How to Embrace Your Local Community

We've got some great ideas to help you feel more connected to your town. Reach out—you'll be glad you did.

Savvy Homebuying

Have you just moved into your neighborhood? Do you want to meet some new people? To shake up your usual routine, get involved in the local action.

1) Go to a Meetup

Community Matters

If you're searching for new homes for sale, you'll want to think about the vibe of the neighborhood. Read our blog post on “Which Community is Best for You?” for ideas on assessing local schools, safety, and lifestyle perks.

Meetup is a helpful online resource and a great way to meet people with similar interests. From new parent playgroups to tango dancing to rugby clubs, there's something for almost everyone.

2) Get Sporty

Are athletics your thing? Are there local volleyball, softball, or basketball leagues at your town's recreation center? Or, maybe you can join a round robin at the public tennis courts. If you're no stranger to spandex leggings, visit the Road Runners Club of America to find running groups in your area.

3) Visit Farmers' Markets

Support food producers in your area by buying locally produced meats, cheeses, and baked goods. Make the local farmers' market a regular part of your weekly routine—it's satisfying to create relationships with farmers and food artisans (plus, their food is fresher and tastier).

4) Woof It Up

Love your dog? Find a dog park in your area so you can meet other owners. If you don't have a pet, but want to spend time with four-legged friends, volunteer at an animal shelter. Call or visit your local rescue league for opportunities.

5) Get Dirty

Gardening is a great way to meet other like-minded people who enjoy spending time outside. Contact your parks and recreation department to find about preservation, gardening, and cleanup efforts in your area.

6) Help Where Help Is Needed

VolunteerMatch brings people and causes together. Their site showcases volunteer openings in every imaginable category. Plus, you can find long-term positions or one-day opportunities (so you don't bite off more than you can chew).

7) Look Down the Block

Is there an elderly couple that needs help carrying their garbage cans to the curb? Perhaps there's a mom who could use some occasional babysitting help. Local community is often right around the corner.

Ryan Homes Tip: Area hospitals offer lots of volunteer opportunities: Assist patients and visitors, volunteer your pooch for dog therapy, or read to children.