Moving to a new city is seldom easy. You have to learn the ropes, starting with finding a place to live, learning which local spots speak to your style, and finding friends to help you enjoy your new journey.
If you’ve recently decided to call one of North Carolina’s most popular cities home, here are five ways to get involved in your new community in Charlotte:
Volunteering encompasses tons of different types of people and places. What’s important is finding something you enjoy doing so you’ll have a good time for a great cause as you learn about your new home. As an added bonus, you’ll probably meet some like-minded folks who can turn into great friends if you’re open to the possibility.
Here are some volunteer options to consider:
- Animal shelters
- Youth organizations
- Nursing homes
- Adult literacy programs
- Helping with landscaping at senior living facilities
- Food kitchens
2. Join a Club
Do you have a hobby you’re passionate about? Perhaps there’s something you’ve always wanted to learn how to do, but you never made time. This is the perfect opportunity to spread your wings and find a club or two where you can spread your wings. Consider:
- Book clubs
- Photography groups
- Writing sessions
- Walking or jogging with neighbors
Check out NextDoor or Meetup for ideas and easy-to-join groups!
3. Take a Class
From fitness to fine art, classes are a great way to meet people and put yourself out there. Keep your eyes and ears open, and take any class that may be of interest to you. You don’t have to go back if you don’t like it, but, chances are, you’ll find a few things you really enjoy doing.
Be sure to check out rec centers, colleges, and any online interest groups that fit your fancy, as these folks will lead the way to fun events around town.
4. Get Out!
Take yourself to brunch. Make a list of coffee shops, and hit one each Saturday. Talk to the bartender at your local dive.
5. Engage with Neighbors
Whether you’re walking your dog or wandering through a garage sale, there are plenty of people waiting to meet you!
We hope have you found these five ways to get involved in your new community in Charlotte to be helpful. If you have any other advice, please feel free to share it on our social media pages!