Regardless of your own personal political beliefs, and which part of the political spectrum you personally fall on, we can hopefully all agree that government plays a crucial role in maintaining the democracy we all live in.
But it is about more than just the White House; local government has a massive impact on your community, and getting directly involved in local government is a great way to really “be the change you want to see”.
If you are looking to give back, have a look at some of the ways you can get involved in your local government:
First of all make sure you vote
A great many people know how important it is to turn out and vote for the next president, but a disappointingly small number of those people don’t seem to realize how equally important it is to vote in local elections, where the results could have a very immediate, direct impact on your local community. So, one of the best ways to start getting involved in local government is making sure you turn up for every vote or referendum to make sure your voice is heard.
Get to know the elected officials in your area
There are many online resources available to find out who the elected officials are where you live. This is vital information to know if you want to be involved and make a change. Once you know who the leaders are, find out how to contact them so you can let them know what you think needs to be done to positively impact your community.
Follow your passion
If you are unsure where to begin, see if there is an issue in your community that you particularly care about and then make this your driving force. Focusing on an issue you’re passionate about is a great way to “get your foot in the door” with your local government and can help you keep your momentum going.
Attend council meetings
The only way to know what is going on with your local government is to make sure you turn up. Get to know your city hall and when / where all the important meetings that impact your community take place. Turning up in person is a great way to make sure your voice is heard by your local government.
Look for organisations to join
No person is an island, and it can be hard to feel like you’re making an impact in your community if you are going it alone.
Look for organisations or candidates in your local community that are campaigning for issues that are close to your heart and volunteer. There’s always a need for more time, money or hands on work so you can be sure there will be some way you can get involved and help.
Run for office yourself
Though this won’t be for everyone, if you find getting involved in your local government lights a fire in your belly that can’t be put out, then you may want to think about running for office yourself.
Visit the Borough of Dunmore to learn more about how you can make a positive impact on your local community.