How do you get involved in making your community a better place?

Ruth Hamberg

We host an outdoor singing night

Jalaal Madyun

Simon Says Give helps underprivileged kids with birthday parties

Jared Hanks

I ask myself…”what do I enjoy, what am I good at, and what do I care about”

Sara Spiess

One of the ways that I got involved in building community was by joining GenYWCA

We host an outdoor singing night

  • Ruth Hamberg
  • • Engagement Strategist

Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN

I have opportunities to make the community better in so many ways—there are tons of ways to get plugged in. Working at a nonprofit is one of the most obvious ways, but some others include grabbing meals with friends, shopping at the co-op, signing up for a CSA to support local farms, and picking up trash by the street. One of my friends hosts a weekly outdoor singing night in Saint Paul. It’s a ton of fun! It’s a mix of friends and neighborhood folks who stop by and grab a drum or mic to join in. You feel so much closer to people when you’re singing together. You might not know someone’s name, but you feel like you’re already friends. Making music every week brings joy to us, to the neighborhood, and to our community.

Simon Says Give helps underprivileged kids with birthday parties

  • Jalaal Madyun
  • • Life & Dating Coach

St. Paul, MN

Simon Says Give helps underprivileged kids with birthday parties and school supplies. And the Colin Powell Center has opportunities to help youth with sports and leadership.

I ask myself…”what do I enjoy, what am I good at, and what do I care about”

  • Jared Hanks
  • • Social Entrepreneur

Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN

I ask myself…”what do I enjoy, what am I good at, and what do I care about, what are the community’s needs/interests, how do they align with mine?” Then I ask…”what opportunities can I identify to get involved in my area of interest? What opportunities are not present that I would like to see?” From that point, I go out and connect with the opportunities that fall into my self-interest, and if I can’t find any then I create them! For example: I’m passionate about youth development, education, and community development, and I believe that each of us has our own unique way to creatively contribute to our community/world. Therefore, I co-founded a youth & community development company that Activates Power by Creating Culture through Art, Education, and Enterprise.

One of the ways that I got involved in building community was by joining GenYWCA

  • Sara Spiess
  • • Corporate and Government Relations Specialist

Minneapolis, MN

One of the ways that I got involved in building community was by joining GenYWCA, the young professionals group of the YWCA of Minneapolis. We advance the mission of the YWCA of Minneapolis to eliminate racism and empower women and girls in three primary ways: through volunteerism, philanthropy and leadership. The real key for me in getting involved was threefold: identifying a passion for improving the health and wellness of our community; seeking out an organization that resonated with my passion; and finding a way to contribute. It is a gift to be able to live out my values through GenYWCA. I hope that our work will have a positive ripple effect in making our community a healthier and more vibrant place to call home.

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