6 Ways to Connect With Your Community
Find your people.
We’re just going to come right out and say it—summer is officially over. People are returning from vacations and summer shares and settling back in at home. There’s never been a better time to (finally!) meet your neighbors and get involved in your community. Where to begin? We’re so glad you asked.
In your neighborhood
See who’s around
Sign up for Nextdoor, a social network that’s specific to your neighborhood. Use it to meet people who live nearby, start and join groups and share news—New York City has already partnered with the app to post relevant news, like extreme weather reports.
Go old school
Introduce yourself to people you see every day. Start a standing BYOB happy hour on your stoop. Organize a play date if you’ve both got kids. Instead of parking in front of the Real Housewives, sit outside when it’s nice out. Find a community garden. Put up fliers for a book club. In an age in which we can talk to our friends online and have virtually anything delivered, it’s never been more important (and less intuitive) to put ourselves out there—in person.
Attend conferences and events
No matter where you are in your career, events are one of the easiest ways to make connections to people in your industry. Go to conferences, speaking events, networking functions and so on. You’ll meet people with similar interests who could become long-lasting personal friends and professional allies.
Find or become a mentor
If you’ve reached a point in your career where you’ve found success, pay it forward by sharing your experience and knowledge with a rising star. On the other hand, if you’re just starting out, identify someone whose career you’d like to emulate and build a relationship with them. (Angie Chang, a self-proclaimed “connector for women in tech,” created a guide to finding a mentor.)
In your city
Tell VolunteerMatch what you care about (animals) and where you live (Brooklyn), and they’ll tell you where your services are needed (a local dog shelter), and set a goal to volunteer regularly (say, every other Wednesday after work). You’ll get to know people who share your passions and—let’s be honest—no one ever regretted volunteering their time to a worthy cause.
Join a group
Sign up for Meetup, check off your interests and see groups of like-minded people in your area. Join a running group, meet other moms nearby and find freelancers to work with, all in one sitting.