Sunday, May 26, 2019

Building Stronger Communities by Taking One Positive Action at a Time

by Ethan Hulme

Everyone wants to make his or her community a better place, but sometimes people aren’t sure what to do or where to start. It can also be uncomfortable to acknowledge the economic and social differences in our communities. Yet when we reach out with true compassion to others, it is an acknowledgement of the value every human life brings to the whole.

One doesn’t need to do anything spectacular to make a big difference; a small act of kindness can be a miracle in someone’s life. Below are some ways to be an effective community game-changer.

For the Elderly

Elders are often a forgotten yet vital part of our communities. Though brimming with wisdom, many are unable to do daily tasks that once were easy. Volunteer to help the elderly with:

Checking smoke detectors.
Building a wheelchair ramp.
Creating a leaf-raking program for the homebound.
Hosting a movie night at a care facility.


Whether it is our neighbors living in the streets, or our neighbors struggling to keep their homes, every season has a different challenge. Consider:

  • Hosting a winter coat drive.
  • Doing a back-to-school supply drive.
  • Teaming up to place flags at veterans’ graves.
  • Organizing a holiday toy/food drive.

Educational Events

Many of us have a special passion or knowledge that others would appreciate. Consider hosting a workshop on:

  • Do-it-yourself basic home repair.
  • Suicide awareness.
  • How diversity strengthens our communities.
  • Cooking on a budget.

These are only a few suggestions about how to give back to the community. There are so many needs—and so many forgotten people in our society—that it can be overwhelming to know where to start, but actions don’t have to be big to be impactful. Everyone has something to give. It is not what one has to give that is the question, but how one can give it.

Ethan H. Hulme is a financial associate at Thrivent Financial, located at 13901 N. Harvey Ave., Edmond. For more information, call 405-242-2122, email, or visit