Living in a great community will make your life better. But good communities only become great when people like you get involved.

give-backGive back

The number one way to better society is to get involved. Take time to think about your interests – what you have compassion for or what you really enjoy doing. Then, find a way to connect your passions with a need in the community. You’ll find fulfillment while making your community a better place.

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Let’s face it – most of us have more than what we need. And some of us even have more than what we want. So the next time you’re about to throw something out, ask yourself if it could be reused by someone else. Consider passing along reuseable items to friends or donating items to a local thrift store or charity.

give-sustainablyGive sustainably

Many of us give gifts to friends and family, and there are many ways to make gift giving more sustainable. Try alternative gift wrapping ideas (check out Pinterest to spur your creativity) to limit wasted wrapping paper and bows. Buy from local retailers and you’ll support your local economy. Or, for the person who already has everything, opt to give to a charity in his or her name instead.


Ready for more?

Change Your State shows you how simple, everyday actions make a big difference. Check out these other ways to improve your life, NC State and the world: travel smartereat greensave energywaste lesswork on wellness and wise up about water.