5 Organizations Striving To Improve Their Communities

The best communities are those where everyone, regardless of who they are, feels supported and has the potential to succeed. Fortunately, there are a number of groups striving to help people thrive. This list, in no particular order, highlights several organizations working to improve the places they call home.

First up, at #1, the Junior League of Richmond has been working to develop the potential of women since 1926, improving the community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers.

The women behind JLR have set their sights on finding workable solutions to the problems confronting their community, giving their time and talents to help others in need.

In the #2 spot, we have United Way Bay Area. This organization acts as a catalyst that inspires people to invest in each other, which helps in strengthening and transforming their communities and breaking the cycle of poverty.

United Way provides funding and support to vulnerable families and individuals, and connects them with services that help meet their basic needs. The organization also helps youth and adults gain the knowledge and ability to build careers, through job training and placement.

Next up, at #3, we have the Kansas Center for Economic Growth. This nonprofit, nonpartisan organization was launched in 2013, as part of the Fiscal Focus project with Kansas Action for Children.

The center conducts research and analysis to advance and promote responsible state policies through credible, fact-based materials. It works towards making the community a place where everyone prospers.

Moving on to #4, Cleantech San Diego is a nonprofit, member-based business association that is committed to advancing sustainable solutions for the benefit of all. It aims to position the region as a global leader in the environmentally sustainable economy and smart cities movement.

CTSD promotes local, state, and federal policies by participating in a number of organized coalitions. It also discusses timely topics with its members and the community through regular gatherings and educates policymakers and regulators on the region’s cleantech industry via intimate forums.

Lastly, at #5, we have the YMCA of Central Ohio. This is an inclusive organization of people of all ages and from all walks of life, joined together by a shared commitment to nurturing the potential of kids, promoting healthy living, and fostering a sense of social responsibility.

Founded in 1855, the Y aims to strengthen and serve the whole community, helping build a sound spirit, mind, and body. It offers programs in health and fitness, swimming, child care, social services, and more.