Problems within a community can prevent people from living safe, happy, and productive lives. Promoting peace in a community is an extraordinary challenge, and it often requires the work and dedication of many community members. However, you can help to promote peace within your community by encouraging good relationships with your neighbors, learning more about your community's history, and taking action to deal with violence.
Become more familiar with your community. Getting to know individuals from many different backgrounds and walks of life within your community may give you a new perspective on the problems facing your community. Some ways to get to know the people and places in your community might include:
Plan a peaceful event. If you want to raise awareness about problems facing your community and encourage peace in your community, then organizing a peaceful event is a good option. Try banding together with some local community members to put together an event, such as a community picnic, a food drive for a local food bank, a peaceful protest, or a walk through your community to raise awareness about a problem your community is facing.
Explore volunteer opportunities. Volunteering is great way to help your community and it may also be a good way to promote peace. Local anti-violence organizations may have a need for volunteers in outreach or other programs. However, don't limit your considerations just to organizations focusing on violence. Any opportunity to better the community, from volunteering to pick up trash to participating in after-school programs for children, will allow you to meet new people in your community, and promote a sense of togetherness and cooperation.
Make sure you have current contact information for your neighbors. Encourage everyone in your neighborhood to do the same, and be sure to provide your own contact information to your neighbors. This will allow you to quickly get in touch with your neighbors when a problem arises. It will also make it easier to check on people in your community and maintain your relationships with them. Here are some suggestions for information to gather:
Attend and participate in community events. Community events give community members the opportunity to get to know one another in a safe, positive environment, creating a sense of community spirit and cooperation. Make it a habit to seek out opportunities to gather with your fellow community members, such as at a neighborhood barbeque, school event, church function, festival, or charity drive.
Go to local government meetings. Most towns, and most communities within larger cities, have some form of local government or citizen council that holds meetings that are open to the public. At these meetings, community members have an opportunity to voice concerns and learn about changes in local laws and policies. Attending these meetings is a great way to learn about what's happening in your community and to voice your concerns.