Starting A Community Organization: Five Suggestions

If you feel there's a real need for a specific community organization in your town or city, it can seem like a big job to get it off the ground. Using these organizing ideas, you should be able to make the process manageable and start a group that benefits others in your community.

1-Talk to People

Before moving forward with the project, you need to be sure that your instinct to start the group aligns with the desires of those in the community. Start talking to parents, people on the street, community members in your existing clubs and others. Try to get a "real-time" feel for whether people would be on board with your organization.

2-Research County Demographics 

You'll also want to get the cold hard facts which can support the need for an organization like the one you want to start. If you want to start something for single mothers, it will help to know how many single moms are in your area, for example. You can get this information from local government offices or various state agencies.

3-Talk to Politicians

Often, an important part of community organizing is to make yourself known to local politicians. Politicians can secure government grants or other sources of public funds for you; their involvement will also give you networking opportunities that lead to sites for your organization meetings and supplies for your group. Seek out politicians who seem to be politically aligned with the type of work your organization will be doing. Ensure you research politicians beforehand to be confident that your interactions with them will be viewed favorably by those you hope will join your organization.

4-Get Online

The internet is becoming a great tool for organizing on a local level. Your online activity can catch the eye of possible organization members as well as businesses who might sponsor your work. Set up an organization site that details the goals of your organization and the types of activities you'll do. You might set up a mailing list that people can join if interested.

5-Link with Other Organizations

Existing community organization administrators can be great to meet. They can guide your organizing efforts and suggest sponsors, activities and give you ideas. They might also be willing to run events with you.

Building a community organization can be rewarding and beneficial to people throughout your community. Using these organizing suggestions can ensure your community efforts pay off.