Finding support and help: how your community can make a difference
Updated: Oct 2, 2019
Each community has resources and services to meet the needs of the people in their community. So, how do we know where to turn and how do we find the right support and help when we need it?
1. Identify your needs. The best resource for support and help are out there. By identifying your needs, you can help narrow your search. For example, are your needs immediate or ongoing? Do you need a service or do need practical advice on general questions?
2. Set Goals. Once you have identified your needs, set goals that can become actionable items. Pace yourself and check off items you have accomplished in order to track progress.
2. Create a list. Write down the names of organizations you contact and who you spoke to. It will help if you prepare your questions in advance. This way, you can reference the answer to your question, check it off and move on to the next item.
4. Be open to feedback. People want to help you and they want to provide solutions that make sense. Sometimes an organization may not be able to assist you in one way, but can offer suggestions to an alternative program or organization that may be useful. This type of information is worth a follow-up. Sometimes professionals can identify new needs. Be open to feedback and ask questions.You may learn something new in the process. Remember, no question is a stupid question.
4. Be proactive. Once you receive feedback, be proactive and work your list of organization contacts. Refine your search as needed.
5. Be persistent. Never give up. If you are unable to find what you need on the first try, ask for advice on where is the best place to start. You can also ask a friend or family member to assist you. The resources are there whether on a local, state or national level. Or a combination thereof. It may take time, but keep in mind the goal of finding help is well within reach.