become a force to be reckoned with. This in turn can reassure sponsors and partners who are capable of providing funds and technical support, which can make their efforts bring forth tangible results.
The collaboration should be as inclusive as possible so that holistic solutions can be implemented that can serve the community as a whole. This includes individuals who are facing problems, the local members of the existing partnerships, support organizations and governmental agencies. The aim is to strengthen the community’s ability to address what matters to them and which can provide positive change to vulnerable residents.