Just as we all experience success and important milestones, we go through times of adversity and pain. Having a community around to lift us up in a time of need and praise us when we do something well is beneficial. With community comes a fellowship with others and common attitudes, interests, and goals.

But what if you don’t already have an established community? Is it possible to create that sense of community within your own social network?

Creating community isn’t difficult if you are willing to put yourself out there. Here are a few suggestions to help you create a sense of community amongst your friends, colleagues, and even those people you have yet to meet.

Volunteer Your Time

Taking a few hours every week or month to volunteer and give back can be one of the easiest and most satisfying ways to start building your community. Consider volunteering your time locally and sharing information about the work you do. Sharing could even inspire others to do the same! Baby boomers Heather Hudson, Barbara Freeman Hannig, and Allan Richardson love the chances they get to volunteer and help others. “By volunteering, you might make a difference in someone’s life who you might not be able to ordinarily affect,” Allan said.

Communicate Face to Face

The world is so digital these days that it’s easy to hide behind a computer screen or smartphone. However, the value of face-to-face communication is priceless and is a great way to create and maintain connections with others. When you meet someone new, instead of connecting with them online, set up a time to meet for coffee or lunch. Your lunch could turn into a weekly or monthly get-together, and might grow into a larger group if you start inviting more friends to join you.

Partner With Others

If it all sounds like too much, don’t feel like you have to take on the responsibility of maintaining a community group alone. When you find others that are excited about and involved in what you are doing, share the planning and execution of events with them. Pay attention to what others enjoy and have them participate in something that will make them shine.

Creating a strong sense of community within your network can be incredibly rewarding. When you are part of a community that offers help and support, you tend to have a stronger sense of purpose. Take a moment to try one or all of these suggestions to help you create your own community and let us know if you experience success.