A Better Hometown

From little free libraries and blessing boxes to the upcoming local election, keep reading for tips that can make our hometown even more awesome. 

There are all kinds of ways for citizens to be more involved in our communities and make an impact.  Individuals often think that what they can give is not enough to make a difference. This little untruth can paralyze people from doing anything at all.  One person CAN make a difference and when lots of individuals give what they can, they are no longer just one person. They are part of a community.

Volunteering time is one of the most impactful ways to make a difference. Organizations that need volunteers often address broad, systemic issues. By joining other volunteers, you can see the impact these programs have firsthand. Whether a hospital, food bank, youth organization, senior program, or animal shelter there are local organizations that would benefit from your time.

Support the little free libraries by both donating and taking books. There is nothing more important than a well-read community.   Find little free libraries in my hometown at the Exchange Park, 206 Lee Avenue, Hampton, SC and the historic Hampton Colored School, 767 Holly St, Hampton, SC.

Add non-perishable food items, basic toiletries, or baby supplies to a community blessing box. Locally, we have a blessing box in the parking lot of the Hampton Methodist Church, 204 Elm Street, Hampton, SC.  Items are anonymously donated and anonymously received. A simple rule applies – leave what you can, take what you need.

Local businesses are the hallmarks (and landmarks) of any community. Buying local helps communities maintain their identity. When you are done shopping, leave a positive review online to help spread the word!

Another way to create positive community impact is to vote for local, county, city, and state government officials who can create impact.  Voting on the local level has even more impact than voting at the federal level. Informing yourself on the issues that are in front of your representatives and urging your reps to act is another way you can start making a positive social impact right in your local community. Even volunteering at polling places and ensuring everyone has access to vote is another important contribution.

My hometown, Hampton has a general election coming Tuesday, April 5, 2022.  Town residents will be voting for the offices of two council members and mayor to serve four-year terms.  The election will be held at the Hampton Town Hall. To vote in this election, persons must register no later than March 6, 2022. Those persons wishing to vote absentee ballot must contact the County Board of Elections and Voter Registration at 201 Jackson Avenue, West, Hampton, SC.  Registered voters must reside in town limits to vote.

What tips do you have to make our hometowns even more awesome?

Building “HOPE” for neighboring community, Allendale, South Carolina. Murals are a great way to enhance communities.

Previously published in the Hampton County Guardian.

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