20 Ways to Neighbor with Community enCompass

Want to give back to core-city Muskegon?

Here at Community enCompass the opportunities to give back to your community are endless, but here are 20 ways you can get involved today.

Sacred Suds:
Laundromat and Community Center

1. Solicit Donations: We need laundry soap…..Lots of it!

2. Volunteer: We need volunteers for day-shifts at the front reception desk, Monday through
Thursday, 9 to 12 or 1 to 5 PM.

3. Something new? Develop layout design and build-out for Internet Café at Sacred Suds.

McLaughlin Grows Urban Farm:
Muskegon’s FIRST and ONLY Urban Farm…..Veggies are grown in the neighborhood, by neighbors, for neighbors.

4. Purchase your veggies at the farm! How?
a. Become a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Member: Purchase a “share of the farm” on the front end of the growing season, and get weekly bags of fresh organic, locally grown veggies all throughout the growing seasons: May through November!
 b. Visit us at Muskegon Farmers’ Market every Saturday.

5. Solicit Donations:
a. Purchase a CSA Share and then donate it to a local food pantry.
b. Acquire incentives for neighbors who enroll in our “Muskegon Prescribes Food for Health” cooking/nutrition classes: kitchen utensils, blenders, crock-pots, paring knives,
cutting boards, measuring cups, etc.

6. Volunteer: Harvest with us at the Farm every other Saturday. Pick a Saturday or come

“34 Isabella” Home Redemption/Rehab:
We take the worst house on the block, restore it, and re-neighbor it!

7. Solicit Donations for 34 Isabella, our next Home Redemption Project. This is home is stripped “down to the studs”. We need drywall, cabinets, counter-tops, fixtures, flooring, you name it.

8. Volunteer: Bring a hammer and help us restore this home at 34 Isabella! Organize a volunteer day for your group.

9. Something new? Develop and implement a landscaping plan for 34 Isabella.

Neighborhood Christmas Store:
Neighbors keep the dignity of shopping for their family members, but pay 10% of the purchase price, so that it’s affordable for them.

10. Solicit Donations: Organize a “Gift Drive” and encourage your colleagues and workplace to purchase gifts for our 9th Annual Neighborhood Christmas Store.

11. Volunteer: We need gift wrappers on the 4 days the Christmas Store is open for business
(Dates: TBD) 

Youth Empowerment Project (YEP):
Leadership Development Program for Core City Teens

12. Solicit Donations: Create a Go-Fund-Me Page that solicits cash donations to support YEPs 6th Annual College Spring Break Tour: This 4 day trip over spring break costs $500 per student, with 20 students hoping to attend.

13. Volunteer: Spend 30 minutes a week with a Reading Buddies Student at Nelson
Elementary School. 

Learn about us and help us tell our story:

14. Dig deep with one of these programs by taking photos of the program in action that they can be used to tell the story of the project, Community enCompass, and our neighbors.

15. Create a short video about an element of our work that inspires you. We will post it to
Facebook and our website.

16.Interview one of the Community enCompass Project Directors or neighbors and share what you learned with your community through a blog/article.

17. Become a Community enCompass content creator. Write an article or make a video that
investigates a social issue in Muskegon’s core-city neighborhood and how Community
enCompass is working within the Community.

18. Donate your skills and passions: Are you an admin whiz, or computer king? Do you have a skill set that you would like to donate? Share your skills and passions with us, we can put them to good use in the community.

19. Be a social media warrior for Community enCompass. Share, like, and engage with posts from all of our projects, spreading the word about the good work we do in the community.

20. BE A GREAT NEIGHBOR! Where ever you call home, be a good neighbor and get involved in your community!

Contact Sarah, Executive Director, (sarah@communityencompass.org) to get involved in Community enCompass or click the button below!