by: Natasha Higgins
Soon after moving to Fort Smith I learned the importance of engaging in dialogue and collaboration with community members to invest in the success of our community. Having ties to your community and community members makes a new culture a lot more welcoming while providing a sense of belonging. You get to decide how you want to impact the community. Imagine the legacy you will leave
I applaud the many businesses and organizations that encourage employees to get involved in their community. This can be through volunteering, attending city meetings, planning or attending a fundraiser, welcoming new businesses to town, or other community involvement. I am an employee of an organization that allows the time to engage in activities beyond the scope of immediate concerns. It has allowed me to be able to identify what my role is as a community leader.
Soon after moving to Fort Smith I learned the importance of engaging in dialogue and collaboration with community members to invest in the success of our community. Having ties to your community and community members makes a new culture a lot more welcoming while providing a sense of belonging. You get to decide how you want to impact the community. Imagine the legacy you will leave behind by helping to develop a culture of leadership.
Young professionals often want to improve the quality of life in their neighborhoods. They want to connect, engage, and inspire others to build a stronger community. Many of them just don’t know where to start. This is where business owners can help.
➤ Invite your younger workforce to lead initiatives for the community.
➤ Mentor young leaders–their vision and passion just might ignite your own.
➤ Allow time in the work schedule for community involvement with other young leaders.
➤ Encourage employees to volunteer for work with community organizations.
➤ Set community leadership examples through your business sponsorships or volunteer work.
Communities grow stronger through both small and large actions taken daily. Keep in mind, your ideas can be as creative and unique as the community in which you serve.
Everyone brings something to the table. Start by being aware of the needs and goals in your community. Community involvement requires building relationships. Get to know your business neighbors.
Your business is unique. Your people are unique. Your community needs the talents only you can bring to the table.
Natasha Higgins is a native Texan calls Arkansas her home. She is the Business Manager for Central Christian Church. She is passionate about serving the community and making a difference. She is a member of The Junior League of Fort Smith, Ambassador with the Fort Smith Regional Chamber of Commerce, a member of the Jaycees, and serves on numerous non-profit committees. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org