Communities provide resources to residents in need. Often, community resources remain unused because people are unsure how to access free or low-cost information, goods and services. You can access community resources through public schools, faith-based organizations such as churches and civic organizations.
School districts receive federal and state funding to provide resources such as adult continuing education, tutoring, books, computers and classroom space to community members at the lowest cost possible. Nonprofit organizations provide communities with resources such as health care, mental health services, food banks, shelter during adverse weather conditions and services to victims of violence. Faith-based organizations including churches, mosques, synagogues and temples also offer members and nonmembers access to community resources.
School districts help families in need benefit from community educational resources by providing free and low-cost English language acquisition, literacy and GED preparation classes. During weather-related emergencies, local Red Cross chapters provide resources to shelter community members in need. Nonprofit organizations such as the March of Dimes, a resource itself, raise money and connect families with health care assistance. Faith-based organizations connect community members facing homelessness and joblessness with resources to help them get back on their feet. They also connect political refugees with community resources to begin new lives in America.
Joining and being an active member of a church is an effective way to learn about community resources. If faith-based organizations are not for you, nonprofit organizations offer highly specialized services in the community resources they provide. To avoid disappointment, determine your exact needs before contacting nonprofit agencies.