Community gardens are a great way to bring the church and the community together. Church leaders should call on the community for the upkeep of the garden, and to run a distribution program. The community will benefit from the garden by having access to fresh fruits and vegetables they would normally have to purchase from a grocery store or fruit market outside of their area. During the initial planting and designing of the garden, church members and leaders will have the opportunity to work side by side with members of the community.Never heard of this before? Get up to speed here. This will produce new relationships between the community and the church. Many religious institutions across the nation have began this type of community outreach program and have been successful. Church leaders should be sure to reach out to the youth in the community as well as the adults when they began the garden outreach. Youth who participate in the program will learn new skills and become interested in other programs that the church has to offer. Parents who find their youth interested in church functions may also become curious and began to look into the other resources available through the church. This is how community relations are built.
November 24th, 2011
Consumers do not need to rely on the electric company to disperse the electrical energy to their home. There are alternate sources. Alternate sources include solar energy with the use of solar panels and wind energy with the use of windmills.
Solar energy is very popular. People install solar panels to the roof of their homes or buildings that collect energy from the rays of the sun. Solar panels are modular. This means that you can add more solar panels to the existing solar panels as you need them.I was looking for more information and found it here. Solar panels are light and easy to haul up to the roof. They typically weigh only about twenty pounds. Because the sun is always shining, you will always be able to accrue solar energy.
Wind energy is becoming very popular. Wind energy is a clean way to use electricity. People who use this type of energy invest in a windmill or wind turbine. These can be expensive to buy but in the end, you are paying off that wind turbine and saving extreme amounts of money. Wind turbines are set up in your yard, typically on a higher elevation to catch the wind at the perfect point.
By using alternative energy, you will be helping to conserve our country.
November 20th, 2011
Green and eco-friendly communities are growing in popularity, but many areas are lacking in growth simply because they do not know where to begin. Building a green community is more than having recycling bins, compost collections, and a “Green Day”, at a local school. It means that are particular group of folks are sensitive and committed to creating, using, and supporting green energy sources every step of the way. Here are some ways to consider.
The creation of a large local farmers’ market that is used all year long is good for the local economy of any community. The items that cannot be used should go to a community compost so that everyone can use it for spring gardens.
A community should give incentives for the use of solar enrgy, windpower, and weatherization efforts in the area. Giftcards to local restaurants can be a great way to reward the community.
There should be bulk recycling done, and the proceeds used to fund youth projects, and other human service projects in which the whole community can benefit. This helps everyone.
Finally, there should be a mandate that environmental friendly building materials be used in all current projects and no exceptions. Eco-friendly, all the way.
November 17th, 2011
If your community holes up on the weekends to watch directtv satellite HD or spend time with their nuclear families we’ve got a few suggestions for getting everyone out and together. If you’re working on bringing your neighborhood together, try some of these tactics:
Plant a Community Garden: Who doesn’t love a reason to work together for something that has a payoff? A community garden is great for kids and the environment and it’s going to save everyone money when they can harvest their own vegetables!
Create a Cause: Why not come up with a neighborhood walk or event to benefit a cause everyone can get behind? Plan a 5K or even a volunteer day and encourage everyone in your community to participate together. Neighborhood Yard Sale: If your neighbors seem to be money motivated, offer the opportunity to sell your old junk at a giant joint yard sale. Keep some of the profits to go towards community projects and allow everyone equal space and the opportunity to meet and interact before the big day.
November 10th, 2011