You can help others in your community just by shopping in your community. When I was on the O’Fallon Board of Aldermen, the Economic Development department had an annual “Business Appreciation Barbecue”.
The City provided all the food and invited all the businesses. For several years, the business owners were offered a “take-home” souvenir glass. It feels good to be appreciated and develop a cooperative partnership between businesses and government.
When it comes to serving our communities, the internet has been a difficult competitor. A lot of people have no idea how much it helps their own cities when they do business with their neighbors. While many people are proud of the sales tax they are saving by buying online, they may not realize these taxes allow us to have paved streets, plowed streets, street lights, police protection, fire dousing services, ambulance transportation and many other services.